City of Santa Cruz


MRF Feasibility Study

Project Descriptions:

In 2003, under subcontract to Environmental Science Associates, reviewed and analyzed the financial requirements and feasibility of the City’s planned expansion of its Resource Recovery Facility. Our work involved estimating capital and operating costs based on various levels of throughput and material mixes. We also performed a ‘make vs. buy’ analysis by comparing the cost of expanding the facility with the incremental cost of using a facility in a nearby jurisdiction. We compared the incremental travel costs, tipping fee and potential material sales revenue with the cost of expanding the existing facility.