To plan an AWMS that is acceptable and will be implemented, the planner must determine the decision makers' objectives early in the planning process.
The planner must assure that the resource inventory data are complete to the extent that they can be used to develop alternatives for a proposed AWMS.
This can be best accomplished by viewing an AWMS as having six functions.
Alternative AWMSs are formed based on the analysis of the inventory data as cataloged into one of the six functions of an AWMS.
The planner can help decision makers by providing approved detailed construction drawings and specifications for facilities, specific operation and maintenance plans for each component, and information on cost sharing programs, low interest loans, and other opportunities or conditions, such as pending laws, that may affect the decision to implement the AWMS installation.
Changing demands, growth, and technological advances create a need to evaluate an AWMS to update objectives and modify plans.
The AWMS plan identifies the method of collection, location of the collection points, scheduling of the collection, labor requirements, necessary equip-ment or structural facilities, manage-ment and installation costs of the components, and the impact that collection has on the consistency of the waste.