Letters in Spatial and Resource Sciences

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 337–352 | Cite as

Municipal performance in waste recycling: an empirical analysis based on data from the Lombardy region (Italy)

  • Giuseppe Lucio GaetaEmail author
  • Stefano Ghinoi
  • Francesco Silvestri
Original Paper


By using a large cross-sectional dataset that observes municipalities from one of the most populated and wealthiest regions in Europe (Lombardy, Italy), this paper investigates how municipal waste re-cycling is correlated with a wide set of municipallevel variables. Results show that municipal waste recycling is linked to geographical, demographic, socio-economic and political variables. They also reveal that these tendencies vary according to municipalities’ population size. This empirical analysis helps in identifying those municipalities that have higher probability of being virtuous in terms of waste recycling.


Waste management Recycling Local government 

JEL Classification

Q53 Q58 C25 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Human and Social SciencesUniversity of Naples L’OrientaleNaplesItaly
  2. 2.Department of Agricultural SciencesAlma Mater Studiorum University of BolognaBolognaItaly
  3. 3.Department of Economics and Management and eco&eco Ltd. BolognaUniversity of FerraraFerraraItaly

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