Giulia Romano (University of Pisa, Italy)
Claudio Marciano (University of Turin, Italy)
Maria Silvia Fiorelli (University of Pisa, Italy)

Best Practices in Urban Solid Waste Management

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Publication date: 12 July 2021


Romano, G., Marciano, C. and Fiorelli, M.S. (2021), "Prelims", Best Practices in Urban Solid Waste Management, Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. i-xiii.



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Best Practices in Urban Solid Waste Management

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Best Practices in Urban Solid Waste Management

Ownership, Governance, and Drivers of Performance in a Zero Waste Framework

Giulia Romano

University of Pisa, Italy

Claudio Marciano

University of Turin, Italy


Maria Silvia Fiorelli

University of Pisa, Italy

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List of Tables and Figures

Table 1. An Overview of the Urban Waste Management Operator Case Studies.
Table 1.1. Waste Generation, Excluding Mineral Waste, EU-28, 2004−2016 (Million Tons).
Table 1.2. Municipal Waste Generated (kg per Capita) during 1995–2017 and Its Variations.
Table 1.3. Municipal Waste Treatment by Treatment Method, in Million Tons and in kg per Capita.
Table 1.4. Incineration of Domestically Generated Waste, 2016.
Table 1.5. Waste Treatment, 2016 (% of Total).
Table 1.6. Municipal Waste Landfilled, Incinerated, Recycled, and Composted in EU-28 during 1995–2018 (% of the Total Amount of Waste in Tons).
Table 3.1. Trend of Separate Collection Rate and Waste per Capita and Differences with Provincial and Regional Average.
Table 3.2. Main Economic and Financial Indicators (2015−2018).
Table 5.1. Rates Applied in 2012 and 2018 by ASCIT by User Type.
Table 1. Linkage between Key Drivers and Performance Results.
Figure 1.1. Enlargement Process of the European Union.
Figure 1.2. Municipal Waste Generated (kg per Capita) in 2017.
Figure 1.3. Municipal Waste Generation and Treatment in the European Union (EU) Member States, 2015.
Figure 1.4. Development of Waste Treatment, EU-28, 2004−2016.
Figure 1.5. Municipal Waste Treatment in the EU-28, from 1995 to 2017 (kg per Capita).
Figure 1.6. Municipal Waste by Treatment Method from 2002 to 2018 in Finland.
Figure 1.7. Four Pillars of Good Waste Management for Voka Snaga Ljubljana.
Figure 1.8. Separate Collection and Residual Waste Production Results from 2004 to 2018.
Figure 1.9. Waste Generation and Recycling Rate in Helsinki Region.
Figure 3.1. Management Models in Public Service Provision.
Figure 4.1. Materiality Matrix from the Intermunicipal Waste Management of Greater Porto.
Figure 5.1. European Union's Waste Hierarchy.
Figure 5.2. The Responsibility Framework of Contarina.
Figure 5.3. Knowledge Sharing at Macro-, Meso-, and Microlevels.
Figure 1. Relationships among Ownership, Key Drivers, and Performance in a Triple Bottom Line (TBL) Approach.

List of Abbreviations


Optimal Territorial Areas


Berliner Stadtreinigungsbetriebe


Chief Executive Officer


General Direction of Employment and Labor Relations


Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization


European Union


Formia Rifiuti Zero


Gross Domestic Product


Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority


Key Performance Indicators


Municipally Owned Enterprise


Municipal Solid Waste


Not In My Backyard


Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development


Personal Absorbent Products


Pay As You Throw


Public Sector Organization


Radio-Frequency Identification


Sustainable Development Goal


Services of General Economic Interest


Services of General Interest


State-Owned Enterprise


Triple Bottom Line




Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment


Zero Waste


Zero Waste Europe


Zero Waste International Alliance

About the Contributors

Maria Silvia Fiorelli is Researcher and Teacher of Business Organization at the University of Pisa; She has a Phd in Business Economics. She is authors of papers and books about network and human resources. She teaches Business Organization in Master classes at the University of Pisa.

Latest publications: Fiorelli, M. S. (2019), Family business and leadership models; in International Journal of Business and Social Science; Fiorelli, M. S. (2018), Il processo generazionale nelle PMI (analisi e modelli di sviluppo imprenditoriale), ed. Arnus, 988865284414

Claudio Marciano is a Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Turin in Sociology of Economy and Adjunct Professor in Sociology and Politics for Innovation at University of Aosta Valley. His research interests concern sociology of territory with a focus on the urban public policy, local public services, and social innovation. Engaged in several multidisciplinary team of research for private companies and no profit organizations, he was deputy major on charge of urban sustainability and smart cities in Formia Municipality (40.000 inhab.).

Latest publications: Torres, A., Bejarano, J. F., Manzanera, R., Pellizzoni, L., Marciano, C. (2020), A critical analysis of circular economy among Southern Europe: an innovative proposal for environmental degradation and sustainability of life. In “Social Problems in Southern Europe: A Comparative Assessment” (eds Entran Duran, F., Soriano Miras, R. M., Duque Clavache, R.). Southern European Societies, Edward Elgar Publishing, London, ISBN: 978-1-78990-142-9; Marciano, C., Cassone Idone, V., Onnis, E., Paini, G., (2020), Università e Territorio: il modello del Knowledge Interchange. Il caso Piemonte 2029. In Autonomie Locali e Servizi Sociali, n.1/2020, Il Mulino: Bologna. ISSN: 0382-2278

Giulia Romano is Associate Professor of Business Administration, Corporate Governance, and Economics of Public Services. She has the National Scientific Habilitation to Full Professor. She was Scientific Coordinator of the Jean Monnet Module “European Water Utility Management” funded by the EACEA (EU) (2014–2017). She coordinated and participated in many research projects and is author of more than 50 international research articles, books, and book chapters on utility management, waste management, performance analysis, and corporate governance.

Latest publications: Minoja, M., Romano, G. (2021), Managing intellectual capital for sustainability: Evidence from a Re-municipalized, publicly owned waste management firm, Journal of Cleaner Production, 279, 123213; Romano, G., Masserini, L., Lombardi, G. V. (2021). Environmental performance of waste management: Impacts of corruption and public maladministration in Italy. Journal of Cleaner Production, 288, 125521; Romano, G., Molinos-Senante, M. (2020), Factors affecting eco-efficiency of municipal waste services in Tuscan municipalities: An empirical investigation of different management models, Waste Management, 105, 384–394; Romano, G., Rapposelli, A., Marrucci, L. (2019), Improving waste production and recycling through zero waste strategy and privatization: An empirical investigation, Resources, Conservation & Recycling, 146, 256–263


Giulia Romano and Maria Silvia Fiorelli acknowledge financial support from the University of Pisa, PRA 2018.