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Solid Waste National Trend Report (Sample)

Last updated on 2018-11-02

Service Area Overview

Solid Waste departments may provide residential, commercial, and/or industrial solid waste collection and diversion services.  Garbage, recycling, organics, bulky items, and household hazardous waste can be properly collected, disposed, or diverted from landfills in efforts to provide compostable or recyclable goods.  Some jurisdictions may provide special services, at either a designated drop-off or scheduled pick-up site, for brush collection, computers or appliances, tires, paints, corrosives, or other special collection items.

Influencing Factors Include

  • Demographics:  Service areas and conditions within a jurisdiction's geographic area may affect service provision, expenditures, and monthly collection bills.
  • Community Characteristics:  Availability of diversion programs for multi-family housing, commercial development, and rural areas may affect service provision, expenditures, and monthly collection bills.
  • Organizational Structures:  Differences in age or technology of collection and diversion infrastructure, pick-up frequency, hours of operation, and median household occupancy may affect service provision, expenditures, and monthly collection bills.
  • Special Services:  Some jurisdictions provide special services, which may affect service provision and expenditures.
  • Contract Services: Some jurisdictions provide services through contracts with neighboring communities, regional organizations, or public/private partnerships.

 

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Footnotes

Refuse Collection and Disposal Expenditure per account

Expenditures: Refuse Collection and Disposal, Per Account: To be calculated as total expenditures for refuse collection and disposal divided bt the number of residential refuse accounts

DEFINITIONS
Expenditures, Refuse collection and disposal
INCLUDE
● Expenditures for refuse collection and disposal services performed by local government employees
and contractors paid by the local government (including supervisors and managers whose primary areas
of responsibility include refuse collection activities).
● Expenditures related to residential refuse collection, including bulk goods that may be accepted either
as part of normal routes or in special pickups.
● Personnel, contractual services, operations and maintenance, plus all support/internal services
expenditures charged, such as fleet, fuel, IT, utilities and workers compensation.
● Salaries and fringe benefits for supervisory, non-supervisory, and direct admin/clerical staff (whether
full-time, part-time, or seasonal)
● Expenditures for contractor/consultants, supplies, materials, and parts.
● All expenditures that meet these definitions, regardless of the funding source.
● Gross amounts only; do not net against revenues received
● Any tipping fees paid and expenditures for long-hauling services, if applicable.
EXCLUDE
● Expenditures for recycling collection programs, yard waste and leaf collection programs, household
hazardous waste programs, and street sweeping.
● Overhead of a jurisdiction-wide nature (e.g., manager/CAO, clerk), not directly related to the provision
of this service.
● Capital expenditures, vehicle purchase, and vehicle replacement
NOTE: The specific inclusion of fleet, fuel, workers compensation, utilities, workers compensation and
IT-related expenditures is to recognize the fact that such expenses are typically contained in the
department budget or billed as an internal service.

Number of residential refuse collection accounts.
INCLUDE
● Accounts served by the local government, either by local government employees or by a contract that
the local government enters into with a private firm or another local government.
● Individual household accounts (whether the residents live in single-family homes, townhouses,
apartments, etc.).
● Multiple household accounts (e.g., duplexes, triplexes, apartment complexes, etc.) if the jurisdiction
considers these accounts residential. Multiple household accounts should be included wherever there is
a better fit with the service that is being provided -if the number of pickups, method of collection, and
crew staffing for multiple household accounts are consistent with residential refuse collection, include
these accounts here.
EXCLUDE
● Commercial, industrial, or other non-residential accounts.
● Homeowner association members or other residents that arrange their own contract with another
provider.

National Peers: Bettendorf, Dallas, Fairfax County, Fort Worth, Goodyear , Greer, McAllen, Mesa, Oshkosh, Scottsdale, Tracy

Refuse Collection and Disposal Expenditure vs. Household Income

Expenditures: Refuse Collection and Disposal, Per Account: To be calculated as total expenditures for refuse collection and disposal divided bt the number of residential refuse accounts

DEFINITIONS
Expenditures, Refuse collection and disposal
INCLUDE
● Expenditures for refuse collection and disposal services performed by local government employees
and contractors paid by the local government (including supervisors and managers whose primary areas
of responsibility include refuse collection activities).
● Expenditures related to residential refuse collection, including bulk goods that may be accepted either
as part of normal routes or in special pickups.
● Personnel, contractual services, operations and maintenance, plus all support/internal services
expenditures charged, such as fleet, fuel, IT, utilities and workers compensation.
● Salaries and fringe benefits for supervisory, non-supervisory, and direct admin/clerical staff (whether
full-time, part-time, or seasonal)
● Expenditures for contractor/consultants, supplies, materials, and parts.
● All expenditures that meet these definitions, regardless of the funding source.
● Gross amounts only; do not net against revenues received
● Any tipping fees paid and expenditures for long-hauling services, if applicable.
EXCLUDE
● Expenditures for recycling collection programs, yard waste and leaf collection programs, household
hazardous waste programs, and street sweeping.
● Overhead of a jurisdiction-wide nature (e.g., manager/CAO, clerk), not directly related to the provision
of this service.
● Capital expenditures, vehicle purchase, and vehicle replacement
NOTE: The specific inclusion of fleet, fuel, workers compensation, utilities, workers compensation and
IT-related expenditures is to recognize the fact that such expenses are typically contained in the
department budget or billed as an internal service.

Number of residential refuse collection accounts.
INCLUDE
● Accounts served by the local government, either by local government employees or by a contract that
the local government enters into with a private firm or another local government.
● Individual household accounts (whether the residents live in single-family homes, townhouses,
apartments, etc.).
● Multiple household accounts (e.g., duplexes, triplexes, apartment complexes, etc.) if the jurisdiction
considers these accounts residential. Multiple household accounts should be included wherever there is
a better fit with the service that is being provided -if the number of pickups, method of collection, and
crew staffing for multiple household accounts are consistent with residential refuse collection, include
these accounts here.
EXCLUDE
● Commercial, industrial, or other non-residential accounts.
● Homeowner association members or other residents that arrange their own contract with another
provider.

Median Household Income: Median household income for each community. Source: Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 1-year estimates.

Residential Population of Jurisdiction: To be reported based on American Community Survey, state department of finance, council of governments, local planning department, or other sources; figures released within the past 24 months.

National Peers: Bettendorf (IA), Dallas (TX), Fairfax County (VA), Goodyear (AZ), Greer (SC), McAllen (TX), Oshkosh (WI), Scottsdale (AZ), Tracy (CA).