- Report Published -
|Identifying Costs of Solid Waste Management Services|
|General Assembly; Joint Subcommittee|
|HJR 494 (Regular Session, 1993)|
|The 1993 Virginia General Assembly passed House Joint Resolution 494 establishing a joint subcommittee to study issues surrounding the privatization of solid waste management. Among the committee's findings was that localities vary in the costs they assign to solid waste management. This can have a significant impact on a localities analysis of whether to continue with public provision of service or to seek privatization. The committee did not believe there should be a mandatory system for determining these costs. It did believe that an outline of solid waste management costs, drawn from those identified by localities and private industry, would be useful to localities in determining the true cost of solid waste operations.|
The committee divided the analysis of solid waste management costs into two areas; collection and disposal. Collection includes the costs associated with collection of solid waste and recyclables. Additional costs associated with recycling such as sorting, processing and marketing are not included. Disposal costs are allocated into the six categories: 1) pre-development, 2) initial construction, 3) annual operation, 4) continued development, 5) closure and, 6) post-closure. This outline assumes waste will be disposed of in a landfill. However, the analysis will be helpful if another option, such as incineration, is under consideration. The committee has not addressed the impact of potential revenue generating activities such as energy production from methane or the sale of recyclables.