Seneca Landfill News & Industry Updates

ACT Feature: "A Unique Approach to Renewable Fuel Market Development"


In a recent ACT News executive interview, Ed Vogel of Vogel Holding and Seneca Landfill discusses his unique approach to renewable fuel market development, highlighting how Vogel became the first company in Pennsylvania to refine landfill gas into RNG for vehicle fuel. "Ed Vogel Sr. started the company’s first municipal waste landfill in 1965, the Seneca Landfill in Butler County. More than a...Read More

Be Septic Smart


Seneca Landfill is dedicated to improving our communities and protecting our environment. We have experts on staff to ensure that we're keeping the water and air around us clean, pure and healthy.Part of our mission is to raise awareness about how you can play a part, too. Household pollution is one of the leading contributors of environmental problems, including groundwater contamination. Along...Read More

Seneca Attends WASTECON 2018


In August, members of Seneca Landfill and Vogel Holding, Inc. attended WASTECON® 2018, SWANA's annual conference focused on the most pressing issues related to the waste management industry. Conference topics ranged from rural waste collection issues to innovation trends. Attendees met thousands of industry colleagues, all working towards shaping the future of the solid waste industry for the...Read More

TC Recycling's State of the Art Equipment


Ever wonder what you shouldn't recycle? Or why you can now put all of your recyclables into one container? TC Recycling's video answers these questions (and more) in their new video! In 2017, our sister company TC Recycling invested several million dollars into state-of-the-art sorting and processing equipment. This new equipment is able to process 600 tons of recyclable materials per week,...Read More

Latest News: Erosion Control


One of Seneca’s main priorities is protecting the environment. Stormwater is one area of the environment we protect and erosion control plays a big part in protecting surrounding waterways. Seneca Landfill is designed and constructed according to permitted Erosion and Control Design Plans consisting of stormwater benches, down chutes, perimeter ditches, and sedimentation ponds. This...Read More

Be Stormwater Smart


Stormwater runoff pollution is a widespread challenge for communities across Pennsylvania. Over the past 100 years, roads, parking lots, sidewalks, and roofs have become a major part of our communities. As a result, rain that should naturally soak into the ground instead goes into storm drains and, from there, directly into rivers and streams. This stormwater carries significant pollution,...Read More

Latest News: Tree Planting


Recent tree plantings are just one way that Seneca is fulfilling its mission of protecting the environment and giving back to the community. Trees provide many environmental benefits including:Clean Air – Trees naturally remove pollution from the atmosphere. Trees sequester carbon from the air and help combat climate change;Wildlife Habitat – Many wildlife rely on trees for food, cover, or...Read More

Shenango School District Students Tour Seneca


On Thursday May 17, a group of interested and motivated local high school students toured the Seneca Landfill and TC Recycling facilities. The students from the Shenango School District in New Castle were juniors and seniors, and members of the Shenango’s Conservation Club at school. The visit was part of the community outreach program coordinated by the combined Lawrence-Mercer Counties...Read More

Seneca Wins SWANA 2018 Excellence Award


The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) announced that Seneca Landfill, Inc., has been named the winner of the SWANA Silver Excellence Award in the Landfill Gas and Biogas category. The award will be presented at SWANA’s annual conference, WASTECON®, on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee.Seneca Landfill is receiving the award for its CNG...Read More

Seneca Opens CNG Facility Fueled by Landfill Gas


Seneca Landfill, Inc. recently opened a fast-fill compressed natural gas (CNG) facility, under the name of Lego-V. Seneca operates a gas collection system in our landfill to capture the methane gas that is generated when waste breaks down. The gas is siphoned out of the landfill cells using a series of wells and pipes, taking it to our onsite processing system. After multiple stages of...Read More

Jackson Township Cleanup June 2018


Dates for the annual Clean Up days for Jackson Township have been announced.Jackson Township residents have received a coupon in their Spring 2018 Township Newsletter. Please bring your coupon, along with up to one truckload of unwanted items, to Seneca Landfill. For more information, visit June 18-22 from 8am -2pmSaturday June 23 from...Read More

