Many of the environmental legislative initiatives of the 1970s had a significant impact on the configuration and financial condition of the DSWM. These include the following state statutes:
In addition to collection and disposal, today's DSWM provides code enforcement, illegal dumping prevention and clean-up, a variety of recycling programs, household hazardous waste collection, and other services to the community.
This pending crisis threatened the DSWM's ability to meet its financial obligations and, if left unchecked, could have adversely affected the financial stability of the county as a whole.
The plan also addressed collection operation efficiencies in order to be more competitive in that area of the DSWM's operations, and to retain service to those parts of the county considering incorporation.
* By the end of Fiscal Year 1994-1995, the DSWM was "right-sized" as operations were scaled back in accordance with its reduced role as a disposal service provider; the department eliminated more than 300 positions resulting in approximately $22 million of annualized savings.
In this way, the DSWM can continue to fund needed projects regardless of the current level of waste volumes processed.