One of the most successful and comprehensive county recycling programs in Pennsylvania is the recycling program of Lancaster County. A big reason for Lancaster county's success is Tim Breneisen, Lancaster County's Recycling Coordinator. Tim's inexhaustible energy and attention to detail are two of the traits that have allowed the program to be as successful as it has become.
Lancaster County's Solid Waste Management Authority ("LCSWMA") oversees nearly all aspects of the county's collection, transfer, recycling and disposal of municipal waste in Lancaster County. Tim Breneisen has been with the Lancaster Solid Waste Authority since March of 1989. While Tim has a degree in Forest Science from Penn State, he is equally at home as the messenger of recycling in Lancaster County. Tim's first position at Lancaster County's Solid Waste Management Authority was working with non-residential generators to establish recycling programs among members of the business, industrial and institutional communities. Within three years, Tim had assumed the reins of County Recycling Coordinator where he presides today.
While most of Lancaster County's recyclables are collected by private haulers, Tim works closely with the 38 curbside municipal recycling programs within Lancaster County, supplying technical support and market research and development for these programs. These 38 programs serve 76 % of the county's residents. The county's recycling rate for 2001 was 46%, that translates into 188,500 tons of material being recycled instead of being disposed of in a landfill or an incinerator. Tim also does the market development for the recyclables that LCSWMA handles and is one of the most visible promoters and supporters of recycling in the commonwealth. Tim has helped to implement the numerous supplementary programs that provide the comprehensive approach to the handling, recycling and disposal of municipal waste streams in the county. LCSWMA has a permanent Household Hazardous Waste Facility that provides for the free drop-off of computers, batteries, paint, fluorescent light bulbs and propane tanks by county residents.
LCSWMA also sponsors or helps to sponsor 36 drop-off centers for yard waste, 32 drop-off points for waste oil, 5 drop-off centers for old ammunition, and CFC recovery from appliances such as refrigerators and air conditioners disposed of at the LCSWMA transfer station. All of these activities have garnered many awards for Tim and the people at the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority including awards from the Solid Waste Association of North America ("SWANA") in 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1998. LCSWMA also won Pennsylvania Waste Watcher Awards in 1999 and 2000. And just this year LCSWMA has won the Community Leadership Recycling Award presented by the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation. Over the life of its program, LCSWMA has recycled over one half million batteries. That's enough batteries to energize any program. Join me in congratulating Tim and the dedicated folks at the LCSWMA for their caring and ahrd work.
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