Most people forget about their trash once it’s thrown away. They believe the material is taken to a landfill, where it’s buried and forgotten. In many communities that might be true. But in Lancaster and Dauphin Counties, LCSWMA views waste as a resource to make great things happen. We make waste work for the people we serve.

A graphic with icons and the words "Rethink. Recover. Renew."

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: Stewardship, Safety, 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.