Dauphin County Commissioners Seek Volunteers for Committee to Update Municipal Waste Management Plan

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The Dauphin County Commissioners are asking interested residents to volunteer for consideration to serve on the county’s Solid Waste Advisory Committee, tasked with preparing and adopting a municipal waste management plan for the next decade.

The current plan expires on Oct. 17, 2023.

The county commissioners will appoint committee members from the qualified individuals who submit letters.

Volunteers should have knowledge of the solid waste field and familiarity with the existing management plan. The committee does not deal with “daily” trash-haul operations or service complaints.

“This is a chance for our residents to be involved and engaged in government,” Commissioner Mike Pries said. “This committee will determine our next 10-year plan for municipal waste management.”

The county municipal waste management plan has several purposes:

- To ensure the county has sufficient processing and disposal capacity for its municipal waste;

- To ensure a full, fair, and open discussion of alternative methods of municipal waste processing or disposal;

- To ensure maximum feasible waste reduction and recycling of municipal waste or recyclable material;

- To conserve resources and protect the public health, safety and welfare from municipal waste’s associated dangers.

Every Pennsylvania county, per the Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act, must adopt a municipal waste management plan every 10 years.

Specifically, volunteers will be asked to represent the following committee categories:

  1. All classes of municipalities within the county (city, township, and borough)
  2. Citizen organizations
  3. Industry
  4. The private solid waste industry operating within the county.
  5. The private recycling or scrap material processing industry operating within the county.

Anyone interested in serving should a submit letter of interest, including information as to how they are qualified to represent one of the outlined committee categories, via email to KKepler@dauphinc.org, or mail to: Keith Kepler, Director of Dauphin County Recycling, 1625 S. Cameron St., Harrisburg, Pa. 17104, by January 31, 2022 at 4 p.m.

MEDIA CONTACT: Brett Hambright, Press Secretary, 717-780-6311; bhambright@dauphinc.org.