AGR performs multi-year financial analysis of solid waste reduction and management systems, designs fee structures to cover long-term operating and capital costs, and provides independent reviews for financing and capital improvement programs.
AGR works with finance and solid waste staff to project long-range revenue required for each service and facility offered by the county. This includes ten-year rates for volume-based fees for the county's residential and commercial collection customers; user fees for the county’s processing, composting, and disposal facilities; and a new "recycling and education fee" to support activities that benefit all citizens.
AGR performed a long-term financial forecast for a recycling and transfer station in this coastal county. We prepared ten-year capital and operating costs for four options: continuing to pay the private landfill for disposal; developing and operating one recycling/transfer station; developing and operating two recycling/transfer stations; and developing and operating two transfer stations plus a separate facility housing a Center for Hard to Recycle Materials, an environmental education/training center, and a compost/biomass facility.
AGR advised county decision-makers on potential alternatives to collection, ordinance revisions, and adjustments to fee structures to ensure that solid waste is managed in a way that is consistent with the county’s solid waste management plans. We revised the county’s solid waste ordinance, created a tool to determine the financial impact of allocating solid waste costs between facility user fees and pre-disposal assessments, and evaluated alternatives for municipalizing and privatizing various collection services across the county.