Lancaster Township Clean Up June 2018


Dates for the annual Clean Up days Lancaster Township have been announced.Seneca Landfill has again agreed to partner with Lancaster Township to host its residents the week of June 4, 2018 to dispose of unwanted items. Residents have received a newsletter with a coupon for this event. Bring your coupon, along with up to one truckload of unwanted items, to Seneca Landfill. Monday - Friday June 4 -...Read More

Reminder: Reuse Fest 2018 is April 21


Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018Time: 10 AM - 2 PMLocation: Children's Hospital Employee Parking Lot (55th and Harrison Streets, Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh)Details: Donate your gently-used materials to be reused by local non-profits such as Humane Animal Rescue, Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse, Free Ride Pittsburgh, Off the Floor Pgh, Free Store Wilkinsburg, Goodwill of Southwestern PA, Global...Read More

2018 Schedule Of Drug Take-Back, Hard-To-Recycle, Household Chemical, Reuse Fest


The PA Resources Council has released its 2018 schedule of events for Drug Take-Back, Hard-To-Recycle Collections, Household Chemical Collections, and Reuse Fest. Reuse FestDate: Saturday, April 21, 2018Time: 10 AM - 2 PMLocation: Children's Hospital Employee Parking Lot (55th and Harrison Streets, Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh)Details: Donate your gently-used materials to be reused by local...Read More

Household Hazardous Waste, E-Waste Collection Events: March 18, April 22


Residents of Butler County - looking for a safe, legal way to get rid of household hazardous waste or electronics? Butler County will hold Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic Waste Collection events on March 18 and April 22 (Earth Day) at 129 Ash Stop Road in Evans City, Butler County. Drop-off times are made only by appointment, by calling ECSR at 1-866-815-0016. You must call to schedule...Read More

Renewable Energy at Seneca Landfill


What happens to your garbage after it leaves your house? You may think that when your trash goes into the landfill, that's the end of the story. But at Seneca Landfill, that's just the beginning! At Seneca Landfill, part of the Vogel Holding family of businesses, we have taken on the task of turning landfill gas into renewable energy. Natural gas can be used for fueling CNG...Read More

Latest News #3: 2017 Gas Wells & Temporary Cap


One of Seneca’s main goals is to ensure we provide renewable energy back to our community from the waste we collect each and every day to reduce the need on the Earth’s natural resources. Seneca accomplishes this by collecting landfill gas (biogas) that is generated as waste decomposes and processing it through our high BTU gas plant to produce renewable energy consisting of 98%...Read More

Seneca Landfill, Inc. Announces Operator of the Year for 2017


Seneca Landfill, Inc. is pleased to announce the recipient of their 2017 Operator of the Year Award, Robert Cupec. Bob is a bulldozer operator and has been with the company for over 24 years. Bob has demonstrated excellence in safety, work ethic, customer service, and is always a team player. His motto is, “always make it better for the next guy.” We are lucky to have him on our...Read More

Latest News #2 – Wheel Wash Upgrades


Our top priority at Seneca Landfill is Safety and Compliance. Unlike a construction site, landfills continue to operate in all kinds of weather including rain, freezing temperatures, and even snow to assure we service our customers and keep the streets of your communities cleaned up. With that being said, when it rains we need to assure we keep the mud from the landfill off our trucks and...Read More

Happy Holidays from the Vogel Family


As the holiday season is upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and those who have helped to shape our businesses over the past 60 years. When we here at Seneca Landfill think of all the benefits of being in our business, we quickly think of our relationships with great customers like you. Thank you for giving us the chance to serve you. The end of the year brings no greater joy...Read More

First Annual Food Drive Concludes


This holiday season, the Vogel Holding companies completed our first company-wide food drive. We placed 95-gallon containers at each business to collect our employees' donations of non-perishable foods and household goods. The response was even warmer than we could have expected. Employees at each company were thrilled to donate, knowing that their contributions would be used to help...Read More

