Those delivering supplemental waste are receiving the benefit of only one element of the Solid Waste Authority’s integrated solid waste management system, and not the entire system that serves our residents and businesses. The rates these companies may pay need only to exceed the additional cost of that one component of our system to generate positive cash flow and lower our residents’ rates.
The integrated solid waste management system includes many services that benefit residents, both directly and indirectly. These include home chemical and recycling centers, the landfill, recycling facilities, renewable energy facilities, transfer stations, and yard waste processing facilities. These facilities are all operated in accordance with significant Federal and State regulations, and are subject to extensive monitoring and reporting. The rates our county residents and businesses pay reflect the cost of the entire system.
In using supplemental waste, we are providing limited access to our system for waste delivered directly to the Renewable Energy Facility 2, and only for a limited time.