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Lancaster County waste authority CEO to retire

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Jim Warner, CEO of Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority, is retiring at the end of the year after nearly 25 years in the role.

The announcement doesn’t come as a surprise. In fact, his retirement has been planned for some time, and a search committee already is working to find his successor. News of a replacement is expected to come in the next three to six months, according to a spokeswoman.

Under Warner’s leadership, the authority has invested in clean sources of energy.

Most notably in 2009, it installed a $9.5 million wind project at the Frey Farm Landfill in Manor Township. The project provides renewable energy to the neighboring manufacturing plant, Turkey Hill Dairy.

Additionally in 2012, the authority installed a $4.3 million solar energy project as its main transfer station complex, offsetting 80 percent of the site’s annual electric usage. And in 2015, the authority converted its transfer fleet from diesel to compressed natural gas.

In 2013 the authority also took over the long-troubled Harrisburg incinerator, paying $129.9 million for a facility whose financial problems drove Pennsylvania's capital city to the brink of bankruptcy

Warner, 60, is pleased with his time as CEO.

"I’m proud of the great work we accomplished at LCSWMA over these few last decades. And I now look forward to the next great adventure," Warner said in a statement.

Based in Manheim Township, the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority operates with an $85 million budget and manages nearly one million tons of waste annually.

Its nationally recognized system serves 810,000 residents in Lancaster and Dauphin counties. In total, the system includes three facilities in Lancaster County comprised of a transfer station in Lancaster, a mass burn waste-to-energy facility in Conoy Township and a landfill in Conestoga.

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Shelby White

Shelby White covers banking and finance, law and Lancaster County for the Central Penn Business Journal. For tips, email her at swhite@cpbj.com.

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