Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event
Our 8th Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event was held in August 2015 and was an incredible success. The two day event was open to all Clinton County residents free of charge including nine Lycoming County Townships who were invited thanks in part to our generous corporate sponsors. Over 130 households participated in the collection event and over nearly 12,000 pounds of HHW was collected. We also collected over 200 gallons of used motor oil and 600 pounds of vehicle batteries. Just a reminder, used motor oil and vehicle batteries can be dropped off at our recycling center anytime during normal working hours.
EXPLORING WITH LEADERSHIP CLINTON COUNTY PARTICIPANTS
Leadership Clinton County participants explored Clinton County's many resources relating to agriculture and the environment recently.
Organizations participating were Clinton County Cleanscapes, Clinton County Conservation District, Clinton County Cooperative Extension, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation and Wayne Township Landfill.
Pictured here is Marci Orndorf with the Wayne Township Landfill explaining the recycling operations to the participants.
Sponsors were Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Clinton County Commissioners, Clinton County Economic Partnership, Clinton County Community Foundation, First Quality Enterprises, Leadership Clinton County Alumni, Lock Haven F.O.E #4298, Lock Haven Loyal Order of Moose, M&T Bank, PPL Corporation and its affiliate, UGI Central Penn Gas.
Anyone interested in participating in Leadership Clinton County should contact April Henry at 570-748-5782, for an application and more information.
CNG: THE NEXT BIG GAME CHANGER
New administration building taking shape
August 13, 2013
McELHATTAN -A new, modern timber-frame structure is going up on McElhattan Drive.
The $4.7 million, 12,500-square-foot facility, soon to be the new administration building for the Wayne Township Landfill and Clinton County Solid Waste Authority, is being built by Haas Buildings Solutions Inc. of State College.
Scott Walker, project manager for Hearthstone Homes Inc., is overseeing the effort involving some 30 subcontractors, as he and his crew continue the work on the commercial building.
Workers use a crane to set large timbers in place as they continue to build the new Wayne Township Landfill office building. The $4.7 million project is expected to be completed sometime in December.
The foundation is completed, the central timber frames are expected to be fully in place this week, and wall panels are being installed, Walker said.
Authority members noted the remarkable complexity of the bidding process for the job, with more than 30 separate bid packages covering various aspects, many of which were awarded to local construction firms.
The initiative is one amidst an array of projects the authority is undertaking, according to Landfill Manager Jay Alexander. He pointed to ongoing efforts to create a railroad spur, the expansion of the landfill to extend its life by 30 years, and the creation of a Compressed Natural Gas (CGN) filling station on the property.
With a couple of other projects, these investments in the future will add up to about $16.7 million before all is said and done.
Lining fields extends life by several decades
By JIM RUNKLE, The Express
McELHATTAN - The Clinton County Solid Waste Authority is moving forward on its landfill expansion project to create a cell liner and cap on the west end of the southside landfill.
The landfill is situated on both the north and south sides of Route 220. According to Landfill Manager Jay Alexander, the project, years in the making from permit application to actual construction, is designed to meet the immediate and future needs of the county when it comes to trash disposal.
In October 2010, the landfill received an expansion permit from the state Department of Environmental Protection to renew the closed section north of Route 220. Permission was granted to expand by 13.2 million cubic yards of disposal space, a move that will extend the life of the site by several decades.
The authority had submitted the expansion application in November 2007.
The work includes removing all waste in an older, unlined portion of the landfill. That waste will then be placed in lined portions of the site, DEP said.
McElhattan natural gas fill station to open soon
By JIM RUNKLE, The Express
McELHATTAN - The new compressed natural gas filling station is under construction in the McElhattan area, according to Wayne Township Landfill Manager Jay Alexander, who said the facility should open by Sept. 1, if all goes according to schedule.
If everything happens in good order, this will be the first public-access, natural gas filling station for vehicles in the county.
It's a move long anticipated by elected officials as they seek local benefits from the low cost of natural gas and the fact that it's a natural resource literally beneath the very feet of central Pennsylvanians.
As to potential customers, county officials are hoping that includes many local residents and businesses, but right now the Clinton County Solid Waste Authority will be its own first and best customer, according to Alexander.
There remains a strong interest, however, with "about 10 agencies that have expressed serious intentions" of transforming vehicles from gasoline to CNG in a conversion process
"It's difficult for them to actually commit to the process until there's a physical presence and station here," Alexander said.
