MUNICIPAL WASTE MANAGEMENT PLAN SUMMARY
The current York County Municipal Waste Management Plan is a total amendment and restatement of the 1985 York County Municipal Solid Waste Management Plan.
The Plan meets or exceeds the changes needed to bring it into conformance with the requirements of the Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling, and Waste Reduction Act of 1988 (Act 101). Act 101 requires all counties in Pennsylvania to develop and implement a long-range (10-year) plan for managing municipal solid waste. The development of the 1991 Plan began in early 1989. In accordance with Act 101, the Authority established a Municipal Waste Advisory Committee (MWAC) to act as the "voice" of the community during the Plan's development and subsequent implementation.
York County's current 25-year Municipal Waste Management Plan will expire in 2015. Efforts to update the Plan are underway and include the establishment of a project schedule, appointment of a new Municipal Waste Advisory Committee (MWAC) and the hiring of Nestor Resources, an outside consultant, to assist with the overall process. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has deemed the scope of the Plan update to be a non-substantial revision of the county Plan. The Authority's schedule projects that the updated Plan will be completed in 2012. Approximately three to four MWAC meetings will be held in conjunction with the Plan update process. Committee meeting minutes and other details of the Plan update progress will be posted on this web site and will be available for review at the Authority's Management Center during business hours. Once the Plan update is complete, a public comment period will follow.
The Authority appointed new Municipal Waste Advisory Committee members in June, 2011. The MWAC consists of individuals from all classes of municipalities, citizen organizations, private industry, solid waste businesses, and the recycling industry. These appointed individuals represent the interests of the community as stipulated by Section 503 (a) of Act 101 by providing input to the Authority as it updates the county Municipal Waste Management Plan.
Members appointed to the MWAC are: Linda Marshall representing townships of the first class; James Gross representing cities; John Holman, Delmar Hauck and Patricia Schaub representing townships of the second class; Dave Baldwin and Barbara Krebs representing boroughs; Scott Wagner representing the recycling industry; Mark Pergolese and Sophie Simon representing the solid waste industry; Phyllis Chant representing industry; Jim Leaman representing citizen organizations; Felicia Dell participating as an at-large member; Joseph Hoheneder, Authority board member and Gregg Pearson, Authority Recycling & Planning Division manager.
For more on the Plan Update click on the document titles below. Information contained in these documents is preliminary and tentative and is subject to change and verification of data.
The Committee represents all classes of municipalities, public and private waste industry, the recycling industry and citizen groups. The MWAC met for the first time in April of 1989 to review the progress of the Plan and continues to meet biannually.
In August of 1991, a final draft version of the Plan was presented for public comment. After a 90-day public comment period, the York County Board of Commissioners adopted the Plan in January of 1991.
A majority of York County municipalities ratified the Plan in April 1991 and the Department of Environmental Resources (now the Department of Environmental Protection) approved it in June of 1991. The Plan provides York County with a blueprint for managing its waste through the year 2015.
The Plan is divided into 12 sections, each one dealing with an important aspect of the Plan. The following is a brief summary of each of the sections.
Section 1 of the Plan describes the waste expected to be generated in York County during a 25-year planning period, projects population changes during that time and evaluates recycling potential.
A waste characterization study describes major components of the waste stream as combustible or non-combustible and recyclable and non-recyclable. Projections of quantities of biosolids and septage, and infectious and chemotherapeutic (medical) waste that will be generated in York County are shown.
Section 2 identifies waste processing and disposal facilities located in York County, including landfills, the Resource Recovery Center, recyclable materials processing facilities, wastewater treatment facilities, and a medical waste incinerator.
Section 3 provides an estimate of future disposal capacity and facilities in the County. Section 3 concludes that sufficient capacity for combustible processible waste is available, as well as capacity for biosolids and septage.
Section 4 gives a description of recyclable materials and a recycling program designed to reach a 26 percent recycling goal by 1994. It also details a schedule to implement programs that ensure collection and processing of recyclable materials, licensing of haulers, identifying and correcting program deficiencies and developing additional facilities.
Section 5 identifies the selection and justification of municipal waste management programs and new facilities that may be required.
Section 6 addresses the siting methodology of such facilities.
Section 7 illustrates the present structure of the Authority to meet the changing needs of the County and to fulfill the County's obligations under Act 101.
Section 8 discusses the continuing role of the private sector in collection, recycling, processing and disposal facilities.
Section 9 discusses the agreements and contracts, and ordinances that are necessary to assure that the various obligations will be understood and performed.
Sections 10 and 11 deal with the continuity and transition from pre-existing plans to the 25-Year Plan.
Section 12 explains the composition and role of the Municipal Waste Advisory Committee (MWAC) and documents other opportunities for public comment and participation throughout the planning process.
The Result - A Fully Integrated Plan
Act 101 requires every county to develop a solid waste management program that includes an emphasis on recycling.
The York County Plan incorporates waste reduction, recycling and a Resource Recovery Center. Copies of the complete Plan are available at the office of the York County Commissioners; at every municipal office; at every branch of the York County Library System; and at the office of the York County Solid Waste Authority. There is no fee to review this Plan.
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