Wind Tours

In an effort to reduce the environmental impact of our waste transfer operations, stabilize long-term fuel costs, support the Pennsylvania-based natural gas industry and build a cleaner, more sustainable future, LCSWMA has replaced our diesel-powered transfer fleet with trucks powered by compressed natural gas (CNG).

In 2013, we purchased 14 new Peterbilt transfer trucks with Cummins-Westport ISX 12L CNG engines. The trucks were transitioned into operation in April 2014 and are used to transfer waste from LCSWMA's Transfer Station in Lancaster to our waste-to-energy facilities in Bainbridge and Harrisburg, as well as to our landfill in Conestoga.

Converting our fleet also required the installation of CNG fueling infrastructure at our Transfer Station Complex. While we will utilize a time-fill (overnight) fueling system with 18 dispensers for our fleet, this project also includes a fast-fill fueling system with four dispensers for waste haulers and other select fleets.

Currently, LCSWMA's price to customers for CNG is $2.48 per diesel gallon equivalent (DGE), which is a savings of approximately 60% over the average price of diesel.

Not only is there a cost savings by switching from diesel to CNG powered vehicles, but the environmental benefits are significant as well. LCSWMA's CNG initiative is projected to reduce over 10 million pounds (or 4,500 metric tons) of air pollutants each year in Lancaster County.




On May 17, LCSWMA and PPL Renewable Energy once again offered free tours of the Wind Project at Turkey Point. This year, more than 450 children and adults toured the 3.2 megawatt wind project located at our Frey Farm Landfill.

Visitors boarded coaches and were shuttled from Creswell Park to the wind project where they enjoyed spectacular views of the Susquehanna River, as well as samples of Turkey Hill Dairy ice cream and tea.

Upon their return from the site, guests had the opportunity to tour the Rieber House Welcome Center – a 1770s renovated farmhouse where a time lapse video of the wind turbine construction was available to view.

If you know someone who missed this year's tour, encourage them to sign up for our e-newsletter to receive an advanced invitation to next year's event and more! The Spring Wind Tours event is held annually in May.



Wind Tours

Located in Manor Township, adjacent to the Frey Farm Landfill, is the Chestnut Grove Natural Area (CGNA), one of LCSWMA's open space projects where we are restoring 170-acres of retired farmland into a biologically diverse, nature preserve.

The long-term vision for the property is to provide valuable local and regional wildlife habitats, as well as recreation and environmental education opportunities for area residents.

Restoration work at CGNA began in 2012 and continues throughout this year and beyond. Projects include, invasive species control, wetland enhancement, planting of 4,100 trees and shrubs, as well as 100 acres of native grasses and wildflowers.

This project also includes development of:

  • 4.5 miles of hiking and horseback riding trails with connectors to the Turkey Hill Trail and the Manor Low-Grade Line Trail;

  • A 135-foot wetlands boardwalk featuring observation areas to view native creatures such as turtles, salamanders, frogs, ducks, geese and other wildlife;

  • Various Susquehanna River observation points; and

  • Designated bird watching areas where visitors can view a variety of birds including mourning doves, red-bellied woodpeckers, red-winged blackbirds and bald eagles.

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Cigarette Butts

If you've ever wondered what happens to your trash after you throw it away, how garbage can generate renewable energy (electricity), or how LCSWMA preserves green space and provides recreational opportunities for the community, then we invite you to participate in our Public Tours program happening now through October. During these FREE monthly tours, you'll have the opportunity to visit our Lancaster facilities for a behind-the-scenes look at daily operations of each site.

  • The Transfer Station Complex in Lancaster offers tours on the second Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m. from May through September and 10 a.m. in October.

  • The Lancaster Waste-to-Energy (WTE) Facility in Bainbridge offers tours on the third Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m. in May, June and September, 5 p.m. in July and August and 10 a.m. in October.

  • The Frey Farm Landfill in Conestoga offers tours on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m. from May through September and 10 a.m. in October.

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




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