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Utilities Department Solid Waste Business Plan and Tipping Fees. October 6, 2009. Background. Early 70’s Single landfill for the County Developed a system of Transfer Stations Largest Publicly Owned Landfill in Florida Only Class I Landfill in Orange County. Solid Waste Division.

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Utilities DepartmentSolid Waste Business Plan and Tipping Fees

October 6, 2009


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Background

  • Early 70’s

    • Single landfill for the County

    • Developed a system of Transfer Stations

  • Largest Publicly Owned Landfill in Florida

  • Only Class I Landfill in Orange County


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Solid Waste Division

  • Landfill Operations

  • Transfer stations

  • Collection

  • Recycling


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Current Environment

  • The system faces significant financial challenges

    • Substantial increases in the cost of new cell construction, closure and long term care

    • Increased liability for closure and long term care is not fully funded

    • Tonnage decreasing


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Current Environment

  • Engaged consultant to update the Solid Waste Business Plan

  • Tipping Fee revenue is not sufficient to properly fund the system

  • Current economic conditions makes it challenging to borrow to fund projects

  • Projects may be delayed


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Solid Waste Business Plan Update

  • Updated cost of service

  • Analyzed current solid waste competitive market

    • Recommended increases to Tipping Fees for Class I and Class III waste based on market conditions

  • Explores alternative sources of system revenue which will take more time to implement


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Solid Waste Business Plan Update

  • Alternate sources of system revenue

    • Flow control

    • Two tier tipping fee system

    • Franchise Hauler fee

    • Utilities biosolids disposal


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Tipping Fee Recommendations

  • Business plan recommended 19% increase in Class I fee

  • Last year, Board approved 6.5% increase in a phase implementation approach

  • Return this year for approval of complete implementation plan


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Tipping Fee Recommendations

  • Phase II - 6.5% for Class I and Class III fees

    • Effective December 1, 2009

  • Phase III – 6.5% for Class I only

    • Effective December 1, 2010

  • 3% Annual Index

    • Effective October 12, 2012


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Tipping Fee Recommendations

Tipping Fee Current Phase II Phase III

2009 2010

Class I Res $32.65 $34.80 $37.10

Class I Comm $35.10 $37.40 $39.80

Class III $24.00 $25.60 $25.60

  • 3% Annual Index beginning in 2012


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Tipping Fee ComparisonClass I

Taft Recycling $54.50

Baseline Landfill (Marion County) $42.00

JED Landfill (Osceola County) $38.00

Orange County – Com (Proposed) $37.40

WMI Transfer $36.10*

Orange County – Com (Current) $35.10

Orange County – Res (Proposed) $34.80

Osceola Road (Seminole County) $33.17

Orange County – Res (Current) $32.65

Central Disposal (Brevard County) $29.50


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Tipping Fee ComparisonClass III

Taft Recycling $49.50

Baseline Landfill (Marion County) $42.00

Osceola Road (Seminole County) $33.17

Orange County (Proposed) $25.60

Orange County (Current) $24.00

O.C. Environmental $24.00

Central Disposal (Brevard County) $23.66

Keene Road $22.50

JED Landfill (Osceola County) $21.00


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Summary

  • Cost of operating the Solid Waste System is increasing

  • Closure and Long Term Care Liability Accounts not fully funded

  • Capital Improvement Program delays

  • Tipping Fee increases alone will not solve the financial issues


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Summary

  • Short Term

    • Phase II and III Tipping Fee increases are needed

  • Return to the Board to discuss transfer stations - December

  • Return to the Board regarding implementing flow control in about 12 months


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Requested Action

  • Approval of the Resolution and Fee Schedule to revise Solid Waste tipping fees


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Utilities DepartmentSolid Waste Business Plan and Tipping Fees

October 6, 2009


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