March 16, 2018
The Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority (LCSWMA) announces the internal succession of Robert “Bob” Zorbaugh as the next CEO, starting January 1, 2019. The decision was ratified by LCSWMA’s Board of Directors at their March 16th public meeting.
“The Board has great confidence in Bob’s diverse leadership experience and unique abilities,” says Steve Dzurik, LCSWMA’s Board Chair. “He brings a considerable knowledge base, deep industry respect, and great energy to this role. We believe Bob is well-positioned to lead LCSWMA to continue its long history of excellence and service to our community.”
Zorbaugh is a 28-year veteran of the solid waste industry, with expertise in facilities management, operational efficiency and safety, capital project management, environmental compliance, and technical services.
His career with LCSWMA began in 1990 as a Construction Inspector at the Frey Farm Landfill. Zorbaugh then served in progressing management roles for LCSWMA, including Landfill Manager (1993 – 2001), Operations Manager (2001 – 2010), and Chief Operating Officer (2010 – 2018).
During his tenure with LCSWMA, Zorbaugh directed several, critical projects and initiatives that positioned the organization as a nationally-recognized operation within the solid waste industry, as well as a respected, valued, and trusted community partner in Lancaster and Dauphin Counties. Highlights from Zorbaugh’s career include:
Directing a 400,000-ton reclamation project at the Frey Farm Landfill (1991 – 1996), which involved the excavation, processing, and transportation of landfilled waste for waste-to-energy processing—the first project if its kind in Pennsylvania.
Launching an enhanced, comprehensive Safety Program (2002), with LCSWMA receiving numerous safety awards that recognized its stellar record of safe operations for employees, customers, and the community.
Directing the design, construction, and operations of a $34 million revitalization of LCSWMA’s Transfer Station Complex (2005 – 2007), including the first (and only) drive-through Household Hazardous Waste Facility in Pennsylvania.
Directing the operations of a $23 million revitalization of the Susquehanna Resource Management Complex (SRMC) in Harrisburg (2014), including transforming the aesthetics of the site, improving operational efficiencies, and enhancing customer service.
Achieving an outstanding environmental compliance history at all LCSWMA permitted facilities, including over 25-years of zero DEP violations at the Frey Farm Landfill.
Fostering a culture of excellent customer service at LCSWMA, including a focus on offering a quality experience for waste hauling customers and the community.
Zorbaugh says, “I’m honored the Board selected me as the next CEO for this great organization, of which I’ve been a part for almost three decades. I’m also excited about LCSWMA’s future and look forward to continue working with our outstanding employees to fulfill the organization’s mission.”
Starting this August, Zorbaugh will serve as co-CEO with LCSWMA’s current leader, Jim Warner, as Zorbaugh transitions in to the CEO role on January 1, 2019. He conveys gratitude for Warner’s leadership, saying, “Jim has been a wonderful Mentor during my career at LCSWMA, and I appreciate all that he has given to not only myself, but the organization, and community as well.”
Warner, who is retiring at the end of the year, reflects that “Bob has been critical to our success as an organization. He offers a unique combination of knowledge, experience, and skills that strongly positions him to lead LCSWMA into the future. I believe our Board made a wise decision, and I look forward to assisting Bob’s transition into his new role as CEO.”
Beyond LCSWMA, Zorbaugh is a respected leader within the local community and the solid waste industry. He most recently served as Board President (2015 – 2016) for the Keystone Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), LCSWMA’s industry association.
He holds a B.S. in Geo-Environmental Science from Shippensburg University, as well as several operational certifications from SWANA.