Title: Performance analysis of recycling cooperatives from Brazil: implications for Latin America

Authors: Reginaldo Fidelis; Marco Antonio Ferreira; Eliene Moraes; João C. Colmenero

Addresses: Federal University of Technology of Paraná, Avenue Pioneros, 3131, 86038410 Londrina, PR, Brazil ' Federal University of Technology of Paraná, Avenue Pioneros, 3131, 86038410 Londrina, PR, Brazil ' Municipal Company of Traffic and Urbanization, Rua Professor João Cândido, 1213, 86010001, Londrina, PR, Brazil ' Federal University of Technology of Paraná, Avenue Pioneros, 3131, 86038410 Londrina, PR, Brazil

Abstract: A principle from the national solid waste policy in Brazil is, among others, the integration of collectors of reusable and recyclable materials in actions involving shared responsibility for the life cycle of products. In this country, the effectiveness in the management of municipal solid waste is directly linked to socio-productive inclusion of collectors in collecting, sorting and marketing municipal solid waste with recyclable potential (PRMSW) through the formalisation of enterprises in recycling cooperatives. For this, 40 based cooperatives were analysed in seven states through data envelopment analysis and regression Tobit. All cooperatives which not achieved performance score one are short-changing the inputs and generating products inconsistent with the optimal operating capacity of the cooperative. The results of this article can be understood as a method to be used by authorities or public/private entities to verify the performance of recycling cooperatives in their operating activities in the recycling chain.

Keywords: performance of recycling cooperatives; cooperative networks; data envelopment analysis; DEA; reusable solid waste; solid waste management; two-stage analysis; Brazil.

DOI: 10.1504/LAJMSD.2017.089369

Latin American Journal of Management for Sustainable Development, 2017 Vol.3 No.4, pp.289 - 309

Received: 13 Mar 2017
Accepted: 23 Aug 2017

Published online: 17 Jan 2018 *

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