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Cost-benefit analysis of municipal solid wastes management systems

The European Commission proposes to enter into a study contract "Cost-Benefit Analysis of Municipal Solid Wastes Management Systems" to determine environmental and economic costs and benefits, related to reuse, recycling, incineration and landfilling of municipal solid wastes.

The study will entail forecasts by Member States on the production and composition of municipal solid wastes until the year 2000, and the expected evolution at local and national level of municipal solid wastes treatment methods until the year 2000.

The major part of the study concerns estimated financial costs and benefits of each processing route for 1993, 1997 and 2000. Estimations of collection costs will lead to the establishment of costs functions according to the collection system, to the type of area concerned (rural, semi-urban, urban). Estimations of treatment costs will lead to the establishment of cost functions, differentiated according to final treatment routes (landfilling, incineration with or without energy recovery, recycling, reuse). Environmental costs and benefits associated with each municipal solid wastes management system are to be estimated for 1993, 1997 and 2000. A sensitivity analysis will be performed to identify the key elements of arbitration between substitute management methods.

Part of the study must be completed within 6 months from the date on which the contract is signed and the whole study must be completed within the subsequent 6 months.
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