About Us

The Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County (SWA) is the governmental agency responsible for providing an economical and environmentally conscious Integrated Solid Waste Management System for Palm Beach County, Florida. With approximately 400 employees, the SWA provides solid waste disposal and recycling services and programs to the county's 1.4 million residents and businesses. The SWA also provides solid waste and recycling collection services to the residents and businesses in unincorporated Palm Beach County through private haulers under exclusive franchise agreements.

The mission of the SWA is to manage the materials discarded by the residents and businesses of Palm Beach County in a manner consistent with its legislative mandate, applicable local, state and federal ordinances, regulations and laws.

The System  
The SWA has built an award-winning integrated system of facilities that combines recycling, renewable energy and landfilling to effectively manage the county's waste. The SWA's system includes two waste-to-energy facilities, landfills, a materials recycling facility, a biosolids processing facility, seven household hazardous waste collection facilities and a network of six transfer stations.
Contact Information
Registered Agent
Mark Hammond
Executive Director

Solid Waste Authority
of Palm Beach County

7501 N. Jog Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33412

Public Documents
Service Area


The programs developed and implemented by the SWA are designed to integrate solid waste transportation, processing, recycling, resource recovery and disposal technologies, protect the environment, achieve the state's 75 percent recycling and waste reduction goal and inform the public about solid waste management issues.

Form of Government
The SWA was established in 1975 by the Florida State Legislature under the Palm Beach County Solid Waste Act, Chapter 2001-331. The Solid Waste Authority is a Dependent Special District governed by the seven elected County Commissioners of Palm Beach County, Florida. The governing board members are elected for terms as determined in the Solid Waste Act.

SWA Governing Board Members
Chair  Vice Mayor Hal R. Valeche (District 1)
Vice Chair  Commissioner Melissa McKinlay (District 6)
Secretary  Commissioner Steven L. Abrams (District 4)
Member  Commissioner Paulette Burdick (District 2)
Member  Commissioner Shelley Vana (District 3)
Member  Mayor Mary Lou Berger (District 5)
Member  Commissioner Priscilla A. Taylor (District 7)

Financial Information
The SWA fiscal year period is from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30.

The SWA's system is funded primarily through a system of user fees. The primary funding mechanism is the non-ad valorem special assessment that is included on the annual property tax bill of all Palm Beach County property owners. Additional revenue sources include tipping fees, electric sales, recycling revenue and interest income.

Links to Financial Documents
Budget and Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports

SWA Annual Financial Report submitted to the Department of Financial Services