The Middlesex County Division of Solid Waste Management has been designated by the Board of Chosen Freeholders to supervise the implementation of the County's Solid Waste Management Plan. The Plan includes: a countywide inventory of the sources, composition, and quantity of solid waste and recyclables generated; projections of the amount and composition of solid waste and recyclables; an inventory of all solid waste and recycling facilities; and an analysis of solid waste and recycling collection systems and programs.
The Division routinely reviews the County's solid waste and recycling strategies. In conjunction with the Freeholder appointed Solid Waste Advisory Council (SWAC) and public and private sector input, the division prepares amendments to the County's Solid Waste Management Plan for consideration of approval by the Board of Chosen Freeholders.
This requires that the Division gathers, reviews, collates and disseminates data and information on the disposition of all Middlesex County generated solid waste and recyclables. The objective is to ensure that the County has prudent, consistent and environmentally sound long and short-term solid waste and recycling strategies in place for the residents and businesses in Middlesex County.
Persons interested in siting a solid waste and/or recycling facility in Middlesex County are required to submit an application for consideration of solid waste plan inclusion. The Division of Solid Waste Management, which provides the application, is responsible for reviewing and processing, in conjunction with SWAC, all such applications. Once SWAC and the Division recommend an application for plan inclusion, the application is submitted to the Board of Chosen Freeholders for their approval. Finally, all amendments to the Solid Waste Management Plan require approval by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
Another important function of the Division is to provide continuously updated resources and educational information to the general public on all aspects of Middlesex County's solid waste and recycling initiatives.
Public inquiries pertaining to solid waste and recycling issues may be directed to the Division of Solid Waste Management at 732-745-4170.
SOLID WASTE ADVISORY COUNCIL (SWAC)
The New Jersey Solid Waste Management Act @ N.J.S.A. 13:1E-20 requires that each Board of Chosen Freeholders constitute an advisory solid waste council. The council shall include municipal mayors or their designees, persons engaged in collection or disposal of solid waste and environmentalists. The Freeholders shall consult with the relevant advisory solid waste council in the development and formulation of the district solid waste management plan.
On February 16, 1978 the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders adopted a resolution, which created the Middlesex County Solid Waste Advisory Council. The duties of the SWAC are to:
1. Advise the Board on all matters related to the further development and implementation of the County Solid Waste Management Plan and Programs.
2. Advise and assist the Director of the Division of Solid Waste Management Programs in the preparation, evaluation, modification and development of the County Solid Waste Management Plan and Programs.
3. Promote communication, coordination and cooperation between and among municipal solid waste management agencies, the private solid waste management industry, solid waste related agencies of the State and Federal governments, the County Division of Solid Waste Management Programs, and the general public in the further development and conduct of the County Solid Waste Management Program.
4. Carry out such other duties and functions pertaining to the County Solid Waste Management Program as may be requested from time to time by the Board.
The original Freeholder resolution was amended via a subsequent resolution adopted by the Board on August 15, 1985. This latter resolution increased the number of members and composition of SWAC.
Currently, SWAC consists of not more than fifty (50) members appointed by the Board of Chosen Freeholders, comprised of all 25 mayors of the municipalities within the County of Middlesex, or their designees, at least three (3) persons engaged in solid waste collection or disposal and at least three (3) persons engaged in environmental activities; seven (7) ex-official members including the County Health Officer, the County Engineer, the County Planning Director, the Traffic Safety Coordinator, and representatives of the State Board of Public Utilities Commissioners, the State Department of Environmental Protection, and a designee of the Middlesex County Utilities Authority. Mayors' terms coincide with the term of their office; all other members' terms are for a period of one year. (Freeholder Resolution 95-2021 adopted August 17, 1995 changed all other member terms from two (2) years to one (1) year).
SWAC currently meets on the second Tuesday of most months. Meetings are held at the Middlesex County Fire Training Academy, Sayreville and commence at 1:30 p.m.