Environmental Stewardship Overview

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Environmental Stewardship

Reducing our Garbage Footprint
The world that surrounds us is an amazing place, rich with natural resources and diverse wildlife; especially in Lancaster County with our beautiful farmland and rich heritage. As such, LCSWMA recognizes our responsibility for managing Lancaster County's waste, while also reducing our own eco footprint. We are dedicated to the establishment of sustainable systems that provide the optimum balance between conservation and disposal of waste.

Our Environmental Management System
LCSWMA's Environmental Management System (EMS) takes a comprehensive, proactive approach to reducing our impact on the local ecosystem and encompasses the following:

  • Maintaining complete environmental compliance

  • Dedicating necessary resources to meet and exceed permit requirements

  • Continuously working to improve our environmental performance

  • Preventing pollution

  • Providing environmentally-related education and opportunities to our employees

ISO 14001 Certified
Certified by Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance 14001 Standard, our Environmental Management System is the only public integrated waste system in the United States to achieve this standard.

What is ISO 14001 Certification?
ISO 14001 provides guidelines on the elements of an EMS and its implementation, and discusses principal issues involved. The EMS Standards for ISO 14001 specifies the requirements for such an environmental management system. Fulfilling these requirements demands objective evidence which can be audited to demonstrate that the environmental management system is operating effectively in conformity to the standard.

What is the International Organization for Standardization?
The International Organization for Standardization is an international-standard-setting body composed of representatives from various national standards organizations. Founded in 1947, the organization publishes world-wide proprietary industrial, governmental, and commercial standards.

Wildlife Habitat Council Certified
As a member of the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC), LCSWMA understands the intrinsic value that our landholdings have for local wildlife. We became a member of the WHC in order to maximize opportunities to engage in habitat conservation, biodiversity promulgation and public education at our facilities. Both our closed Creswell Landfill and active Frey Farm Landfill are certified as Wildlife at Work sites, which seek to create biologically diverse habitats and encourages proliferation of native wildlife.

Environmental Overview