The authority is promoting the use of natural gas utilization in this region and has committed a $1.8 million contract to O-Ring CNG Inc. of Punxsutawney to build a compressed natural gas filling station at the landfill along Route 220.
The concept has been on the table for just over a year, as landfill officials compared the costs of regular vehicle fuel like diesel, compared it to natural gas and determined the latter is much cheaper.
In the landfill's case, the operation has already converted two of its trucks to "dual fuel" systems," and three additional trucks have been ordered in connection with the landfill's hauling efforts.
In addition, the authority is working with Volvo Inc. on tentative plans for the conversion of the landfill's heavy equipment to CNG, a move that would save the enterprise a great deal by way of fuel costs, Alexander said.
Texas-based energy company Range Resources Corp is another potential customer, Alexander said. He noted that the company just recently unveiled a new company fleet of trucks that run on compressed natural gas.
Range Resources has about 184 CNG vehicles, of which about 100 are in southwestern Pennsylvania. The fleet is a mix of Ram 2500 and Chevrolet Silverado 2500 pick-ups, which were factory-engineered as CNG vehicles.
Alexander said the only thing holding those vehicles back from operations in Clinton and nearby counties, is the availability of CNG stations like the one being created in Wayne Township.
The facility will be both slow-fill and fast-fill, Alexander explained, with the fast fill open to the public and the slow fill system inside the fence, to be used for authority-owned vehicles."
Fast-fill stations are generally best suited for retail situations where light-duty vehicles, such as vans, pickups and sedans, arrive randomly and need to fill up quickly.
Low-fill stations are used primarily by fleets. This type of setup works best for vehicles with large tanks that refuel at a central location every night.
Alexander said he believes over time the authority will recoup in fuel savings the cost it expends in converting its vehicles to CNG.
In most cases, CNG costs 15 to 40 percent less than the regular gasoline.
Alexander said the system offers a relatively simple technology for private industries and municipalities to fuel their vehicles at a fraction of the cost of gasoline or diesel and get similar or better engine performance.
The idea is to use the fuel to supply the landfill's own fleet, and sell any excess to municipal or business fleets, while allowing public access to a natural gas filling station.
Authority Chairman James Maguire said he's already made an investment in CNG savings - He's ordered his privately owned, CNG vehicle, and will be using the McElhattan station as his fueling stop in the foreseeable future.
The surge in the available supply of natural gas - riding the wave of drillers exploring the Marcellus Shale deposits in the state - has made it an attractive option, especially for government and private industries with larger fleets.
The current drawbacks to vehicle conversion are the cost and the availability of local filling stations, but CNG is generally considered cleaner, safer and less expensive than many fossil fuels.
"Internally, our goal is to cut our fuel bill of 2012 in half within three years," Alexander said.
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Natural Gas Filling Station
The Clinton County Solid Waste Authority plans to build
the first public-access, natural gas filling station for
vehicles in the county.
Wayne Twp. Landfill-hosted golf tournament helps local charities
October 17, 2013
WAYNE TOWNSHIP - The Clinton County Salvation Army and 4-H organizations are this year's recipients of awards raised by the annual John B. Hoy Jr. Memorial Charity Golf Tournament.
Each year the Wayne Township Landfill holds the fund-raising tournament to benefit one or two Clinton County non-profit or charitable organizations.
To date, The golf tournament has donated more than $86,000 to local charities over the last 11 years.
Local 4-H coordinator and educator Kirsten Dubbs accepted the $7,017 check on behalf of that agency, and Salvation Army Major Marie Harris accepted the check on behalf of that organization.
"We've been in Clinton County for 127 years, so we're not a newbie," Maj. Harris said, thanking officials for their donation. She noted that the organization serves meals five days a week at noon, at no cost to the public, with more than 1,500 meals served since beginning that program.
Beyond its religious mission, she said, the Salvation Army offers a variety of youth programs with over 30 youngsters currently involved. There are also leadership programs, the More than Bread program, educational seminars and health clinics. she also mentioned the SA's emergency assistance program for local disaster victims.
"We offer a hand up, and a lot of our clients give back, with things like ringing the bell at Christmas time or just cleaning up ... There are a lot of accomplishments in individuals' lives ... There's something happening every day."
Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center facilitates partnership
Recycling plastic liners from Marcellus gas well sites drives promising new business venture
BERWICK, PA-The Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center, Inc. (RMC) has announced the formation of a new business partnership to collect and recycle plastic well pad liners from gas drilling sites in the Marcellus Shale region.
