Solid Waste Authority Mission
The Mission of the Solid Waste
Authority is to manage the disposition of materials, which are 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 Plan through which the Authority
accomplishes its Mission, represents a county-wide, integrated and
coordinated set of environmentally responsible and economical solid
waste management programs.
Programs developed and implemented by
the Authority in accordance with its plan, provide for:
Integrating solid waste
transportation, processing, recycling, resource recovery, and
Informing the public about
solid waste management issues.
Protecting the environment.
Shared Vision, Values, and Commitments
The SWA is comprised of a team of
dedicated individuals whose vision, values, and commitments help us meet
the daily challenges in managing the County's solid waste. Through
the professional efforts of the employees and the policy direction of
the Board, these shared values and commitments contribute to the
successful accomplishment of our mission.
Commitment to a Public Partnership
The SWA values the public's trust.
Decisions made by the SWA are often unpopular. It is our
responsibility to ensure that these decisions are made in consideration
of the entire County's welfare. The public's understanding of why
such decisions are made is important to us and we strive to be
responsive to the concerns of our residents and customers.
Commitment to Environmental Quality
We are committed to providing Palm Beach
County with safe disposal methods now and for future generations.
This is accomplished through state of the art facilities, high standards
of operation, and environmental management systems. We are
committed to pollution prevention, seeking continuous improvement in
environmental performance and meeting or exceeding all federal, state,
and local regulations.
Commitment to Staff Excellence
We are committed to maintaining and
developing a highly professional and technically exceptional staff to
provide creative and innovative solutions to the diverse waste
management issues facing Palm Beach County. The appropriate
balance of experience, varying perspectives, creativity, and willingness
to evaluate risks and assume responsibility is the key to our success.
Commitment to the Future
We are committed to provide systems and
programs that will serve Palm Beach County into the future.
Inherent in the future is uncertainty and risk. There are no easy
answers or formulas for success. We are diligent in our efforts to
keep abreast of new technologies and endeavor to make decisions that are
in the best interest of the public both today and in the future.
We all appreciate our county for a
variety of reasons; the beautiful climate, prosperity, economic growth,
and recreational opportunities. While the reasons may differ, one
fact remains the same: We all call this area our home and do not want to
see our quality of life degraded. If we are to be successful in
this endeavor we must understand and acknowledge that we are all part of
the problem. We must change our attitudes about thoughtlessly
discarding waste, while embracing resource conservation, and minimizing
the amount of waste we produce. Through positive action on the
part of the public, as well as the SWA, solid waste will be managed in a
manner that benefits all of Palm Beach County's residents.