The county planning office is accepting written comments from the public on its June 2019 update to the Adams County Municipal Solid Waste Management Plan.

This update “is considered a non-substantial revision” to the county’s 2005 plan and includes new agreements for Adams County’s municipal solid waste disposal and processing for the next 10 years, according to Bicky Redman, senior planner II, environmental services, with the planning office.

To put together and update this plan, the planning office created a Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC), “issued a request for proposals (RFP) for waste disposal and processing capacity,” included SWAC members throughout the “planning/research/review/comment process,” and “worked with municipalities to structure municipal waste collection contracts to ensure plan compliance,” according to plan documents.

The update also called for looking at the “Adams County population, municipal waste tonnage, and recycling projections for the next planning period” as well as identifying the current “waste collection, recycling, transportation, processing, and disposal practices.”

Redman noted how a transporter ordinance this fall was “the primary mechanism” that assisted with the county’s solid waste management plan, which focused on getting the waste to facilities.

The ordinance will “make sure all transporters of municipal waste properly dispose of their waste materials at approved facilities not dumping and burning them illegally,” Redman previously said.

“Our solid waste management plan has always contained designated disposal/processing facilities where our waste is permitted to be disposed. And, we have always implemented our plan by directing municipal wastes to these permitted facilities,” Redman said. “We are continuing our efforts through this new ordinance by registering waste transporters.”

Redman pointed out the “primary emphasis” of the plan update involves “having sufficient disposal capacity for the next 10 years.”

“We contract with four different landfills,” Redman said.

The plan update took multiple years to put together, according to Cindy Sanderson of the planning office.

Redman thanked Sanderson and the SWAC for their efforts in this plan update.

“We are obligated to have the Solid Waste Advisory Committee to provide advisement and represent different aspects of the community,” Redman said.

The draft of the municipal solid waste management plan update is available on the county website.

Written comments are being accepted from Wednesday through July 12 and can be directed to Redman, located in the Adams County Office of Planning and Development at 670 Old Harrisburg Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325. For more information, the office can be reached at 717-337-9827.

Following comments, the plan will go to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, according to Redman.

Also, during the meeting, commissioners accepted the $4,699 offer from Viking Insurance Company, based in Wisconsin, to fix damage left to the county-owned bridge on Fleshman Mill Road. County officials indicated the bridge sustained damage from a collision on July 14, 2018.

Commissioner Vice Chairman Jim Martin announced the commissioners’ meeting on June 19 will start a half hour earlier than usual at 8:30 a.m. due to a busy schedule.

Commissioner Chairman Randy Phiel was absent from the meeting Wednesday.

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