The York County Board of Commissioners established the York County Solid Waste Authority in 1971 to assure the adequate and proper disposal of all municipal solid waste generated in York County.
To address this challenge, the Authority developed a comprehensive, integrated municipal waste management plan. Early on, the County recognized the need to emphasize waste reduction, reuse and recycling in its overall approach to waste management. In 1985, the original plan was updated to enable it to keep pace with the growing needs of the County and advances in waste management technology.
Plans for a waste-to-energy facility that could accommodate York County’s waste for at least 25 years were initiated. In 1987, construction of the Resource Recovery Center began at the Blackbridge Road site in Manchester Township. In October of 1989, the Center began processing York County waste and generating electricity.
Recycling is another important aspect of the Authority’s activities. Helping municipalities establish curbside and drop-off center recycling programs is a key focus. Other programs such as an electronics recycling program, household hazardous waste collection programs and Christmas tree recycling further serve to decrease the County’s waste stream.
The Authority and its activities are self-supported from revenue generated through the sale of electricity from the Resource Recovery Center and customer disposal fees. The Authority's annual operating budget is approximately $44 million. No York County tax dollars are used to fund the Authority. Additional funding for various projects is obtained through grant monies available from the state. This self-sufficiency enables the Authority to contain the cost of waste management in York County.
Throughout its history, the Authority has accomplished its objectives through the efforts of a small staff and a committed volunteer board. Today, the Authority employs 26 people in four divisions: the Engineering/Operations Division, the Administrative Division, the Recycling & Planning Division, and the Community Services Division.
A nine-member volunteer board is appointed by the County Commissioners and participates actively in devoting countless hours to forwarding the goals of the Authority. The Authority holds a public meeting the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30PM at its Management Center, 2700 Blackbridge Road, Manchester Township. The public is invited to attend to learn more about Authority activities or to provide comment.