Invited Session: Resource Management & Waste Diversion
Franchising as a Tool to Foster Sustainable Materials Management (1 CEU)
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
15:15 – 16:15
Moderator: R.W. Craggs, National Manager, Solid Waste and Resource Recovery, Burns & McDonnell, Minnesota
Many U.S. local governments are undertaking zero waste planning initiatives within the context of sustainable materials management. However, recycling rates have become stagnant the last three to five year resulting in the need to identify innovative strategies to achieve the next incremental level of diversion. Communities have embarked on the implementation of “organized” collection to increase collection efficiency, reduce vehicles miles traveled and associated greenhouse gases, offer uniform services, provide for equitable rates, and increase the recovery of recyclable materials and organics. Organized collection in reflecting a community’s preferences may include such approaches as enhanced hauler licensing, exclusive or non-exclusive franchising, or actual municipalization. This panel discussion will focus on the application of residential and/or commercial collection franchising to meet various community objectives, including fostering additional waste diversion. The planning and implementation of collection franchising requires a unique mix of policy/public procurement strategies, stakeholder outreach, financial evaluation, and optimizing the collection system. Overall, franchising represents an innovative approach to achieving a number of community objectives within the context of zero waste planning.