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Our Mission

Our Philosophy

VISION: Rethinking Waste for a Sustainable Future.

The first word of LCSWMA’s tagline (RETHINK) conveys our commitment to discovering and implementing new ways of using waste as a resource to create a sustainable future. LCSWMA also envisions a future where society uses waste in ways that improve the livability of our community.

MISSION: Managing Waste as a Resource to Protect and Benefit Our Community.

The second word of LCSWMA’s tagline (RECOVER) conveys our commitment to creating value from waste, in order to benefit our community. Of equal importance, LCSWMA manages the waste while protecting the safety, health, and welfare of the people we serve and the surrounding environment.

CORE VALUES: Safety, Stewardship, Excellence, Innovation, Leadership, Education, Collaboration

The third word of LCSWMA’s tagline (RENEW) speaks to our value system, whereby the strong roots of the organization represent the foundation of our vision and mission, to create new opportunities from society’s waste.

  • Stewardship – managing our resources to protect the environment.

  • Safety – protecting the wellbeing of our employees, customers, and community.

  • Excellence – delivering the highest quality in all we do.

  • Innovation – rethinking our initiatives, operations, and assets to create opportunities.

  • Leadership – guiding our organization, industry, and community with passion and vision.

  • Education – communicating information to help society rethink waste.

  • Collaboration – working together to achieve success.

Our Perspective on Waste

Most people don't think twice about the waste they throw away or place at the curb for collection. Those who do wonder assume that it goes directly to a landfill where it is buried and forgotten. That is the case in most areas of the United States. But Lancaster County, Pennsylvania is unique. We understand that solid waste management decisions will have a lasting impact on the environment for many generations. The Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority, or LCSWMA, has developed an innovative system to provide the best combination of safe and efficient disposal of municipal solid waste. It's called an Integrated System.

The Integrated System allows for the disposal of waste in the most environmentally beneficial manner by combining the resources of a comprehensive recycling program, state-of-the-art Transfer Station, Waste-to-Energy (WTE) Facility, Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility and a landfill. As a result, the flow of waste to the landfill is significantly reduced, which means it will last longer and consume far less land over time. The consumption of natural resources is reduced by generating clean, renewable energy (electricity) from the waste and diverting a large portion of the waste for recycling or reuse. By wisely implementing this Integrated System, LCSWMA is taking a balanced approach to solid waste management that protects that land, air and water.

Our Structure

A corporate and political body organized under the Municipal Authorities Act of 1945 of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, LCSWMA manages the design, financing, construction and operation of the county's Integrated System.

Lancaster County's commissioners appoint LCSWMA's nine-member board of directors. Seven members of the Executive Team oversee the operations, finance, technical services, energy administration, capital projects and business development for the organization. LCSWMA holds no taxing powers and receives no government backing of its debt. The organization's primary source of revenue is waste disposal ("tipping") fees, as well as revenue from the sale of electricity generated by its renewable energy projects.