Residual Waste Program
LCSWMA's Integrated System allows for two methods of non-hazardous residual waste disposal, incineration and landfill. The Lancaster Waste-to-Energy (WTE) Facility and Susquehanna Resource Management Complex (SRMC) combust waste, reducing it to ash. The ash is then used as daily cover at the Frey Farm Landfill (FFLF), which also receives non-combustible, non-hazardous residual wastes for disposal.
LCSWMA's residual waste program is unique in that it provides these two methods of disposal as well as: full accountability for the disposal of residual wastes, assistance in the permitting process, disposal liability indemnification and a high degree of security. This Integrated System safely and efficiently provides a solution for businesses and industries that are seeking the most environmentally safe, cost-effective method to dispose of their waste.
Processing Residual Waste at the Lancaster WTE Facility and SRMC
The Lancaster WTE Facility has the capacity to process 1,200 tons of waste per day and is operated by Covanta Lancaster Inc. The SRMC has the capacity to process 800 tons of waste per day and is operated by Covanta Harrisburg Inc. Both facilities are in compliance with permit requirements for emissions as required by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the PA Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP). Prior to being accepted at either facility for processing, residual wastes are subjected to a high level of scrutiny by LCSWMA and undergo an environmental review by Covanta. Additionally, processing of residual wastes must be approved by PADEP. Due to the strict air quality permit standards in place, it is imperative that residual wastes not interfere with the facilities' ability to comply with these regulations.
Processing Residual Waste at the Frey Farm Landfill
Residual waste management at the FFLF operates within similar stringent procedures as combustion at the Lancaster WTE Facility and SRMC, as well as represents the very highest in environmental protection currently available. The FFLF is a double-lined facility and all residual wastes must be reviewed by LCSWMA and PADEP prior to being accepted. The program also allows for the use of ash, resulting from the combustion of residual waste at the Lancaster WTE Facility or SRMC, to be used as daily cover.
Residual wastes are defined by PADEP as nonhazardous industrial waste. It includes waste material (solid, liquid or gas) produced by industrial, mining and agricultural operations. It excludes certain coal mining wastes and wastes from normal farming activities. Examples of the types of residual wastes accepted for combustion or landfilling including outdated, returned or off-spec manufactured goods, pharmaceutical wastes, oily debris, ink wastes, plant trash, foundry sand, refractory material, DEA controlled substances, confidential materials and other non-hazardous industrial process residues.
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