AIR FORCE INTEGRATED SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT PROCUREMENT ANALYSIS
Bourne, Scott W.
Mikesell, Andrew S.
Rendon, Rene G.
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Across a majority of Air Force installations in the Continental United States (CONUS), there appear to be large variations in prices paid for Integrated Solid Waste Management (ISWM) contracted services, with little understanding as to why this variation occurs. To effectively analyze these ISWM contract price variations, we compared the Price Per Ton (PPT) of disposed solid waste paid by a sample of Air Force installations, to the PPT paid by co-located municipalities. We developed a methodology to test the hypothesis that the Air Force paid, on average, a greater PPT than their respective co-located municipalities. In addition to this hypothesis, we implemented multivariate linear regression modeling to determine any applicable ISWM cost drivers to help explain price variations. This research resulted in two findings: we were unable to determine that, on average, and at an appropriate level of confidence, that the Air Force pays more than respective municipalities, and that there are two significant cost drivers of Air Force ISWM PPT—number of containers used and the distance to landfills. We recommend the standardization of Air Force ISWM cost data to industry standards, and utilization of category management and strategic sourcing with ISWM contracts.
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