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The driving factors of separate waste collection in Italy: a multidimensional analysis at provincial level

Massimiliano Agovino, Maria Ferrara () and Antonio Garofalo ()
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Maria Ferrara: University of Naples “Parthenope”
Antonio Garofalo: University of Naples “Parthenope”

Environment, Development and Sustainability: A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Theory and Practice of Sustainable Development, 2017, vol. 19, issue 6, 2297-2316

Abstract: Abstract With the recommendation of the EU environmental policies, the separate waste collection issue has become more and more an object of public concern. Nevertheless, Italy’s waste management performances need further assessment processes. Until recently, some areas, especially in the South, have experienced serious waste management crises, mainly due to low rates of separate waste collection (less than 10 % of solid waste generated). The aim of this paper is to analyse the driving factors that influence the separate waste collection. Relatively to the Italian provinces in the year 2011, the analysis consists of two steps. In the first step, we characterize different institutional and socio-economic contexts through a multidimensional scaling analysis. In the second step, we provide evidence about the presence of subsets among Italian provinces using cluster analysis. Results show that contexts featuring high institutional quality promote the separate collection process. Differently, tourism-oriented environments characterized by low institutional quality don’t produce positive effects on the recycling process.

Keywords: Government policy; Recycling; Multidimensional scaling; Cluster analysis; Italy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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