Policy Mixes to Achieve Absolute Decoupling: A Case Study of Municipal Waste Management

Montevecchi, Francesca (2016) Policy Mixes to Achieve Absolute Decoupling: A Case Study of Municipal Waste Management. Sustainability, 8 (5). pp. 442-464. ISSN 2071-1050

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Studying the effectiveness of environmental policies is of primary importance to address the unsustainable use of resources that threatens the entire society. Thus, the aim of this paper is to investigate on the effectiveness of environmental policy instruments to decouple waste generation and landfilling from economic growth. In order to do so, the paper analyzes the case study of the Slovakian municipality of Palarikovo, which has drastically improved its waste management system between 2000 and 2012, through the utilization of differentiated waste taxes and awareness-raising and education campaigns, as well as targeting increased recycling and municipal composting. We find evidence of absolute decoupling for landfilled waste and waste generation, the latter being more limited in time and magnitude. These policy instruments could therefore play an important role in municipalities that are still lagging behind in waste management. More specifically, this policy mix was effective in moving away from landfilling, initiating recycling systems, and to some extent decreasing waste generation. Yet, a more explicit focus on waste prevention will be needed to address the entirety of the problem effectively. (author's abstract)

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Additional Information: The author wants to acknowledge: the Palarikovo Municipal Officer Iveta Markuskova, and Palarikovo's Major Bernard Rostecký for the interview, and for the Palarikovo waste data management series, and for their kind collaboration; Michal Sedlacko for translating, interpreting and validating the outcomes of the interview; Ilona Soezc and Lisa Lange for their useful feedback and proof-reading to improve the paper; Tomas Ekvall, and three anonymous reviewers for their comments. The research leading to the presented findings has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 308674, DYNAMIX project.
Keywords: policy mixes / absolute decoupling / waste management
Divisions: Departments > Sozioökonomie > Nachhaltigkeitsmanagement
Version of the Document: Published
Variance from Published Version: None
Depositing User: Elena Simukovic
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2016 11:57
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2016 12:55
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FIDES Link: https://bach.wu.ac.at/d/research/results/77102/
URI: https://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/5180


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