Seneca Employees Throw Food In Garbage Cans - For a Great Cause


For the past month, Seneca Landfill employees have been throwing away food... for a great cause! Starting November 27th, clean bins were placed at each Vogel Holding company to collect new, unopened food and household essentials. On December 18th, foods and goods will be picked up by 412 Food Rescue/724 Food Rescue and the Grove City Community Food Pantry. The collected items will be...Read More

Blasting Notice


As part of our daily operations, Seneca Landfill must apply a uniform cover of approved daily cover material over exposed solid waste at the end of each working day. There are many types of daily cover materials, but typically we use soil from our "borrow area." In addition to cover, we also use soil and rock from the borrow area to build and maintain our internal roadways. The soil...Read More

Latest News #1 – Cell 13 Advanced Liner System


The winter and summer of 2017 were busy as usual for Seneca Landfill as development of our advanced liner systems continued with the construction of Cell 13A. Cell 13A is approximately 5.5 acres and took approximately 9 months to construct. Seneca Landfill employs over 35 employees and equipment operators who perform the earthwork and prepare the soils for the installation of the advanced liner...Read More

TC Recycling Gets Multi-Million Dollar Upgrade


We're proud to share that our parent company, Vogel Holding, has recently invested in state-of-the-art sorting and processing equipment for our sister company, TC Recycling. The recycling line has been completely overhauled with a new system able to process 600 tons of recyclables per week - four times more than before! This massive investment is helping divert more recyclable materials...Read More

November 15 is America Recycles Day


Seneca Landfill feels strongly that recycling is critical to the environment and economy of America, so in honor of America Recycles Day (November 15, 2017) we want to answer some frequently asked questions about recycling. Does recycling really make a difference? Yes, recycling absolutely makes a difference. We cannot overstate that. Recycling has important environmental, economic and...Read More

October 28: National Prescription Drug Take Back Event


The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, to be held on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. This is a great...Read More

Could Food Waste Power Your Community?


If you're like most Americans, there's something in your refrigerator that's past its prime. Maybe it's leftovers from last week's dinner. Maybe it's produce that you didn't have time to cook. Or perhaps it's a jar of salsa that you don't even remember buying. When you do get a chance to toss it out, you may think that's the end of the road. But if your...Read More

Seneca Hosts "Clean and Efficient Energy Ecosystems Development" Tour


On August 30, 2017, Seneca Landfill (Seneca) hosted a tour for six energy experts from Morocco to discuss and review two operating renewable energy projects using Municipal Solid Waste at the Seneca Landfill. The projects include the High BTU Methane Recovery Plant and the Combined Heat and Power (CHP) 335 KW Engine. Both projects process and use landfill gas to generate renewable energy in the...Read More

Volunteers Needed for Connoquenessing Creek Cleanup


On Saturday, September 9, 2017, the Allegheny Aquatic Alliance will host a cleanup of the Connoquenessing Creek. Once again, Vogel Disposal and Seneca Landfill will be donating our services to make sure that the trash collected during the cleanup is properly disposed. The Vogel Holding family of businesses is proud to partner with this organization and support this important cause. To date,...Read More

Seneca Landfill: Dedicated to Sustainability


As part of the Vogel Holding family of businesses, Seneca Landfill is part of a mission which involves holding ourselves accountable for the proper, safe and responsible handling of residential and commercial waste materials. Along with the other Vogel Holding companies, Seneca Landfill's dedicated team works to ensure your trash and recycling are handled and processed in a way that is both...Read More

Seneca Landfill Powers Our Community


Since 2011, Seneca Landfill has converted landfill gases into enough green energy to heat over 18,000 homes per year in Western Pennsylvania. But how does a landfill become a renewable energy resource? When organic matter ends up in a landfill, it breaks down over time. As it breaks down, it generates gases, including methane. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas capable of contributing to...Read More

How to Dispose of Old Tires in PA


Waste tires and stockpiled tires can create many health, environmental and safety issues, so it is important to know how to properly manage them. In Pennsylvania, it is illegal to knowingly dispose of whole waste tires in a landfill or to mix whole tires with solid waste destined for disposal at a landfill. For this reason, please DO NOT throw tires in with your municipal curbside trash...Read More

