This project presents the results of an analysis of data collected from a decade of surveys of illegal dumping sites and cleanups in Pennsylvania.
The study was prepared for Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful by Nestor Resources, Inc.
The project report outlines the steps from fact finding through analyses to final recommendations. It provides detailed findings, utilizes published and acknowledged sources and references, and provides justifications for the recommendations made.
Elk County - Drive and determination make up for size in this rural county. Nestor Resources has been working with the Elk County Solid Waste Authority for over fifteen years. Its program has grown from a near failing drop-off collection program to a small but full-service materials recovery facility.
Nestor Resources provides support in the layout of the facility, safety procedures, financial management, and processing contracts.
Fifteen years ago, Cranberry Township proved it isn't afraid to take the lead with innovative concepts and technology. Turning the tables on the on the old saying, together with Nestor Resources, the township told the waste industry "build it because we are coming."
One year later. . . the first automated waste, single stream recycling, and yard waste collection system began operation and the first single stream materials recycling facility opened in Pittsburgh, PA.
The program received the Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence. It's become a model for municipalities in the Greater Pittsburgh area and Pennsylvania.
Launching the Lawrence Mercer Counties Solid Waste/Recycling Department was the result of Nestor Resources relationship with both counties in developing their individual municipal solid waste management plans.
During the projects similarities in the types of programs desired by both counties became evident. Additionally, the skill sets and services available in each county for waste and recycling and for 911 call center services could complement the other's needs.
Nestor Resources help structure the agreements and establish the staffing positions. LMCSWRD has succeeded in expanding its services due to the efficiencies offered by this arrangement.
Crawford County wanted to ensure that the dollars it budgeted for waste management and recycling focused on the needs of the majority of its citizens.
Nestor Resources worked with the Crawford County Solid Waste Authority to conduct the first of its kind survey to determine the availability and actual participation of local households in waste and recycling collection services.
In addition, Nestor Resources conducted Town Hall meetings across the county to compare the public's perspective to personal surveys elected officials. Finally, focus groups were conducted of service providers, and users of waste and recycling services.
The result is a new program where the Authority provides training to local officials on waste management issues and regulatory compliance. It also offers support to municipalities looking to improve ordinances or collection contracts.
Erie County recognized that recent events in the commodity markets could cause recycling to be an unsustainable service. Nestor Resources identified a number of local problems that were systemic in nature. These would require a major shift in the approach the County and municipalities had always taken to manage their waste materials.
Nestor Resources recommended taking ownership of the commodities, developing solid waste districts for joint contracting. and constructing a small materials recovery facility where under a profit-sharing agreement the municipalities' recyclables could be processed and resold to end markets.
The County is currently exploring options to move these ideas forward.