The Northern Tier Solid Waste Authority (NTSWA) was created in 1973 as a municipal authority under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by the counties of Bradford, Tioga and Sullivan to handle their waste management needs. This was the first three-county solid waste authority ever established in Pennsylvania and still remains the only one today. The Authority consists of nine board members with three (3) members being from each county, appointed by the county commissioners on staggered 5 year terms. Municipal governments within the three-county area were under pressure by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to establish approved municipal waste management and disposal facilities. These municipalities, through joint meetings with the county commissioners, concluded that a regional approach to solve this mandate by the Commonwealth was the best option. The regional approach gave not only a broader search area for the siting of a waste management facility, but a greater population and volume of waste to support such a facility. Each county "seeded" the Authority with a $1.06 per capita in 1974 for costs to be incurred in establishing a regional system. The counties were adamant the NTSWA, once operating, would be self-sustaining and would be funded by a "user fee" basis. The Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission, under the direction of the counties and the new solid waste authority, prepared and submitted a grant application to the Appalachian Regional Commission for $750,000 to construct such a regional system.
From 1973 to October 1979, the Authority spent hundreds of thousands on engineering and other investigative work to locate a suitable site for a landfill. In late 1979 they located, purchased and began the permitting work to establish a landfill on land in Hamilton Township, Tioga County. This facility, the Tioga County Landfill, opened August 20, 1980, as a natural renovation landfill and the central office for the NTSWA. In 1982 the Authority located the current site of the Bradford County Landfill in West Burlington Township, Bradford County. This facility, which opened in July 1983, is a lined facility with leachate collection and treatment. The previous Tioga County Landfill is now a construction/demolition landfill and transfer station.
The NTSWA has grown over the years but has always adhered to the "funded by the user fee system" and accepts only waste from the three-county area which it represents. From an early start of just landfill disposal, the NTSWA now provides services in not only landfill disposal in state of the art facilities but in residential, commercial and industrial waste collection; recycling collection, processing, marketing; street sweeping; tire processing and disposal; wood grinding/mulch production; e-waste recycling; household hazardous waste collection; leachate treatment/septage treatment; waste oil/antifreeze recycling/reuse; electricity production/waste heat recovery; hydroponic greenhouse operations; and waste management educational programs.
The present day NTSWA Sanitary Landfill (aka Landfill #2) is located in West Burlington Township, Bradford County. This is a state of the art, double lined landfill for disposal of municipal and residual wastes.
In 2008, NTSWA purchased an existing Transfer Station in Delmar Township, Tioga County from Casella Waste Management Systems. This Transfer Station, known as The Tiadaghton Area Transfer Station (TATS) has helped to better serve the citizens of Wellsboro and surrounding areas.
Some of the most recent efforts of the Board of Directors have been the assurance of future waste coming to our facilities and programs such as NTSWA's Gas to Energy Project. This project involves utilizing landfill gas to operate Northern Tier Greens, a 14,400 square foot hydroponics greenhouse. NTSWA also utilizes the exhaust heat from the engine to supply heat to the Bradford County Manor and The Bradford County Correctional Facility.
Above all, NTSWA prides itself for the excellence of our integrated solid waste management system and the efforts of its employees and Board Members.