September 2017
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Harrisburg Mural Festival
Sprocket Mural Works' inaugural Harrisburg Mural Festival was last week! The festival focused on city beautification through the creation of murals in 10 days. 

Artists YU-BABA and KEY DETAIL brought LCSWMA's motto "waste is a resource" to life in a mural that was painted on the side of the Underground Bike Shop in Harrisburg. We believe waste can make beautiful things happen, and that's why we proudly support local arts and culture like the mural.

Waste is a Resource
Waste is often viewed as something no longer useful. But did you know that waste is a powerful resource? So much so that the waste we generate every day powers the equivalent of 45,000 area homes. And not only is waste powerful, but it is beautiful.  It affords LCSWMA the opportunity to create open spaces and recreational trails for our community to enjoy. We invite you to visit, packed with videos that provide fun, engaging ways to learn how waste is transforming our community.

How are YOU making waste a resource in our community? Snap a picture and share your story using #wasteisaresource. 

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LCSWMA Ready to Defend DEP Permit to Vertically Expand Landfill
The Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority (LCSWMA) announced it will vigorously defend its permit issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to vertically expand the Frey Farm Landfill in Conestoga. 

LCSWMA's landfill serves a vital role in Lancaster County's Integrated System by protecting the safety, health and welfare of the community through environmentally-safe solid waste disposal.  The $56M vertical expansion project will maximize LCSWMA's current landfill site by using mechanically stabilized earthen berms.  This design limits the height increase to just 50 feet and lateral expansion to only 9-acres.  The result is 6.4 million cubic yards of capacity, enough to serve Lancaster County for the next 18-20 years.  This project also protects local resources by eliminating the need to acquire new land for landfilling purposes.

A small opposition group filed an appeal of the permit to the Environmental Hearing Board (EHB) on August 24th.  In their appeal, appellants reiterate previous objections raised during the 2.5-year review process with DEP.  These complaints were extensively vetted by DEP, which ultimately determined the public benefits of this project clearly outweigh the potential harms and approved LCSWMA's permit application.

"LCSWMA is prepared and well-positioned to defend this permit, and will do so jointly with DEP," says Jim Warner, LCSWMA's CEO.  "We have every confidence the EHB will affirm DEP's decision."

A prominent figure in the opposition group is Jeffrey Koons, a NYC resident and wealthy artist who owns vacation property in York County, directly across from the landfill.  Koons is listed in the appeal under the cover of "Stone Fence Acres, LP" and "Farmland Preservation, LP".  Through his representing counsel, Koons has expressed displeasure with the aesthetic view of the landfill. 

"It's unfortunate that Jeffrey Koons considers the view from his property more important than the disposal needs of over 500,000 Lancaster County residents," says Warner.  "Due to Koons' visual preference, defending our permit will cost upwards of $1 million of public money."

LCSWMA underscores the importance of this vertical expansion permit for continuation for Lancaster County's cost-effective and award-winning Integrated System.  Revocation of the permit would put the entire system, and future of waste management in Lancaster County, at risk.  Such a development could mean a financial impact of $10 million annually, translating into a 30% increase in refuse disposal fees.

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Home Compost Workshops

LCSWMA is partnering with municipalities, institutions, community organizations and Penn State Master Gardeners of Lancaster County to conduct home compost workshops where residents will learn how to recycle organic waste from their kitchens and gardens instead of putting it in the trash. Composting is an excellent way to recycle vegetable scraps, grass clippings, leaves, and other organic materials and turn them into a useful and valuable soil amendment.

Workshop attendees will also learn how to build effective, yet inexpensive home compost bins to meet their needs. Each household in attendance will receive a free kitchen scrap collection bucket and be entered into a raffle for a home compost bin courtesy of LCSWMA.

Lancaster County residents are invited to attend the next workshop scheduled for October 14 at the Millport Conservancy located at 737 East Millport Road in Lititz. The workshop is from 10:00 am to 11:30 am. No fee is required, but pre-registration is recommended. To pre-register or for more information, please contact the Warwick Township Recycling Coordinator at (717) 626-8900 or email

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