Today, waste is a source of raw material and energy that can be recovered. Economic value of waste results in the formation of informal groups of pickers appropriating material waste in developing countries. These types of situations are analysing in the literature. Using Ostrom's SES analytical framework, the authors show that municipal waste in developing countries can be treated as a common good (CPR). The aim of this paper is to answer the question: whether municipal waste in developed countries, can be treated this way, although here the activities of informal collectors are marginal. The analysis also uses the analytical scheme of Ostrom’s SES. However, due to the different organization of the waste management system in developed countries, the individual elements of the scheme were defined differently than in the literature. This resulted in a different schema of municipal waste as a common good. This approach allows the schema to be applied both locally and more broadly and to all types of municipal waste, not just material waste.
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