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LCSWMA ACQUIRES THE SRMC

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On December 23, 2013, after three years of intense exploration, planning, negotiations and preparation, LCSWMA became the new owner of the Harrisburg Resource Recovery Facility, now called the Susquehanna Resource Management Complex (SRMC).

Total price was $129,898,000 and included LCSWMA receiving $16 million towards the purchase: $8 million from the previous owner and $8 million from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. LCSWMA acquired the facility to ensure future waste-processing capability for Lancaster County because our Lancaster Waste-to-Energy Facility is currently at capacity.

As new owner, LCSWMA is fully managing the SRMC, which includes the 800 tons-per-day, 3-boiler mass burn WTE facility, a transfer station and two ash landfills.

Built in 1972, the SRMC is the country's oldest operating WTE facility and will process approximately 275,000 tons of waste and generate 130,000 megawatt-hours of renewable energy each year. The facility had an extensive retrofit in the mid 2000's, which included three new boilers and a new turbine generator.

Over the next four years, LCSWMA plans to make more than $18 million worth of improvements to the SRMC, including projects such as installing new scales, constructing a new small vehicle drop-off building, making upgrades to the WTE facility, expanding the current tipping floor, constructing a new building for ash storage, revamping the current site entrances and implementing extensive landscaping work.

Stay tuned for exciting announcements regarding the SRMC, including a Dedication and Community Day tentatively scheduled for fall 2014.

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TRASH IS ELECTRIFYING

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As you travel along Route 30, 441 or 283, keep a look out for our new Ford Focus electric car.

LCSWMA employees are using this car to travel between our four sites: Transfer Station Complex in Lancaster, Waste-to-Energy (WTE) Facility in Bainbridge, Frey Farm Landfill in Columbia and SRMC in Harrisburg. Each site is equipped with its own charging station.

Wrapped with a unique design that features phrases such as "Trash is electrifying!" and "Powered by trash," the car helps to raise awareness of LCSWMA's efforts to transform waste into a resource. For instance, when the car is plugged in at either of our WTE facilities, it's fueling up on clean energy produced by the combustion of garbage; while at the Transfer Station Complex, the car is receiving power from more than 2,000 solar panels mounted on the roof of four buildings.

This state-of-the-art vehicle earns an EPA-estimated rating of 110 city MPGe, which is the EPA equivalent measure of gasoline fuel efficiency for electric mode operation. By employing cleaner technologies to displace petroleum-based fossil fuels, LCSWMA is helping to reduce local air pollution and improve air quality in Lancaster County.

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THREE GREEN RESOLUTIONS TO MAKE IN 2014

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It's not too late to make a new resolution. Vow to live more eco-friendly in 2014 by incorporating these simple lifestyle changes into your routine:

1) Buy Less Bottled Water
According to the Clean Air Council, between 26 and 41 percent of the 2.4 million tons of PET plastic discarded every year is bottled water bottles. Reduce your carbon footprint and quench your thirst at the same time by purchasing a reusable glass water bottle. Think before you drink!

2) Use Reusable Shopping Bags
The Sierra Club reports that 60,000 plastic bags are used in the United States every five seconds – many of which are not recycled. This year, instead of carrying your groceries home in plastic, opt for a sturdy, more stylish alternative such as reusable canvas bags.

3) Begin Home Composting
There are many benefits from home composting, including controlling household waste, saving money and enjoying healthy, vibrant plants. According to the EPA, 24 percent of the U.S. municipal waste stream is composed of food remnants and yard trimmings and composting is a great way to keep these materials out of the trash.

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2014 PUBLIC TOURS PROGRAM DATES AVAILABLE

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Join us on Tuesdays from March through October for our Public Tours Program where you'll have the opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at the waste management industry.
The 2014 Public Tours Program schedule is as follows:


In March, April and October, tours will be held at 10 a.m., while May through September tours will take place at 5 p.m. in order to accommodate those with daytime conflicts.

To register for a tour, please visit the Public Tours page on our website or contact Allison Vollmer, Public Relations Coordinator, at 717-397-9968 ext. 196.

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HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE FACILITY ACHIEVES NEW RECORD

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As part of the Transfer Station Complex, the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility provides a place for Lancaster County residents to dispose of household hazardous materials such as paint, cleaners, batteries, TVs, cell phones and more – free of charge.

In 2013, HHW served a record number of customers: 57,971 (up 33 percent from 2012).



Last year, residents dropped off:

  • 2,201,493 pounds of e-waste

  • 134,780 pounds of batteries

  • 80,750 pounds of motor oil

  • 102,258 pounds of flammable liquids

  • 34,351 pounds of florescent bulbs

  • 287,640 pounds of latex paint

The HHW Facility is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. – noon. Visit our website for a complete listing of materials accepted.