The study was conducted to fulfil part of a wider contract concerning municipal waste management (the companion study concerns the costs of different collection and treatment options for municipal waste). The specific objective of that contract to which this study relates is as follows:
To carry out 20 case studies on innovative financing systems at local and national level, to be chosen in agreement with the European Commission. These case studies shall in particular focus on systems, which were able to give incentives to reduce waste quantities and increase recycling and composting. The experiences and results of such systems shall be described.
The remit was expanded slightly to look at financing and incentive measures.