"This is a first-of-its-kind venture that will produce major and dramatic benefits for Pennsylvania in addition to new jobs and growth for the companies directly," RMC Executive Director Robert J. Bylone, Jr. said.
The benefits include reclaiming millions of pounds of marketable plastic, slowing the consumption of valuable landfill space, and reducing truck traffic around drill sites.
The partners in the venture are WellSpring Environmental Services, LLC, headquartered in Orwigsburg, and Ultra-Poly Corporation, based in Portland, Pa.
Both companies are members of the RMC's Center of Excellence, a network of recycled materials processors and end users of recycled materials.
"The new recycling venture with WellSpring and Ultra-Poly is expected to take at least 20 million pounds a year of plastic well pad liner material out of the waste stream and turn it into useful new products," Bylone said.
An estimated 100 million pounds of high-density plastic were used for well pad liners by drillers in the Marcellus Shale region in 2011. Currently most of that material is disposed of in landfills when it needs to be replaced or removed.
Ultra-Poly, one of the largest recyclers of polyethylene and polypropylene plastic in North America, has designed a proprietary process for processing the liner material and has built a recycling plant specifically for that purpose in a building leased from the Berwick Industrial Development Authority.
"We are supplying the recycled plastic to several existing customers, including Axion International, which turns the material into composite railroad ties and other composite building components," said David LaFiura, vice president of Ultra-Poly. "The market is potentially huge, we have developed an environmentally responsible method, we are the only company doing this, and we are in position to recycle as much of the liner material as we can get."
In tandem with that, WellSpring has developed special equipment for separating well pad liners on site so the pieces from one well site can be trucked away for recycling in a single trailer load.
In the past, excavators were used to rip well pad liners into large sections, and then it typically took eight to 10 trips with roll-off containers to take the sections from a single site to a landfill for disposal.
"There's not one well pad in Pennsylvania where this new approach doesn't make sense," said Jonas Kreitzer, president of WellSpring.
It's estimated that 20,000 pounds of liner material is used per drilling site. The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued 3,510 Marcellus Shale well permits in 2011 and another 1,243 through mid-May of this year.
"We can do liner removal more efficiently, at less cost, while cutting down truck traffic, protecting the environment, and generating commercially reusable material," Kreitzer said.
Bylone said, "We think this will have tremendous application and value for the shale gas industry in Pennsylvania, as well as elsewhere. That alone will have a beneficial impact on our economy. It also gives a very big boost to our recycling industry in Pennsylvania, which is growing by leaps and bounds. In addition, it will save landfill space and will cut down on truck traffic, which everyone applauds."
State Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary C. Alan Walker said that today's announcement "represents the succes that can be achieved when agencies, companies and markets work together in a way that benefits all Pennsylvanians. This venture is a win for everyone - 80 new jobs will be created and a cleaner environment will result from this creative reclamation and recycling initiative."
Vince Brisini, deputy secretary for waste, air, radiation and remediation in the state Department of Environmental Protection commented, "The development of the natural gas industry in Pennsylvania is progressing, and to their credit, the natural gas industry and the associated industries and services, are becoming more efficient in the management of resources. This is being accomplished through the expansion in research and development for beneficial re-use of wastewater and other materials that would otherwise simply become part of a waste stream. I am pleased to see another solution that has found a market which allows the recycling and re-use of these plastic well pad liners."
Jay Alexander, general manager of the Wayne Township Landfill in Clinton County, said, "Since the beginning of 2011, the Wayne Township Landfill has been very active in looking for sustainable recycling opportunities for the plastic liner material being removed from the natural gas well sites. In working with WellSpring Environmental Services, we have found a solution."
He said the recycling facility set up in Berwick by WellSpring's partner, the Ultra-Poly Corporation, "will create an excellent recycling opportunity for the natural gas industry to help keep this valuable commodity out of landfills."
Alexander added that "we are appreciative of the Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center, which investigated how to recycle this liner and facilitated bringing this project to reality."
Bylone said the recycling process used for well-site liners may also be applicable to the recycling of agricultural film plastic and that this could have further value across Pennsylvania.
DEP has already issued permits to the two companies for the process.
WellSpring and Ultra-Poly have invested roughly a combined $4 million in research and development up to this point.
