Summary: In recent years, the European Commission has continuously developed the tool of cost-benefit analysis to better inform decision-makers in the process of settling on new directives and regulations concerning the environment. However, according to the Terms of Reference of this assignment u0093most studies in the field of waste have been restricted to an analysis of costs and, at best, a relatively superficial description of benefitsu0094. This study aims at reviewing and presenting in an easily comprehensible way the parts of the methodological toolkit of cost-benefit analysis where information is not readily available, i.e. environmental externalities from landfill disposal and incineration. More specifically, the study aims to provide u0093an overview of the environmental externalities that need to be taken into account when evaluating different waste management policies and how they can be integrated into cost-benefit analysis.u0094 The study was launched by the European Commission in late 1999, and it has been conducted by COWI Consulting Engineers and Planners AS1. The study was carried out as a desk-study where the essential inputs were identified through and provided by an essential and thorough literature review.
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