History of SWA

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First, let's get into a little history... The Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County is a governmental agency that was formed by the Florida Legislature in 1975 to address the many open dump sites throughout the county. We are a dependent special district, and get most of our budget from an ad valorem assessment on your tax bill. The mission of the S-W-A 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.

To do this, the S-W-A has built an award-winning integrated system of facilities to effectively manage the county's waste. The S-W-A's system includes seven home chemical and recycling centers, that safely recycles or disposes of more than 4.2 million pounds of home chemicals; six transfer stations, that handle 75 percent of the county's waste; two waste-to-energy facilities, that incinerate 1.8 million tons of post recycled municipal solid waste per year to create electricity; a recovered materials processing facility, that processes more than 90,000 tons of blue and yellow bin recyclables each year; a biosolids processing facility, that turns about 150,000 tons of poop from the rich and famous into an environmentally friendly fertilizer amendment; and a landfill, which is our last resort for waste disposal.