Clean Cities, Blue Ocean’s Solid Waste Cost-of-Service Analysis
Guidelines for Local Governments
Clean Cities, Blue Ocean’s Solid Waste Cost-of-Service Analysis – Guidelines for Local Governments provides guidance to help local governments in low- and middle-income countries determine the costs of various local government solid waste management and 3R (reduce, reuse, recycle) programs that reflect local circumstances and opportunities. A Cost-of-Service Analysis is a detailed accounting and summary of all of costs associated with a SWM/3R system. It is usually conducted as the initial financial step that can be used to form the foundation for future analyses that will inform and guide programmatic and logistical decisions in a financially strategic manner. During this process, financial data is obtained and organized so that a full picture of the costs of the current SWM/3R system can be seen as a single function that is implemented by the local government. Once a baseline level of these costs has been determined through this tool, local governments can use this information to support future actions such as solid waste management funding options, rate studies, or planning efforts.