The Solid Waste Authority has implemented extensive environmental programs to protect valuable resources, such as water, air, soil and wildlife. Environmental Programs is responsible for environmental permitting and compliance monitoring for the Authority. Environmental Programs staff prepares and oversees applications for permits from environmental regulatory agencies for SWA facilities and verifies compliance with the issued permits. Environmental compliance is monitored through pollution prevention programs, facility inspections, groundwater and surface water quality testing, air emissions testing, and compliance reports.
Environmental Programs is also responsible for coordinating the Authority's planning activities, the permitting and compliance of solid waste management facilities, an interagency task force, illegal waste disposal enforcement through liaison with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Environmental Crimes Unit, disaster debris management, and other special programs that arise.
The Solid Waste Authority conducts extensive monitoring around the facilities. Monitoring is performed for permit regulation, as well as voluntarily to watch trends over time.
The SWA is dedicated to environmental quality and strives to achieve environmental excellence by maintaining compliance with governmental regulations and implementing innovative technologies.
The SWA’s waste-to-energy facility, active landfill gas management systems, landfill gas to energy projects, and recycling programs reduce greenhouse gas emissions believed to contribute to global climate change.
SWA set aside 300 acres of natural area during the development of the NCRRF Landfill and Waste-to-Energy Facility to serve as a conservation area.