Dipl.-Ing. Martin Steiner
TBU Environmental Engineering Consultants
How to Design a Proper Waste Tariff:
The 10 Golden Rules of Fee Making.
Ako stanoviť správnu výšku poplatkov za odpady:
10 zlatých pravidiel pre tvorbu poplatkov.
1. KISS Keep It Simple Stupid
Explaining a waste tariff should take no longer than burning a match from start to finish.
2. The fee model should support the waste generator’s desired behaviour
so the User Pays principle should be reflected – but suitably.
3. Don’t try to create ultimate fee fairness
as such will never be achievable.
4. Additional cost of some fancy measurement systems is higher than individual savings.
5. The task of “fee collection” is totally independent from the task “waste collection”, but:
No one other than the public authority should collect the fee
6. You should collect one waste management fee only.
Separate collection of recyclables, biowaste etc. should not be financed by an extra fee.
7. Don’t mix up affordability with your client’s reluctance to pay for your service.
8. Don’t mix up your client´s willingness to pay with your own willingness to charge.
9. Ceasing the service does not build up a pressure to pay the fee
(as with water supply, electricity, or telecommunication).
10. It is not an offence to collect the waste fee together with the water or electricity bill.
Martin maintains a degree from the Technical University Berlin in Environmental Engineering (specialization solid waste and water resources management) and has been an independent consultant specializing in waste management for over 30 years.
His work focuses on the conception, optimization as well as the technical and economic testing and integration of recycling and waste treatment plants. Another focus of his work has always been the planning and development of sustainable waste management systems – 30 years ago in Austria, Germany and northern Italy, today in Southeastern Europe and wherever the need is shifting to… (just now: in Africa).
The conference in Strbske Pleso has become a fixed date in his calendar with the opportunity to bring together and meet experienced colleagues in a pleasant environment.