Part 1 Introduction, A. Quadrio Curzio, L.Prosperetti and R. Zoboli): the general trends; the problem of disposal and recycling technologies - options and costs; the financing of MSW investments and operations; MSW policies - the problem of efficiency and effectiveness; the economic approach to MSW policy. Part 2 General trends: the municipal solid waste problem in the main industrialised countries, J.E. McCarthy - waste management methods, standards for waste management facilities, public attitudes toward waste disposal, the role of producer industries, future directions; municipal solid waste - a quantitative overview, 0. Arango and C.Bertuzzi - waste generation, the composition of the municipal solid waste, packaging waste, waste collection and disposal, recycling. Part 3 Technological options and costs: technological options and costs of municipal solid waste disposal and recycling, A. Raggi - major technological options, costs and scale at the plant level; technological innovation and costs of municipal solid waste treatment, G. Barbiroli - waste-to-energy technologies, co-composting, recycling, integrated systems; the use of municipal solid waste in agriculture and animal breeding and its environmental impact, S. Silva - recycling of organic materials, use of MSW in animal feeding, composting; a decision-support system for solid waste management, C. Caruso, A. Colomi and M. Paruccini - formulation of the problem, geographical description of the region, the model, the package "Purple". Part 4 The financing of MSW investments and operations: public and private resources for waste-related investment, L. Prosperetti - project financing - an economic rationale, private resources for waste-related investment; EIB and the financing of municipal waste disposal, E.Greppi - the role of EIB. terms and conditions of EIB lending, EIB environmental lending, past developments in municipal waste management in the Community, expected developments in municipal waste management, the long-term lender's conclusions. Part 5 The policy of municipal solid waste - developments and analysis: developments in the EEC regulations on municipal solid waste, R. Cafari Panico - Community policy in the sector of municipal solid waste, the existence of subjective Community rights on matters of waste, initiatives adopted during 1992 and 1993 - the proposed directive on the treatment of packaging waste, regulation 259/93 regarding the supervision and control of waste shipments. Part contents.