Theoretical and methodological aspects of solid waste management

  • Helde Domingos Universidade da Beira Interior/NECE
  • José Ramos Pires Manso Universidade da Beira Interior/NECE
  • Alexandre Magno de Melo Faria Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso
Keywords: municipal solid waste, environmental management, public policies.


This article has three aims: i) to carry out a current literature review of solid waste sector (MSW); ii) identify the main directions of studies of empirical and theoretical background, followed by modern research; iii) hierarchically them considering the economic scope, public policy, environmental management and operator system. This study was conducted by reviewing studies on the waste sector with content published in major international journals. The results seem to suggest there is no single standard approach in these studies, but contains key elements under the theoretical umbrella "cost" and "efficiency." The lack of literature on the production structure of the recycling sector is central issue in the current debate on MSW for convergence of approaches on account and economic costs, transaction costs, logistics, externalities and market failures. These questions is crucial to shed light to ways and scope of research on MSW at interdisciplinary and political discussions.


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Author Biographies

Helde Domingos, Universidade da Beira Interior/NECE
Economista e Mestre em Agronegócios e Desenvolvimento Regional (UFMT), Doutorando em Economia (UBI/Portugal)
José Ramos Pires Manso, Universidade da Beira Interior/NECE
Doutor em Economia, Professor Catedrático - Full Professor (UBI/Portugal)
Alexandre Magno de Melo Faria, Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso
Economista (UFMT), Mestre e Doutor em Desenvolvimento Socioambiental (NAEA/UFPA), Pós-doutor em Gestão e Economia (UBI/Portugal). Professor Adjunto IV da UFMT


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How to Cite
Domingos, H., Pires Manso, J. R., & Faria, A. M. de M. (2015). Theoretical and methodological aspects of solid waste management. Revista Produção E Desenvolvimento, 1(3), 1-14.
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