City’s figures show potential for long-term savings on landfill




An overview of the City of Bainbridge's garbage transfer station, located off Avenue C in southern Bainbridge
An overview of the City of Bainbridge’s garbage transfer station, located off Avenue C in southern Bainbridge

 

UPDATE: We asked about the cost to build the city’s garbage transfer station. The facility costs $530,000 and is being funded through the operating revenue of the city’s solid waste enterprise fund, according to City Manager Chris Hobby. “Even without the move to Campbellton, the transfer station made sense because of the savings in fuel costs and wear-and-tear on our vehicles.”

 

On Monday, we posted a story about how the City of Bainbridge plans to save money on transporting garbage to the Springhill Landfill in Campbellton, Fla., by using a transfer station off Avenue C. The city’s six trash trucks will drop off their full loads at the transfer station, where the trash will be loaded into a semi trailer truck that can take up to 20 tons to the landfill at one time.

By our calculations, the city looks to save hundreds of dollars per week taking its trash to Campbellton, rather than the Decatur County Landfill off U.S. 27 South. Although fuel and labor costs are higher to make the approximately 110-mile round trip to Campbellton, versus 40 miles round trip to the Decatur County Landfill, the city saves $5.50 per ton on tipping fees at Campbellton, making up the difference. Those savings were a primary reason the Bainbridge City Council awarded its garbage business to Waste Management Inc., over the Decatur County Landfill and another landfill in Thomas County.

On Tuesday, city officials sent over their revised cost analysis showing the full projected costs of taking garbage to Campbellton over a five-year period. The costs are also compared with amounts that would have been paid at the Decatur County Landfill. Below are two tables: one contains the expected costs; the second table represents a “worst-case” scenario.

In summary, the City of Bainbridge expects to save $101,781.25 over five years taking the garbage to Campbellton, or save at least $65,271.01 in a worst-case scenario.

 

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Expected
Facility Decatur
County Landfill
Springhill
Regional Landfill
Five
Year Savings
Disposal
Costs 2014

$294,068.00

$234,774.29
Disposal
Costs 2015

$294,068.00

$239,455.37
Disposal
Costs 2016

$294,068.00

$245,169.63
Disposal
Costs 2017

$294,068.00

$249,177.62
Disposal
Costs 2018

$294,068.00

$254,098.96
Transportation
Costs

$60,474.96

$160,258.64
Labor
Cost

$69,148.80

$115,248.00
Total
5 Year Cost

$1,599,963.76

$1,498,182.51

$101,781.25
Actual
Disposed Cost Per Ton

$26.66

$24.96
Yearly
Disposal Costs

Numbers are based on the last 12 months actual volume multiplied
by the per ton rate

Numbers are based on the last 12 months actual volume multiplied
by the per ton rate
Transportation
Formula
9.23
Trips a week at 40 miles per trip divided by five miles per gallon
multipled the current cost ($3.15) of diesel multipled by 260
weeks
9.23
trips a week at 112 miles per trip divided by five miles per
gallon multiplied by the current cost ($3.15) of diesel multipled
by 260 weeks
Labor
1
hour 26 minutes multipled by our labor rate of $20.01 multiplied
by five trips a week multiplied by 260 weeks
2
hours and 20 minutes multiplied by our labor rate of 20.01
multiplied by five trips a week multiplied by 260 weeks
Worst Case
Facility Decatur County Landfill Springhill Regional Landfill Five Year Savings
Disposal
Costs 2014

$294,068.00

$234,774.29
Disposal
Costs 2015

$294,068.00

$239,455.37
Disposal
Costs 2016

$294,068.00

$245,169.63
Disposal
Costs 2017

$294,068.00

$249,177.62
Disposal
Costs 2018

$294,068.00

$254,098.96
Transportation
Costs

$75,610.08

$200,366.71
Labor
Cost

$86,454.73

$144,091.21
Total
5 Year Cost

$1,632,404.81

$1,567,133.79

$65,271.01
Actual
Disposed Cost Per Ton

$27.20

$26.11
Yearly
Disposal Costs

Numbers are based on the last 12 months actual volume multiplied
by the per ton rate

Numbers are based on the last 12 months actual volume multiplied
by the per ton rate
Transportation
Formula
11.54
Trips a week at 40 miles per trip divided by five miles per gallon
multipled the cost of diesel multipled by 260 weeks
11.54
trips a week at 112 miles per trip divided by five miles per
gallon multiplied by the cost of diesel multipled by 260 weeks
Labor
1
hour 26 minutes multipled by our labor rate of $20.01 multiplied
by ten trips a week multiplied by 260 weeks
2
hours and 20 minutes multiplied by our labor rate of 20.01
multiplied by ten trips a week multiplied by 260 weeks



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