Costs of waste management

The costs of waste management are formed from many different functions; The transportation of waste, the investments made (such as buying waste containers and constructing waste collection points), the sorting and handling costs, the cost of organizing training for employees as well as the various waste taxes and municipal tolls.

The costs incurred by waste management are expected to rise in the future. The present fees are meant to cover the future costs brought about by waste such as the costs of decommissioning old landfills. Additionally, many other factors will increase the costs involved; the decommissioning of landfills and the resulting increase in transportation distances, the redesigning of existing landfills to comply with EU standards and the increasing personnel costs as new employers will have to be hired to look after different parts of the waste management chain will bring about increased waste management costs.

As such, the best way to curtail the increasing costs is to pre-emptively reduce the amount of waste being produced. Increasing the efficiency of waste sorting and advocating recycling and the reuse of waste can also keep the costs of waste management at a reasonable level. Landfilling waste is always the most costly solution, both financially and for the environment.