Economics of Solid Waste Investment Decision

by Robert M. Clark, (A.M.ASCE), Chief; Urban Data Sect., Division of Technical Operations, Bureau of Solid Waste Management, U.S. Dept. of Health, Education, and Welfare, Cincinnati, OH,

Serial Information: Journal of the Urban Planning and Development Division, 1970, Vol. 96, Issue 1, Pg. 65-79

Document Type: Journal Paper


Municipalities are often faced with the problems of developing engineering facilities over time and planning for the long-range financing of such facilities. Existence of many alternatives and the possibility of uncertainty make an analytical solution to these problems unlikely. As an approach to examining some of the problems systematically, material from microeconomics and optimization theory is introduced. Approaches based on linear and dynamic programming are presented.

Subject Headings: Solid mechanics | Solid wastes | Investments | Local government | Financing | Uncertainty principles | Economic factors | Linear functions

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