WGP Credit 7: Economic Assessment of Solid Waste Management Program (2 points)



Provide transparency around the costs and benefits of solid waste management programs.


Local Government and Industry Requirements

1.     Calculate and publish total (residential and non-residential) solid waste program costs per ton or per household or per capita. 

2.     Provide breakouts as follows:

●      Total solid waste management cost per ton.

●      Collection costs per ton:

o   Mixed MSW (Black Bin; residential and non-residential)

o   Single-stream or dual-stream recyclables (Blue Bin)

o   Green Waste/Food Waste (Green/Brown/Yellow Bin)

o   Household Hazardous Waste (including drop off programs)

o   Bulk items

o   C&D Debris

●      Disposal costs per ton.

o   Gross

o   Net (post-sale of output, e.g. energy sales)

●      Recycling processing costs per ton:

o   Gross

o   Net (post-sale of output, e.g. commodity sales)

●      Organic processing costs per ton:

o   Gross

o   Net (post-sale of output, e.g. soil amendment sales 

3.     Estimate impact from waste management program, including indirect and induced effects, on:

a.     employment and

b.     economic activity

Potential Strategies:

●      Track costs for different aspects of the Local Government waste management: collection, processing, disposal, etc.

●      Include line items for maintenance, labor and customer service. Figures at this level of detail do not need to be reported.

●     Make the top-level cost figures available to Local Government residents and/or to customers of the solid waste Company.

●      Provide total costs of each program (recycling, trash, compost) per Household or per capita.

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