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The roles of government, the private sector, and residents in solid waste management : lessons from a case study in Greater Hobart local government areas, Tasmania


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Chayabutra, Chatchawan 1994 , 'The roles of government, the private sector, and residents in solid waste management : lessons from a case study in Greater Hobart local government areas, Tasmania', Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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This thesis examines the various means of improving local government solid waste
management services. Solid waste management is now a major environmental policy
challenge throughout the world and one in which the role of local government is both
interesting and important. Factors at many levels conspire to expand and add new
responsibilities at this level. The United Nations Conference on Environment and
Development in 1992, for example, placed a heavy emphasis on the role of local
political structures and in Australia local authorities are being increasingly asked to
shoulder a greater responsibility in environmental management.
General conditions and issues of local government involvement in environmental
management and solid waste management are discussed, followed by particular reference
to the State of Tasmania, in Australia. A brief description of municipal solid waste
services in the author's own country, Thailand, is also given. A supplementary objective
of the thesis is to investigate the degree to which strategies and methods employed in
Tasmania have wider applicability, in particular to Thailand. With privatisation of public
services now common part of policy in many parts of the world, the issue of privatisation
of solid waste managment services is highly germane to this thesis. Factors and principles
relevant to the privatisation of public services are therefore discussed. A case study of solid waste management in the Greater Hobart Area, in southern
Tasmania, takes a multi-sectoral approach, focussing on the State Government as the
highest responsible authority in the region, local government as the immediate regulator
and provider of services, the private sector as a (contract) provider in some parts of the
region, and local residents as both producers of waste and consumers of solid waste
services. Study methods used include structured interviews with State and local
government officials (in five local government areas), and two different questionnaires,
sent to private companies and five hundred households in the region respectively.
Major findings draw attention to the improvements which can be achieved through waste
minimisation programs when all tiers of government exercise their responsibilities and
cooperate with each other. The public in the Greater Hobart Area have also responded
positively. The thesis finds that private contractors can be more cost effective without
any apparent loss of service quality, but notes that each situation where the private sector
could be involved needs individual appraisal. Lessons from the Tasmanian experience
are potentially applicable elsewhere, particularly with regard to a cooperative model for
seeking improvement, but are also relevant to policy makers and managers in Tasmania

Item Type: Thesis - Coursework Master
Authors/Creators:Chayabutra, Chatchawan
Keywords: Refuse and refuse disposal, Tasmania, Environmental aspects, Local government
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Thesis (M.Env.St.)--University of Tasmania, 1996. Includes bibliographical references (p. 100-107)

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