2017 Jackson Township Clean-Up Days


The 2017 Jackson Township Clean-Up Days will take place July 17 through July 21 from 8 am to 2 pm, and Saturday July 22 from 8 am to 1 pm. Jackson Township residents may bring one truckload of household trash to drop off at Seneca Landfill, 421 Hartmann Road, Evans City PA 16033. This cleanup is open to Jackson Township residents only and is limited to one truckload per household. ID may be...Read More

What To Do With Plastic Bags (and why you shouldn't throw them away)


For decades, plastic bags made from high-density polyethylene (#2 plastic) or low-density polyethylene (#4 plastic) have been the standard for helping shoppers get their haul home. While plastic bags are cheap to manufacture and sturdy enough to help you get your groceries home, they have become the bane of the waste industry and the environment. Plastic bags have become such a problem that they...Read More

What does it mean to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle?


You probably learned the 3 Rs of responsible waste management in school. These are the three essential components of environmentally-responsible consumer behavior - reduce, reuse and recycle. The goal of the 3 Rs is to educate people on how to prevent excessive and unnecessary waste, and to limit the consumption of non-renewable resources. If you have a young child at home, or just need a...Read More

2017 Lancaster Township Community Cleanup


Residents of Lancaster County can participate in the 2017 Lancaster Township Community Cleanup. Cleanup dates are June 5-June 10, 2017. Please review the information on this flyer for details about participation. This form has been mailed to residents by Lancaster Township. If you are a resident but did not receive this form, please contact Lancaster Township. Read More

Allegheny County Hard-To-Recycle Event on May 13


The PA Resources Council will host its first Hard To Recycle collection event of 2017. It will be held May 13 from 9:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m. at the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills, Frazer Township. Other upcoming collection event dates: June 24: Quaker Valley High School, Leetsdale, Allegheny County July 29: La Roche College, McCandless, Allegheny County August 12: Century III...Read More

American Institute of Chemical Engineers Tours Seneca Landfill


On April 26, 2017, Seneca Landfill had the privilege of hosting a tour for the Pittsburgh Local Section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. The group of 18 Chemical Engineers learned about general landfill operations including liner systems, final cover systems, environmental protection and monitoring systems, gas collection and control systems, leachate collection, and storm water...Read More

Tri-County Industries, Inc. Honors Shelly Mathieson's Service


Tri-County Industries, Inc., a division of Vogel Holding, Inc., honors Shelly Mathieson for her 34 years of outstanding service. Since her start in 1983 in the Billing department, Shelly has been willing to learn and perform each office position, from Accounts Payable and Receivable to Human Resources to Dispatch. A true "Jill of all trades," Shelly is capable of handling everything...Read More

DEA’s 2017 National Prescription Drug Take Back Day


The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has announced another National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, to be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day provides a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal for prescription drugs, while also educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications. This is a great...Read More

About Our Landfill Liner Systems


Have you ever been curious about how a landfill works? If you've never read about the technologies used at a landfill, you probably assume that a landfill is just a big hole in the ground that gets filled with trash. Actually, that would describe a dump, which are no longer legal under DEP standards. Modern sanitary landfills like Seneca Landfill are highly technical sites with strict...Read More

2017 Great American Cleanup of PA Announced


Seneca Landfill will again be participating in the Great American Cleanup of PA. This initiative, sponsored by Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, has engaged communities across the state in month-long cleanup and beautification initiatives for the past ten years. For this year's Pick It Up PA Days -- which extend from April 18th through May 8th -- Seneca Landfill will be offering free or reduced...Read More

Spring Cleaning and Decluttering Tips


Open the windows! Start the garden! Break out the short-sleeved shirts! Warm weather has finally returned to Western Pennsylvania. As you put away the wool sweaters, you're probably starting to feel a deep-seated itch to do a little spring cleaning. A thorough spring cleaning consists of two parts: cleaning up standard dirt and dust, and getting rid of any unnecessary items you've...Read More

Collection Dates for Household Chemical, Drug, Hard-To-Recycle Materials in Western PA


