Graphical representations of user rate impacts are useful to communicate trends to the decision-makers and the public. Rate studies have become a valuable tool in evaluating an agency's long-term infrastructure funding needs and getting a handle on budget costs and required revenues from customers.
The city of Dunedin, Fla., operates a solid waste collection system using automated and semi-automated vehicles. A rate study was completed in 2005 to evaluate long-term vehicle replacement funding needs.
Many municipal solid waste programs now incorporate some form of residential recycling. The type of curbside collection system, the processing equipment used to separate the recyclables, and the market purchase prices received affect ratepayers and must be reflected in the cost of service study.