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Waste Recycling Efficiency in Sub-regions: A Case Study of Taipei County

Hu, Jin-Li and Tsai, Tsung-hsiu and Lung, Hsiao-Lan (2007): Waste Recycling Efficiency in Sub-regions: A Case Study of Taipei County.

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Waste recycling needs efforts at the local levels. This paper computes waste recycling efficiency of twenty-nine sub-regions (including ten municipalities, seven towns, and twelve villages) from 2000 to 2004. Using Taipei County in Taiwan as a case study, we apply the data envelopment analysis (DEA) and consider three inputs (environmental protection expenditures, capitals and human resources on waste recycling) and two outputs (recycling rate and amount of recycled waste) in the DEA model. The average efficiency on waste recycling is deteriorating, showing much space for recycling performance improvement. The waste recycling efficiency and regional development represent a U-shape relationship. The local county government should assist its sub-region offices to update their waste recycling technologies and to design various waste recycling programs.

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