In accordance with Act 101 of Pennsylvania Law, Delaware County has begun the process of updating its 10-year Municipal Waste Management Plan.
Last updated in 2013, this plan will be used to chart a course for administering solid waste programs and policies, through economically and environmentally sustainable methods, for the next ten years. The Municipal Waste Management Advisory Committee has been formed to review the plan during its preparation, make suggestions and propose any changes it believes appropriate. To this end, Delaware County is expanding the role of the Advisory Committee to ensure that the plan is stakeholder-driven and represents the needs and desires of the residents and businesses in the county.
Currently, the majority of the county’s non-recycled trash (370,000 tons/year) goes to the Covanta incinerator in Chester, with an additional 30,000 tons per year going to the Rolling Hills Landfill in Berks County. The updated Municipal Waste Management Plan will guide the County’s transition from this reliance on incineration and landfills to sustainable methods of materials management using Zero Waste practices. This will maximize feasible waste reduction of municipal waste and source-separated recyclable material and ensure that the County has sufficient processing and disposal capacity for its municipal waste for the next 10 years.
This comprehensive plan will also support the development of the County’s waste and resource management goals, which will be included in the Delaware County Sustainability and Climate Action Plan.
To help ensure that the new plan reflects the priorities of the residents, businesses and institutions within Delaware County, the public was invited to attend a series of three public workshops, held both in-person and via Zoom, to provide input and share ideas regarding the 10-year Municipal Waste Management Plan, with a goal of adopting zero waste practices. The workshops can be viewed in their entirety through the links below.
Zero Waste Workshop #1
April 28, 2022
Sellers Memorial Library
Zero Waste Workshop #2
May 26, 2022
Norwood Public Library
Zero Waste Workshop #3
June 30, 2022
Chester City Hall Community Room
Meetings are held the first Thursday of the month at 12 noon via Zoom.
Members of the public are invited to attend Advisory Committee meetings and comment on the pre-circulation draft plan. Comments may be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Municipal Waste Plan” in the title.
|Date||Day & Time||Agendas||Recordings|
|April 7, 2022||Thursday, 12pm||Agenda||Video|
|May 5, 2022||Thursday, 12pm||Agenda||Video|
|June 2, 2022||Thursday, 12pm||Agenda||Video|
|August 4, 2022||Postponed||N/A||N/A|
|September 1, 2022||Thursday, 12pm||Agenda||Video|
|October 6, 2022||Postponed||N/A||N/A|
|December 2, 2022||Postponed||N/A||N/A|
|June 29, 2023||Thursday, 12pm||Agenda||Video|