On January 26, 2016, Erie County Council adopted the 2015 Erie County Municipal Solid Waste Plan.  It reviews the current waste generation and recycling efforts for Erie County and identifies objectives and goals that could assist the municipalities in decreasing trash generation and increase recycling efforts and reporting. Those goals relate to:

  • Motivating Commercial and Institutional Recycling
  • Building Public Awareness and Support
  • Pollution Prevention and Community Beautification
  • Tracking, Monitoring and Data Management
  • Organics Composting

In addition to the goals, the plan also lists those landfills which have the capacity to accept Erie County waste and have executed landfill capacity agreements with Erie County. Those landfills, as of June 2016 are:

  •  Advanced Disposal Services
    • Greentree Landfill
    • Chestnut Valley (Back-up Facility)
  • Casella Waste Management
    • McKean County Landfill
    • Hyland Landfill (Back-up Facility)
  • Vogel Holding
    • Seneca Landfill
  • Waste Management
    • Lake View Landfill
    • Northwest Sanitary Landfill
  • Chautauqua County Landfill


ACT 101

Act 101, the Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act of 1988, requires that each county develop and submit an officially adopted Municipal Waste Management Plan for municipal waste generated within the county. In accordance with the requirements of Act 101 and its implementing regulations, Erie County previously developed and adopted Municipal Waste Management Plans in 1990 and 1995. Plans are required to be updated every ten years. This Plan is an update to the 1995 Plan.


The purpose of the Plan as stated in Act 101 is to (1) ensure that the County has sufficient processing and disposal capacity for its municipal waste for the next ten years, (2) ensure a full, fair and open discussion of alternative methods of municipal waste processing or disposal, (3) ensure maximum feasible waste reduction of municipal waste or source separated recyclable material, (4) shift the primary responsibility for developing and implementing municipal waste management plans from municipalities to counties, and (5) conserve resources and protect the public health, safety and welfare from the short and long term dangers of transportation, processing, treatment, storage and disposal of municipal waste. Plan requirements are outlined under Act 101 and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) regulations. In addition, this Plan has been developed following the DEP's guidance documents. 


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