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20  Years of Recycling Bliss

In 1994, the Rockland County Solid Waste Management Authority (‘the Authority’) was created by the New York State Assembly Authorities Act and the Rockland County Legislature. The Authority By-Laws also were promulgated. The Authority consists of 17 members: 13 elected officials consisting of the five town supervisors (ex officio), eight legislative representatives (5 majority & 3 minority members), two Village Mayors and two representatives appointed by the County Executive. The members are not compensated for their time.

The Rockland County’s Solid Waste Management Plan (the ‘Plan’) has been implemented by the Authority within the framework of the hierarchy required by State law.  The goals of the Plan are to maximize waste reduction, reuse, and recycling. The Plan examines solid waste issues through the lens of sustainability and focuses on opportunities to support and protect the environment through the recovery and reuse of recyclable paper; glass; metal and plastic containers; compostable materials; sewage bio-solids; bulky wastes; construction and demolition debris; and household hazardous waste.

The Authority originated as a local Rockland County facility and continues to serve the original county municipalities and customers (a population of over 320,000 people spread across 173.3 square miles).  Since its creation in 1994, the Authority has evolved into a network of integrated waste management facilities serving and accepting materials regionally.

  • The Authority’s integrated waste management facilities include:
  • a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), taking in over 26,000 tons of recyclable materials per year
  • three regional garbage Transfer Stations that aggregate regional Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) and handle over 228,000 tons per year
  • a regional Cocomposting Facility (CoCo) processing over 25,000 tons of preprocessed biosolids, mixed with 5,000 tons of yard waste and  clean wood waste each year                                     
  • three Yard waste Facilities that process over 52,000 tons of material per year.
  • Additionally, the Authority operates one of the few permanent Household Hazardous Waste Facilities (HHW) in New York State that is open five days a week, plus targeted weekend dates. The Household Hazardous Waste Facility (HHW) receives:
  • over 50,000 gallons of liquid HHW, and approximately 1,000,000 pounds of e-waste annually
    more than 800,000 pounds of other HHW materials annually, including a vast array of products not usually managed by ordinary HHW Facilities.

As a deeper understanding develops about the inter-relationship among various aspects of materials management, the critical nature of how we manage waste has become an even more vital discussion.  The myriad economic and environmental advantages of reuse and recycling, the need to keep pace with proper disposal of new products, and the need for sustainable approaches to protect both the environment and public health form the basis of discussion about the future of waste management.  From organic food wastes to the byproducts of manufactured goods --- the contemporary methodology of waste management operates at the nexus of science, government, community and commerce. The Authority is dedicated to keeping pace with new concepts of sustainability and resource conservation in order to serve the people of Rockland County.


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