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Eco-efficiency of solid waste management in Welsh SMEs
Author(s): Joseph Sarkis; Jeroen Dijkshoorn
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Paper Abstract

This paper provides an efficiency analysis of practices in Solid Waste Management of manufacturing companies in Wales. We apply data envelopment analysis (DEA) to a data set compiled during the National Waste Survey Wales 2003. We explore the relative performance of small and medium sized manufacturing enterprises (SME; 10-250 employees) in Wales. We determine the technical and scale environmental and economic efficiencies of these organizations. Our evaluation focuses on empirical data collected from companies in a wide diversity of manufacturing industries throughout Wales. We find significant differences in industry and size efficiencies. We also find correlations that exist among environmental and economic efficiencies. These variations show that improvements can be made using benchmarks from similar and different size industries. Further pursuit of an investigation of possible reasons for these differences is recommended.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 November 2005
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5997, Environmentally Conscious Manufacturing V, 59970L (7 November 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.631778
Show Author Affiliations
Joseph Sarkis, Clark Univ. (United States)
Jeroen Dijkshoorn, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5997:
Environmentally Conscious Manufacturing V
Surendra M. Gupta, Editor(s)

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