LaFiura said the partnership will generate 80 or more new jobs for Ultra- Poly, provide added job security for another 180 existing company jobs, and add an estimated $1 million a year to state and local tax revenues. Kreitzer said WellSpring would be adding another dozen employees and expanding its truck fleet.
Both men credited the Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center for making the connection between the two companies and helping them shepherd the partnership into existence. They also said DEP had provided assistance with the permitting process.
Wayne Township Landfill and VOLVO- A Customer Success Story.
WTL Is Now Accepting Cereal Box Material
Cereal box material is also known as Paperboard, and is now being accepted at recycling drop off sites around thecounty. If the recycling drop-off site near you has a bin for office paper, junk mail, and magazines then you can recycle paperboard. Please DO NOT mix with the cardboard.
The following is a list of acceptable materials:
The following is a list of materials that are NOT acceptable:
Please feel free to contact us if you have questions regarding paperboard and its placement.
Volvo's Corporate Presence Solidifies Support for College Students
About 65 students in Pennsylvania College of Technology's heavy construction equipment and diesel technology majors were treated to a recent demonstration of Volvo pipe-laying equipment at the Wayne Township Landfill in McElhattan.
The event, the latest in Volvo's ongoing partnership with the college, was a collaboration among Henry J. Sorgen IV, of Highway Equipment & Supply Co.; landfill officials Jay B. Alexander and Max T. Persun; and Volvo Construction Equipment, North America, a steadfast instructional presence in the School of Natural Resources Management.
"This was a great opportunity for us to see some of the latest technology and advancements Volvo CE is using," said Chris S. Weaver, instructor of diesel equipment technology at the college's Schneebeli Earth Science Center. "It gave the instructors and students time to talk directly with Volvo representatives, like engineers and marketers, along with representatives from Patterson & Wilder Construction Co. and Highway Equipment (the local Volvo Construction Equipment dealer)."
Interested students were also afforded insight about the functional operation and benefit of Volvo equipment, he said, and were exposed to the technology used in the oil and gas industry, where some of them already work or will be employed upon graduation. "Volvo CE dedicated the entire day to our Heavy Equipment Operator and Heavy Equipment Technician classes, allowing them to operate a variety of machinery, such as a motor grader, excavator, pipe-layers, wheel loader and pipe-lifting equipment," Weaver said.
Penn College is a special mission affiliate of Penn State, committed to applied technology education. Lewis J. Long, segment director for Volvo CE, North America, welcomed the students, and Jack Bolton, the division's director of national accounts-utility, oil and gas, provided a brief overview of his employer's globally manufactured product line.
Both men said it was essential for the industry to cultivate relationships with Penn College and the diesel and heavy-equipment majors who will sustain the workforce for decades to come. "We need to reach out to these students as they are being trained to give them a holistic perspective in this business," Bolton explained. "It is not just about sales, not just service, but is about meeting the needs of our customers."
Bolstering that sentiment were Long, who noted, "These students are our future. We need solidly trained technicians and operators in this industry," and Sorgen, a member of the school's corporate advisory board, who said, "We recruit heavily out of the Penn College technician program. It is certainly in our best interest to support the education of these students."
At the landfill demonstration site, students observed three Volvo pipe-layers working together in a simulated situation, laying pipe as operators would in the natural gas industry. Two Volvo 3005Ds were used in the exercise, showcasing the machines' 360-degree rotation capability.
"Students had a phenomenal opportunity to experience the technology being developed by Volvo for the pipe-laying industry," instructor Ryan W. Peck said. "It was really interesting to see the new technology developed by Volvo," added Travis M. Cain, of Bloomsburg, enrolled in the heavy construction equipment technology: operator emphasis major. "I appreciated the opportunity to be a part of this day."
John Duff, site supervisor, split the students into groups and let them explore and operate Volvo machinery throughout the landfill.
The demonstration was followed by a tour of the facility, led by assistant operations supervisor Michael D. Engel, during which students learned about the importance of following state Department of Environmental Protection regulations, saw the waste-to-energy treatment plant and the maintenance and repair area, and witnessed a one-of-a kind Volvo 350 loader that was converted successfully to a compacter.
"To give our students an opportunity to experience up-to-date equipment that includes the latest technology is very much appreciated," said diesel equipment technology instructor Bill P. Kilcoyne Jr. "It is important for our students to see that the industry is constantly advancing."
