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LCSWMA Ready to Defend DEP Permit to Vertically Expand Landfill

September 08, 2017 ·

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.

While LCSWMA’s Integrated System effectively diverts 96-98% of Lancaster County’s municipal solid waste from the landfill each year, the reality is that not all waste can be reused, recycled or combusted for energy and must be disposed in an environmentally-safe manner.

LCSWMA invested over a decade in planning for a vertical expansion of the Frey Farm Landfill, including extensive environmental and engineering analyses.  The goal was to design a project that provides this much-needed public service (i.e., future landfill capacity), while minimizing its environmental, social and aesthetic impacts. 

LCSWMA likewise attained necessary approvals from the host municipality of Manor Township, including receiving support for the project from the Board of Supervisors.  The Frey Farm Landfill also holds a stellar environmental record, as it’s the only municipal landfill in PA to not receive a violation from DEP in 25 years.

The EHB process begins in October 2017, and could last up to two years.  In the coming weeks, LCSWMA’s Board of Directors will determine whether to begin construction amid the appeal.  Originally, construction was slated to begin this fall, to be ready for waste placement in 2019 when the current landfill capacity ends.

Tags: Frey Farm Landfill

LCSWMA Receives DEP Approval to Vertically Expand the Frey Farm Landfill

July 28, 2017 ·

The Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority (LCSWMA) announced it received final approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on its application for a major permit modification to vertically expand the Frey Farm Landfill.

While LCSWMA’s Integrated System effectively diverts 96-98% of Lancaster County’s municipal solid waste from the landfill each year, the reality is that not all waste can be reused, recycled or combusted for energy and must be disposed in an environmentally-safe manner. Thus, the Frey Farm Landfill, located in Conestoga, serves an important role in the Integrated System by protecting the safety, health and welfare of the community. The Frey Farm Landfill is the only municipal landfill in PA to not receive a violation from DEP in 25 years.

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, which translates to 18-20 years of environmentally-safe disposal for Lancaster County. This project also protects local resources by eliminating the need to acquire new land for landfilling purposes.

Leading to this milestone, LCSWMA invested over a decade in planning for a vertical expansion of the Frey Farm Landfill, including extensive environmental and engineering analyses. The goal was to design a project that provides this much-needed public service (i.e., future landfill capacity), while minimizing its environmental, social and aesthetic impacts.

Through an extensive and comprehensive permit review, DEP determined the public benefits of this project clearly outweigh the known and potential harms. Additionally, DEP undertook an intensive technical review process to affirm the stability of the site and the appropriateness of the project design.

“LCSWMA commends DEP for its diligence in thoroughly vetting the permit application, and for its discernment in determining this project responsibly provides for the future needs of the community,” says Jim Warner, LCSWMA’s CEO. “Receiving DEP approval for the vertical expansion project was a critical step to ensure LCSWMA can continue providing Lancaster County with cost-effective waste management services.”

The modified permit contains numerous conditions to protect the environment and community, including ongoing monitoring of the site and surrounding environment. Additionally, LCSWMA committed to developing a visual landscape synthesis plan to aesthetically blend the Frey Farm Landfill into the surrounding scenery over time.

Construction is slated to begin this fall, to be ready for waste placement by spring 2019.

Tags: Frey Farm Landfill · In The News

3/14/2017: LCSWMA Closed

March 13, 2017 ·

Due to the impending snow storm, all LCSWMA facilities will be CLOSED on Tuesday, March 14. This includes the Transfer Station Complex, Household Hazardous Waste Facility, Frey Farm Landfill, Lancaster WTE Facility and the Susquehanna Resource Management Complex. Please check back for updates regarding the storm's impact on Wednesday's operations.

For a list of facility operating hours, click here

Tags: Frey Farm Landfill · HHW · SRMC · Waste-to-Energy

Register for the 2015 Wind Tours

May 04, 2015 ·

LCSWMA, in conjunction with PPL Renewable Energy, will once again host public tours of the Turkey Point Wind Project on Saturday, May 30. 

Visitors will have the opportunity to see the two 1.6 megawatt wind turbines, tour the Frey Farm Landfill and enjoy some delicious Turkey Hill Dairy ice cream. All visitors will receive a small gift. 

Free 30-minute tours will depart from Creswell Park (3103 River Road, Conestoga) at the following times:
-9 a.m.
-10 a.m.
-11 a.m.
-1 p.m.
-2 p.m.
-3 p.m.

Seating is limited and pre-registration is required for this rain or shine event. To register, visit www.lcswma.org/windtours or call 717-397-9968. 

 

Tags: Community Events · Frey Farm Landfill · Wind Energy

Book a FREE Public Tour

March 03, 2015 ·

Have you ever wondered what happens to your trash after it’s picked up? Find out by taking a FREE public tour of our Transfer Station Complex in Lancaster, Waste-to-Energy Facility in Bainbridge or Frey Farm Landfill in Conestoga. 

