Effective and efficient provision of waste management is a key municipal service. As elements of local government waste management systems are contracted out councils increasingly need to be able to assure rate payers they are achieving value for money.
Also, some councils are moving to separate charges for waste services. Complexities around collection, recycling and disposal tie together environmental issues, land planning, transport logistics and commercial arrangements with continuing governance oversight by councils.
A robust approach to full cost pricing enables councils to see where key costs lie, what drivers are involved and where community service obligations may be introduced. It also enables better investment planning and funding.
Lytton Advisory is currently developing a full cost pricing approach to waste service infrastructure for a local council in Queensland.