Community Sustainability

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Community Sustainability

Nothing about LCSWMA is static. Its systems, employees and facilities are always expanding, growing and changing. There is no denying that the picture of LCSWMA has changed greatly over the years. And while LCSWMA’s core mission has not wavered, our approach to fulfilling that mission has certainly expanded along the way. Over the past decade, LCSWMA has embarked on certain initiatives in the community that extend beyond our essential function of managing Lancaster County's municipal solid waste. Some examples include building recreational trails, promoting local heritage, establishing renewable energy projects, funding strategic partnerships, expanding into a regional waste authority and much more.

When examined through a lens of sustainability, the reason for LCSWMA’s involvement in such projects and initiatives becomes remarkably clear. There is no separation between LCSWMA and the good of the community. We are committed to serving the community with excellence. Thus, we invest resources in projects that enhance the livability of the local area. Within that mindset, LCSWMA’s focus is broadly characterized under five community-oriented goals:

  1. PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT by managing solid waste and recyclables in an environmentally safe, reliable and efficient manner

  2. PRESERVE LOCAL HERITAGE by conserving open space and protecting native habitat & natural resources

  3. INCREASE RENEWABLE ENERGY PRODUCTION and decrease energy consumption

  4. EXPLORE AND EMPLOY sustainable policies and technologies

  5. REDEFINE BOUNDARIES through regionalization and community partnerships

These goals shape our past, current and future efforts as we work toward a more sustainable community. But working to grow the social, economic, and environmental climate of the Susquehanna Valley cannot be accomplished by one or two entities alone. It takes the efforts of each and every individual and organization within our community to carry out this important task. Collaboratively, we can continue to make this area a model for healthy, prosperous, and sustainable living.

A Carbon Negative Model of Waste Management
LCSWMA's Carbon Footprint is calculated using HDR Engineering's Carbon Assessment Planning Tool™ (CAPT). In 2014, LCSWMA's Lancaster County-based Integrated System was again carbon negative, with a carbon footprint of -20,268 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents (MTCO2e).