Persun - a 1986 graduate of Penn College in service and operation of heavy construction equipment - said it is also important to show students the job possibilities in the solid-waste industry: "We wanted to expose the students to what we do here at the Wayne Township Landfill. We look for quality people and we want them to know we do more than push garbage here. This is a great place to start a career as an operator or a technician."
The demonstration was arranged following an unprecedented fact-finding visit to Penn College by high-level Volvo representatives earlier in the Spring 2012 semester. The group met with dealers and customers (as well as representatives of the college's Institutional Advancement Office and School of Natural Resources Management), toured a natural gas exploration site and had lunch at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant on the main campus in Williamsport.
That contingent included Olof Persson, president of Volvo Group World Wide; Göran Lindgren, president of Volvo CE, North America; and Salvatore L. Mauro, head of Volvo Financial Service, North America.
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Top 100 Ogranizations of 2011
With this 2011 edition, Pennsylvania Business Central is embarking on its third decade of recognizing 100 organizations. Whether it's record performance or award-winning efforts; these 100 companies managed to shine during gloomy economic times.
With more than 65,000 organizations in our 20-county region, paring the list down to just 100 is a challenge.
Each year we strive to craft a list that reflects the breadth and depth of excellence each of our 20 counties offers. That collection of talent is why so many excellent businesses choose to base their operations in central Pennsylvania. (PA Business Central, February 24, 2012)
The past year was one of great growth for Wayne Township Landfill.
WTL secured a 23-year permit, guaranteeing long-term disposal capacity for Clinton County and the surrounding region The landfill has begun the process of mining trash from an unlined landfill site and redeveloping that area into a lined disposal area. The project will help keep costs down for haulers and residents.
As a result of the project, WTL has almost doubled its workforce, providing well-paying jobs. It is also acquiring supplies and contractors from the region, thus helping the local economy.
WTL was active in the community, as well, hosting an annual charity golf tournament and awarding scholarships to local students.
Top 100 People of 2011
As PBC starts its third decade of existence, the Top 100 People represents a larger footprint, now 20 counties. We added three northern tier counties - Tioga, Bradford and Susquehanna - and one in a region rich with "wet" gas, Fayette.
The people who comprise our list bucked the economic trends and excelled in their chosen field It was hard not to include a high number of folks who are connected to the oil and gas industry in one way or another. In gathering nominees and compiling the list, we tried to arrive at a list of people who had the most impact in 2011. (PA Business Central, January 27, 2012)
As General Manager of the Wayne Township Landfill, Jay's forward thinking has enabled the landfill to move ahead of its competition and grow more than 125 percent in annual sales. This has allowed for the hiring of an additional 33 full-time positions, which provide family sustaining income and benefits. In addition, Jay also helped recruit numerous companies into the community.
Besides being busy as the General Manager of the landfill, he is a partner in other successful businesses such as Big Woods Properties, Big Woods Realty, PA Energy Vision and 23 South Main. A few of his business memberships include SWANA Keystone Chapter, Woodlands Bank, Manufacturer's and Business Assoc. and Clinton County Economic Partnership. Alexander is also actively involved in his community whether it be as a past-coach for Mill Creek Little League and Montoursville Junior Athletics or as a current member of the Masonic Lodge 232 and Jaffa Shrine.
Recently, Jim Runkle of The Express wrote a series of three articles regarding the Wayne Township Landfill "aimed at informing our (The Express) readers about the landfill's finances, its vision and plans for the future."
Please click the links below to view the articles.
Wayne Township Landfill and Jersey Shore Steel partners in a better environment.
"Our partnership with WTL actually improves the environment and produces a negative carbon footprint and the grenest steel available-unequaled in our industry." - Thomas Tillman, VP Sales, Jersey Shore Steel
For information on how this partnership is helping the environment, please click the links below.
Archives12th Annual John B. Hoy, Jr. Memorial Charity Golf Tournament
Jan 11,2011 - Wayne Township Landfill Sees Impact from Gas Industry
June 2009 - Durrwachter Alumni Conference Center is Green
Feb 2009 - A $1 Million Partnership
Jan 2008 - Team Effort
November 2008 - No increase in landfill rates for next year
October 2008 - Waste Watchers
September 2008 - Trash Busters ready for Road-E-O
September 2008 - Landfill makes huge in-kind donation to athletic complex
January 2008 - Waiting Game
January 2008 - Mounds to extend life of landfill
Hot times at Jersey Shore Steel - Keeping those T Rails Rollin'