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. 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 the 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 is invited and encouraged to attend a series of public workshops, held both in-person and via Zoom, that will provide participants an opportunity to give input and share ideas.

For additional details and to register to participate, go to delcopa.gov/workshops. The Zoom link for the online participation will be provided upon the completion of the registration process.