History of the Authority

Prior to the inception of the Rockland County Solid Waste Management Authority (the Authority), a Solid Waste Management Committee existed as a sub-committee of the Rockland County Legislature.  This Committee was charged by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) http://www.dec.ny.gov to develop a Solid Waste Management Plan (‘the Plan’) that would address the County's solid waste issues and opportunities. 

In 1992, the NYSDEC approved the Rockland County Final Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan and Generic Environmental Impact Statement ("the Plan").  With the pending closure of all three of Rockland's municipal landfills along with new scientific understanding of the important role of proper handling and disposal of solid waste materials for protection of the environment, implementation of the Plan was applauded as a valuable and critical initiative.

In 1994, The Rockland County Solid Waste Management Authority (‘the Authority’) was created by the New York State Assembly Authorities Act and the Rockland County Legislature.  The Authority Bylaws Authority By-Laws also were promulgated. The Authority consists of 17 members: 13 elected officials consisting of the five town supervisors (ex officio), eight legislative representatives (5 majority & 3 minority members), two Village Mayors and two representatives of the County Executive. The members are not compensated for their time in any way.

Over the years, the Plan has been implemented by the Rockland County Solid Waste Management Authority ("the Authority") within the framework of the hierarchy required by State law, and is now in the process of being updated in concert with the updated NYS Solid Waste Plan, Beyond Waste, A Sustainable Materials Management Strategy for NYS Including Key Findings, Goals, Impacts, Focus and Recommendations.  http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/41831.html  The goals of the Plan are to maximize waste reduction, reuse, and recycling.  The Plan examines solid waste issues through the lens of sustainability and focuses on opportunities to support and protect the environment through the recovery and re-use of recyclable paper; glass; metal and plastic containers; compostable materials; sewage bio-solids; bulky wastes and construction and demolition debris; and household hazardous waste.

The Plan is further supported by the Rockland County Department of Health Sanitary Code, Article XVII https://rocklandgov.com/files/8513/3310/9680/Article_17_Separation_of_NonOffensive_Mat.pdf

While the Authority originated as a local Rockland County facility and continues to serve the original county municipalities and customers (a population of over 310,000 people spread across 173.3 square miles), the Authority has evolved into a network of integrated waste management facilities accepting materials regionally, including:

  • A Materials Recovery Center (MRF), taking in over 26,000 Tons of recyclable materials #s1-7 per year. 
  • Three regional garbage Transfer Stations that aggregate regional Municipal Solid Waste (MSW); handling over 228,000 Tons per year.
  • A regional  Cocomposting Facility (CoCo) processing over 25,000 Tons of preprocessed biosolids, mixed with 5,000 Tons of yard waste and clean wood waste each year, creating a rich, top grade compost for local landscapers and civil engineering projects; and
  • Three (3) Yard waste Facilities that process over 52,000 Tons of material per year.
  • Additionally, The Authority operates one of the few permanent Household Hazardous Waste Facilities (HHW) in New York State’s that is open 5 days a week, plus targeted weekend dates. The Household Hazardous Waste Facility (HHW) receives over 50,000 gallons of liquid HHW, and more than 800,000 pounds of other HHW materials annually, including a vast array of products not usually managed by ordinary HHW Facilities.

Organizational By-Laws (pdf)