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Solid Waste Advisory Council
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The Middlesex County Division of Solid Waste Management has been
designated by the Board of Chosen Freeholders to supervise the implementation
of the County's Solid Waste Management Plan. 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.
Division 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 Solid Waste Management Plan for consideration of approval
by the Board of Chosen Freeholders. This requires that the Division
gathers, reviews, collates and disseminates data and information on
the disposition of all Middlesex County generated solid waste and recyclables.
The objective is to ensure that the County has prudent, consistent and
environmentally sound long and short-term solid waste and recycling
strategies in place for the residents and businesses in Middlesex County.
interested in siting a solid waste and/or recycling facility in Middlesex
County are required to submit an application for consideration of solid
waste plan inclusion. The Division of Solid Waste Management, which
provides the application, is responsible for reviewing and processing,
in conjunction with SWAC, all such applications. Once SWAC and the Division
recommend an application for plan inclusion, the application is submitted
to the Board of Chosen Freeholders for their approval. Finally, all
amendments to the Solid Waste Management Plan require approval by the
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
important function of the Division is to provide continuously updated
resources and educational information to the general public on all aspects
of Middlesex County's solid waste and recycling initiatives.
inquiries pertaining to solid waste and recycling issues may be directed
to Rich Hills, Division Head for Solid Waste Management at 732-745-4170.
WASTE ADVISORY COUNCIL (SWAC)
The New Jersey Solid
Waste Management Act @ N.J.S.A. 13:1E-20 requires that each Board of
Chosen Freeholders constitute an advisory solid waste council. The council
shall include municipal mayors or their designees, persons engaged in
collection or disposal of solid waste and environmentalists. The Freeholders
shall consult with the relevant advisory solid waste council in the
development and formulation of the district solid waste management plan.
On February 16,
1978 the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders adopted a resolution,
which created the Middlesex County Solid Waste Advisory Council. The
duties of the SWAC are to:
1. Advise the
Board on all matters related to the further development and implementation
of the County Solid Waste Management Plan and Programs.
2. Advise and
assist the Director of the Division of Solid Waste Management Programs
in the preparation, evaluation, modification and development of the
County Solid Waste Management Plan and Programs.
3. Promote communication,
coordination and cooperation between and among municipal solid waste
management agencies, the private solid waste management industry,
solid waste related agencies of the State and Federal governments,
the County Division of Solid Waste Management Programs, and the general
public in the further development and conduct of the County Solid
Waste Management Program.
4. Carry out such
other duties and functions pertaining to the County Solid Waste Management
Program as may be requested from time to time by the Board.
The original Freeholder
resolution was amended via a subsequent resolution adopted by the Board
on August 15, 1985. This latter resolution increased the number of members
and composition of SWAC. Currently, SWAC consists of not more than fifty
(50) members appointed by the Board of Chosen Freeholders, comprised
of all 25 mayors of the municipalities within the County of Middlesex,
or their designees, at least three (3) persons engaged in solid waste
collection or disposal and at least three (3) persons engaged in environmental
activities; seven (7) ex-official members including the County Health
Officer, the County Engineer, the County Planning Director, the Traffic
Safety Coordinator, and representatives of the State Board of Public
Utilities Commissioners, the State Department of Environmental Protection,
and a designee of the Middlesex County Utilities Authority. Mayors'
terms coincide with the term of their office; all other members' terms
are for a period of one year. (Freeholder Resolution 95-2021 adopted
August 17, 1995 changed all other member terms from two (2) years to
one (1) year).
meets on the second Tuesday of every month. Meetings are held at the
Middlesex County Fire Training Academy, Sayreville and commence at 1:30