Regional Planning Commission Refuse Practice
In 1957, the Regional Planning Commission conducted a study of refuse practices in Lebanon County. They found 8 refuse disposal sites. An evaluation of the existing sites was performed, including a hydrological study. The results of the study showed that 7 of the 8 sites were unacceptable disposal sites because of technical conditions, unsightly or unsanitary operations. All of the sites, except for this one, were closed.
Early Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority
In 1959, a group of political subdivisions joined forces and formed the Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority (GLRA), which is responsible for managing Lebanon County's waste. The Board of Authority is comprised of one appointed representative from each of the 25 municipalities in Lebanon County. The GLRA is the only legal disposal facility in the County. This came about when individual municipalities adopted ordinances to regulate waste disposal practices because of problems associated with roadside dumping.
When the landfill first opened in 1959, it was open 6 days a week, 10 hours a day (Monday through Saturday) and received a 100 cubic yards of waste per day at $0.35 per cubic yard. Today, the landfill is open 6 days a week, 9 hours a day (Monday through Friday), 4 hours on (Saturday), and receives approximately 420 tons of waste per day at $72.00 per ton.