Since 1991, we have provided comprehensive solid waste consulting services to Escambia County.
Our landfill services include site investigations, environmental audits, master planning, disaster response, permitting, design, construction, construction quality assurance, planning and request-for-proposal preparation and contract negotiation. A narrative description of solid waste services is further down the page.
The duties of SCS Engineers on this project are summarized below:
SCS provides solid waste consulting services to Escambia County; our work includes over 35 task orders ranging from policy analysis and development to recycling market studies, waste composition and weighing programs, citizen and hauler surveys, engineering design for facility improvements, traffic and siting studies, and commercial waste generation examination.
The County began to the evaluation of various consolidation options for solid waste services with the City of Pensacola and the Emerald Coast Utility Authority. The County franchised collection of residential solid waste services within its unincorporated areas. As part of an ongoing negotiation of new franchise agreements with private haulers, SCS was engaged to conduct a survey of local governments throughout Florida to ascertain typical solid waste franchise operations.
SCS assisted the County in developing new franchise agreements, which reflect future management and planning needs of the County. The principal objective of this study was to help evaluate new franchise agreements in light of national, regional, and state trends in solid waste franchising. SCS worked with the County to gather franchisee/stakeholder comments on these proposed changes and recommend adjustments in the existing non-exclusive franchise agreements for commercial solid wastes.
SCS also assisted the County in conducting audits of the existing solid waste franchisees to ensure that they were complying with the requirements of the agreements and remittances made to the County for services rendered to customers in the unincorporated areas.
Based on data and information provided by County, a solid waste rate model was developed, which enabled SCS to make projections of financial performance of refuse disposal for the upcoming five-year planning period (2007-2011), and to model various user rate structures to help plan for future solid waste fleet replacements.
SCS also reviewed current operational and business practices and made recommendations to the BOCC for costs savings and revenue enhancements as part of its overall business plan for the department. We analyzed potential operational changes in solid waste and trash collection as well as transfer station operation and modeled the rate impact with these changes. As a result of these efforts, SCS recommended revised solid waste rates for residential customers.
Highlights of the SCS services provided include: