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Solid Waste Management (SWM) Planning

Beyond Waste Cover

On December 27 of 2010, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) adopted the latest version of the State Solid Waste Management Plan entitled "Sustainable Materials Management Strategy for New York State - Beyond Waste". This Plan sets forth sustainable and comprehensive strategies through 2020 with resulting goals, and targets at the State and local level through 2030.

The long term goal of New York State is to reduce waste disposal to 0.6 pounds per person per day by 2030, by maximizing waste reduction, recycling and resource recovery and significantly reducing the amount of waste destined for management in a municipal waste combustor or for disposal at landfills.

The Plan sets forth a strategy that emphasizes the importance of shared responsibility between the community, stakeholders, and both local and State government focused on developing an environmentally, economically, and socially sound management structure for all waste generators in the State.

Involvement of the Local Government


Planning units are recognized organizational-structures that are responsible for developing and implementing a successful Local Solid Waste Management Plan (LSWMP) for the communities of the State. The planning units are critical contributors to achieving the State's goals.

Planning units are any of the following:

• A county
• Two or more counties acting jointly
• A local government agency or authority established for the purpose of managing solid waste
• Two or more cities, towns, or villages or any combination of them, or
• A combination of any of the above
that the DEC determines is capable of implementing a regional integrated solid waste management program for those cities towns or villages.

Planning units must be capable of developing and implementing a successful LSWMP. Currently there are 69 recognized planning units, while 14 municipalities have not yet defined an organizational structure for solid waste management planning.

For more information about planning units, refer to 360-15.2(d).



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