Lee County, FL Contracts with Tetra Tech and GBB to Develop Long-Term Integrated Waste Management Plan

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Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc.
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Fairfax, VA (August 5, 2016) – Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc. (GBB) announced today that it is assisting Lee County, FL, with its Integrated Waste Management System (IWMS) Expansion Project as a subcontractor to Tetra Tech, Inc. (Tetra Tech).

As part of the County’s plans for the management of its solid waste over the next 20 years, the Tetra Tech/GBB project team will perform a waste characterization study, an evaluation of the County’s current system, a review of regional systems and national best practices, an evaluation of available technologies, a needs forecast, and an analysis of options. Once the options are defined and preliminarily analyzed, the Project Team will work with the County to group them into several system scenarios that will be fully described and analyzed. Projected costs will also be determined. Internal workshops and meetings with County management and its Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) as well as a public involvement process to both inform and gain input to the direction the County should head in the future are also planned.

The ultimate output for the initial phase of the project will be a Basis of Design Report. Implementation and support assistance for future phases will be determined as the County undertakes the various policy changes, procurement, contracting, and development activities to begin changing its IWMS.

“The BoCC was seeking the services of consultants that can bring expertise, fresh perspectives and forward thinking to the process and can envision how the existing system can evolve to best serve the County’s citizens over the next 20 years,” said Keith Howard, Solid Waste Division Director at Lee County.  “The Tetra Tech/GBB Team brings to the table extensive complementary expertise, and we are excited to be working hand-in-hand with them to prepare a blueprint to address our significant long-term needs to deal with the growth expected in Lee County.”

“The County’s integrated solid waste system that provides and administers collection, recycling, processing, waste-to-energy, landfill and hazardous chemicals management has been well managed and administered since the early 1990s and operated under an enterprise fund,” said GBB Senior Vice President John G. Carlton, P.E., BCEE. “Planning for the long-term, we will identify an extensive array of alternatives, both policy and infrastructure, and then work with the County to select different system approaches that will be carefully analyzed. The County has historically made improvements that work in concert with existing systems, and this will be an emphasis moving forward as new and improved systems are phased in and impacts on the existing system are evaluated.”

Lee County, which comprises the Cape Coral-Fort Myers metropolitan area, has an award-winning solid waste system with an extensive array of assets, services, and operations that manages approximately 800,000 tons per year of waste and provides and oversees services to about 660,000 residents.

About GBB

Celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, GBB is an award-winning national solid waste management consulting firm that helps public and private entities do better things with waste. GBB specializes in solid waste collection, processing, recycling, resource recovery, and disposal issues and assists in planning, procuring, and implementing sound, cost-effective facilities and services. For more information on the firm and its products and services, visit,,,, or call 703-573-5800.