In 1975 the Solid Waste Management Act (N.J.S.A.13:1E-1etseq.) gave statutory authority and regulatory responsibility to the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders for planning for the handling of all types of solid waste. The purpose of the regulations is to protect the public health, public safety, the environment and natural resources by promoting a regional plan that considers the most effective and efficient use of available resources. The Freeholders have designated the Department of Solid Waste to be the agency responsible for development and implementation of the Burlington County District Solid Waste Management Plan.
The Plan serves as a blueprint for how Burlington County implements its solid waste management strategy with respect to waste reduction, recycling and disposal. It describes requirements for providing garbage disposal for Burlington County waste generators and establishes mandates and goals for keeping recyclables separate from garbage. Additionally, the Plan includes a countywide inventory of the sources, composition, and quantity of solid waste and recyclables generated, projections of the amount and composition of solid waste and recyclables, an inventory of all solid waste and recycling facilities, and an analysis of solid waste and recycling collection systems and programs.
The Freeholders adopted the first District Solid Waste Management Plan in 1979 and adopted major modifications to the Plan in 1980, 1982 and 1986. The 1986 Amendments to the Plan incorporated the District Sludge and Septage Management Plan as required by the 1977 amendments to the Act and the District Recycling Plan in anticipation of the adoption of the Mandatory Recycling Act.
Over time, it has been necessary to amend the Plan in response to subsequent directives from the Legislature, to site or include proposed solid waste facilities and to establish or modify policies and procedures regarding solid waste management. The most recent version of the Plan was adopted by the Freeholders on July 23, 2008. The certification provided by NJDEP on February 2, 2009 required minor modifications to the Plan which were completed and adopted by the Freeholders on July 22, 2009.
The Department of Solid Waste routinely reviews the County's solid waste and recycling strategies, and in conjunction with the Freeholder appointed Solid Waste Advisory Council (SWAC) along with public and private sector input prepares amendments to the County's Plan for consideration of approval by the Board of Chosen Freeholders.
From time to time the Department of Solid Waste is contacted by individuals or companies proposing to establish a solid waste or recycling facility in Burlington County. Persons interested in siting a solid waste and/or recycling facility in the County are required to submit an application for consideration of Plan inclusion. The Department of Solid Waste is responsible for reviewing and processing, in conjunction with the SWAC, all such applications. Following a public information meeting and SWAC meeting, the proposed amendment is submitted to the Board of Chosen Freeholders for action. Finally, all adopted amendments to the District Solid Waste Management Plan require approval/certification by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. View the County's Procedures for Plan Amendments.
The following is a list of subsequent amendments to the Plan:
Administrative Amendment to include Block 1300, Lots 14,15,16 and 17 in Mount Laurel Township in the list of lots that comprise the Republic Services of NJ Transfer Station. Freeholder approval 12/28/10. Approved by NJDEP 03/31/11.
Administrative Amendment for Moorestown Township to include the Class B Recycling Center at Block 8600, Lots 9 and 12 in the Plan. Freeholder approval 11/28/12. Approved by NJDEP 01/08/13
Administrative Amendment for Herman's Trucking for transfer of ownership and name change to Phoenix Recycling and Composting Company of New Jersey. Freeholder approval 08/28/13. Approved by NJDEP 10/1/13.
Administrative Amendment for STA-SEAL for transfer of ownership and name change to Trap Rock Industries. Freeholder approval 08/28/13. Approved by NJDEP 10/01/13.