2020 Tour Scholarships Announced: More than 1000 York County Students to Learn How Garbage is Managed

The York County Solid Waste Authority is pleased to announce that fourteen groups from twelve schools totaling approximately 1009 students will participate in the Authority’s Tour Scholarship Program in 2020. The Tour Scholarship awardees for 2020 are: Devers K-8 Elementary – Kelly Petry and Dr. Jan Protopapas, Grades 3-8; Dover Elementary – Diane Benner, Grade 1; Leib Elementary- Teresa Dull, Grade 4; North Salem Elementary- Nichole Neiman and Deb Wirth, Grade 2; Orendorf Elementary- Sue Smith, Grade 3; Paradise Elementary- Kathy Gross, Grade 3; Roundtown Elementary- Mark Fife, Grade 3; Shrewsbury Elementary- Cindy Procopio, Grade 4; Southern Elementary- Hayley Leach, Grade 4; Spring Grove Area High School- Celeste Barnes, Grades 10-12; St. Rose of Lima School- Shelby Yinger, Grades 3-6 and Wrightsville Elementary- Lesa Uffelman, Grade 2.

For more than 20 years, the Tour Scholarship Program has been offered by the Authority to local schools to pay the costs of buses and drivers needed for classes to take field trips to the York County Resource Recovery Center (RRC) and Education Center.  In return for the tour scholarship, participants complete an activity or project on an aspect of solid waste management such as recycling or litter prevention.

The RRC is a technologically advanced and environmentally safe waste-to-energy facility where York County’s household trash is used as “fuel” to produce electricity. Tour participants get a first-hand glimpse into this process beginning with a presentation followed by a walking tour of key areas of the facility.

The Authority facilitates responsible solid waste management through an integrated strategy that emphasizes waste reduction, education, recycling and resource recovery.  The Authority is the owner of the York County Resource Recovery Center in Manchester Township; and owns and operates a Small Load Drop-off Facility, a Recyclable Materials Drop-off Center and an Education Center.