The Plan is updated every five years with a planning period of fifteen years, currently January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2025. This Plan Update describes SWACO’s progress in achieving Ohio’s recycling mandates and details where the remaining waste will be disposed during the 15-year period. Population projections are estimated to increase 9% over the period which would result in an approximate population of 1,305,000 residents by 2025.
The 2025 Residential/Commercial waste generation is estimated at approximately 1,644,000 tons, an increase of 18% over the planning period. In the Industrial sector, projections include a decrease due to employment reductions from 2009-2016 and a slight increase of perhaps 2% per year after that resulting in 156,980 tons by 2025.
SWACO projects a need of approximately 1,306,000 tons of landfill capacity by 2025, and is confident the need can be met under current conditions. The District will provide access to recycling and waste minimization opportunities to its residents and businesses through its programs, and will therefore meet the OEPA Access Goal. SWACO projects the total waste reduction rate to be 32.3% in 2011 with a downward trend to 29.1% by the end of 2025.
SWACO receives revenue from a $5.00 per ton generation fee which provides funding for plan implementation of programs and activities. The Plan Update as written does not anticipate an increase in the Generation Fee during the planning period although SWACO may consider that option and other funding options if the Board determines that funding of the Plan activities is inadequate.
SWACO is constantly evolving as an entity, on the forefront of the latest in environmentally responsible and sustainable disposal practices and in being a leader in promoting “green” practices and lifestyles. SWACO’s numerous programs demonstrate a dedication to responsibly managing the waste stream, meeting the environmental needs and goals of the community, and utilizing the most current and best practices and technologies in order to fulfill its mission and to achieve the State’s goals.