Financing solid waste for the future
The long-term sustainability of the solid waste funding system has been a concern of local governments in particular for more than two decades. We have released several reports over this time, assessing current funding mechanisms and potential alternatives.
Local Government Funding for Solid Waste in Washington State: 2023
Section 104 of House Bill 1799 of the 2022 legislative session required that we contract a study on the adequacy of local government solid waste management funding.
Resource Recycling Systems, sub-contracting with Cascadia Consulting and FCS
Group, performed the study, which reasearched:
- Current funding mechanisms
- Funding needed to implement the Washington Associtaion of Solid Waste Managers core service model
- Alternative funding mechanisms
- Policy proposal impacts to local government solid waste funding
There are five chapters and three appendices:
- Chapter 1: Executive Summary and Recommendations
- Chapter 2: Current Funding Types
- Chapter 3: Core Services Funding Needs Analysis
- Chapter 4: Alternative Funding Models
- Chapter 5: Fiscal Impacts from Policy
- Appendices: Local Government Funding for Solid Waste in Washington
Funding Mechanisms for Solid Waste: 2017
In 2017 we contracted a study to research funding mechanisms for solid waste. Cascadia Consulting Group partnered with FCS Group and Abbe & Associate to conduct the study in three parts:
- Update current funding mechanisms used in Washington State.
- Identify potential funding mechanisms to consider.
- Recommend funding mechanisms to consider.
The study included seven documents:
- Part 1 - Update Current Funding Mechanisms
- Part 2 - Identify Potential Funding Mechanisms
- Part 3 - Recommended Funding Mechanisms
Earlier Studies and Resources: 2004-2011
Additional research and reports on solid waste financing are also available.
- University of Washington Intern Report: Waste Not: How Washington State Residents Pay for Garbage, Recycling, and Organic Waste: 2011
- Washington State University Report: Revenue Sources to Fund Recycling, Reuse, and Waste Reduction Programs: 2011
- Solid Waste Management Cost Flows in Washington State Report: 2007
- Beyond Waste Plan Background Paper: Financing Solid Waste for the Future: 2004