Each tour offers a behind-the-scenes look at our daily operations. Follow your trash, as we transform it from waste to a resource! Tours run from March through October. Reservations can be made online or by calling 717-397-9968. 

Choose from the following tour options: 

Transfer Station Complex (1299 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster): Tours begin at the large Transfer Station building with an overview of Lancaster County's Integrated System. The walking tour continues with a visit to our Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility, compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations and concludes in our Transfer Station training room where visitors can view the tipping floor in action.

Lancaster Waste-to-Energy Facility (1911 River Road, Bainbridge): Tours begin at the Administrative Building where visitors receive an overview of Lancaster County's Integrated System and Covanta's partnership as operator of the facility. The visit continues with a driving tour, where guests are shuttled around the site, stopping at the tipping floor, control room, ash warehouse and other site highlights.

Frey Farm Landfill (3049 River Road, Conestoga): Tours begin at the Rieber House Welcome Center where visitors receive an overview of Lancaster County's Integrated System. The visit continues with a driving tour, where guests are shuttled around the site, stopping at the landfill gas plant, wind project, landfill tipping face and other highlights.

Tags: Frey Farm Landfill · HHW · Tours · Transfer Station · Waste-to-Energy

FREE Home Compost Workshop

September 25, 2014 ·

It's not too late to sign up for LCSWMA's FREE home compost workshop, happening this Saturday, September 27, from 10-11 a.m. at the Rieber House Welcome Center at our Frey Farm Landfill located at 3049 River Road, Conestoga, PA 17516. 

Attendees 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 product to naturally improve the soil.

Workshop participants will also learn how to build effective, yet inexpensive home compost bins to meet their needs. Each household in attendance will be eligible to enter a drawing to receive a free kitchen scrap collection bucket courtesy of US EPA, Region III.

To register for the home compost workshop, please call 717-397-9968 or email avollmer@lcswma.org by noon on Friday, September 26. 

Tags: Community Events · Frey Farm Landfill · Green Tips

Faces of LCSWMA: Weighmaster

September 18, 2014 ·

In our new blog series, “Faces of LCSWMA,” we take you behind-the-scenes and introduce you to some of the staff who keep our facilities operating with excellence. In this post, you’ll meet Adam Campbell, Weighmaster at our Frey Farm Landfill and learn about the importance of the Weighmaster position at each of our sites.

Adam previously worked in the construction and plumbing fields, but desired a more fulfilling career and joined LCSWMA as a Compliance/Maintenance Officer at the Frey Farm Landfill (FFLF) when he was an eager 21-year old. With a can-do attitude, Adam worked his way into the Weighmaster position, after the former Scale House Operator retired following 25 years of service.

FFLF Manger, Bob Eshbach, describes Adam as a “good worker with a positive attitude” who “gets along well with everyone and is eager to help out wherever he is needed in order to get the job done.”

As Weighmaster, Adam is responsible for ensuring that all trucks are weighed-in at the facility in a safe manner, preventing unauthorized types of waste from being delivered to the site, directing customers to the appropriate drop-off area, as well as performing various other jobs, including truck driver, heavy equipment operator and other compliance and facility maintenance tasks as needed.  

In order to become a Weighmaster in Pennsylvania, Adam had to obtain his Weighmaster License from the Department of Agriculture. He trained during lunch breaks and on Saturdays, learning how to use PC Scales (a data management system), handling monetary transactions and ensuring the amount of material coming into the FFLF does not exceed the permitted amount of 2,000 tons per day.

As the first person who greets customers, Adam understands the importance of customer service and is constantly working to ensure both residents and haulers have a pleasant experience and are weighed-in and out in a timely manner.

Adam values working for LCSWMA and loves his job. He says, “The Authority has a really positive work environment. I’ve never worked for a company that really cares for its employees the way LCSWMA does.”

Next time you’re dropping off a load of trash at the Frey Farm Landfill, say hello to Adam as you pass over the scales and let him know you saw this article. 

Tags: Faces of LCSWMA · Frey Farm Landfill

Foxes at the Landfill

May 08, 2014 ·

Our Environmental Technician recently captured this photo of three baby foxes, approximately six or seven weeks old, at the Frey Farm Landfill. Red foxes are common in Lancaster County and enjoy the open fields and farm country. In addition to these fox pups, there are at least two or three other fox families living at the site.

As a member of the Wildlife Habitat Council, LCSWMA is committed to maximizing opportunities to engage in habitat conservation. Additionally, both our closed Creswell Landfill and active Frey Farm Landfill are certified as Wildlife at Work sites, a program that seeks to create, conserve and restore wildlife habitats on corporate lands. These efforts ensure we continue seeing animals thrive in their natural habitat for years to come.


 

Tags: Frey Farm Landfill · Wildlife