The PA Resources Council has provided 2017 dates for the collection/drop-off of a variety of hard-to-dispose-of materials. You can view all of the dates on the PRC website. Events are scheduled for a variety of hard-to-dispose-of materials, including: automotive fluids, household cleaners, pesticides, paints and other household chemicals e-waste such as computer towers and peripheral...Read More

How to Organize a Community Cleanup


Winter Storm Stella may have made it hard to think about spring and outdoor activities, but in the next few weeks, communities all over Pennsylvania will come together to beautify their neighborhoods. From May 1 through March 31, volunteers participate in a statewide event known as the Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania. The main focus of this initiative is to clean up litter and debris...Read More

Household Hazardous Waste Management


Here's a fact for trivia night: each person in the state of Pennsylvania produces an average of 4 pounds of Household Hazardous Waste per year. And if every person in PA generates 4 pounds per year, that's a total of 25,000 tons per year statewide! Household Hazardous Waste consists of items and materials that can pose environmental and public health concerns if not managed properly....Read More

About How2Compost Labeling


When you need to throw something away, you probably consider whether it is garbage or recyclable material. But do you ever consider composting? Compost is created when organic matter is decomposed and recycled as a fertilizer or soil additive. Food and garden waste are commonly materials that can be composted. But more and more food packaging, plates, cups and even silverware are being...Read More

Comedian Shows Recycling is No Joke


A recent study suggests that younger generations are less likely to believe that recycling can benefit the planet. To combat Millennial skepticism, pro-recycling organization Plastics Make it Possible worked with comedian Rudy Mancuso to create an informational video. The clip shows Rudy interviewing New Yorkers about their knowledge of what should be kept out of landfills. Most New Yorkers...Read More

Butler County "Hard to Recycle" Guide


Seneca Landfill encourages responsible, sustainable disposal practices. As part of the Vogel Holding, Inc. family of businesses, our sister companies Vogel Disposal Service, Inc. (Mars),Tri-County Industries, Inc.(Grove City) and Valley Waste Service, Inc. (Beaver Falls) provide curbside recycling services. If you find yourself with excess recyclable materials, you can drop off your recyclable...Read More

2016 Christmas Tree Recycling in Butler County


On behalf of Butler County, Seneca Landfill will be accepting Christmas trees for recycling. The cost is $5 per tree, and the program will run through January 31, 2017. Please note that this program is only for real, natural trees, not synthetic or artificial trees. Christmas trees can be dropped off at 421 Hartmann Rd, Evans City, PA. Ask for assistance at the scale house when you enter the...Read More

Holiday Trash and Recycling Tips


There’s no secret that the holiday season means so many extra garbage bags of crinkled wrapping paper and holiday party leftovers. From Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, household waste increases by more than 25 percent. Your trash collection company will whisk it away, or you can bring it to Seneca Landfill during our business hours. But we do have some tips to help you and your...Read More

Vogel Family of Businesses Celebrates America Recycles Day


America Recycles Day happens every year around the 15th of November. This national initiative, sponsored by Keep America Beautiful, encourages Americans to pay closer attention to what they throw away and what should be recycled. “America Recycles Day provides the encouragement and know-how to make recycling a common practice every day of the year,” says Brenda Pulley, senior vice...Read More

DEA’s 12th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day


If you take a look in your medicine cabinet, there's a good chance you'll find a bottle of unwanted, unused or expired prescription drugs. But you can't simply throw them in the garbage. Controlled substances like prescription drugs need to be properly disposed of. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, to be held on...Read More

Fast Facts About Seneca Landfill


Seneca Landfill has been a part of the community since 1965. Since then, we have made giant leaps in the technologies used to store and manage local municipal waste. Here are some facts about the state of Seneca Landfill in 2016. Our landfill is lined with a total of seven (7) layers of protection to prevent soil and groundwater contamination. Seneca has installed over 40 gas extraction...Read More

Seneca Landfill, Inc Stands Up for Industry Safety


SENECA LANDFILL, INC. STANDS UP FOR INDUSTRY SAFETY BY PARTICIPATING IN NATIONAL SAFETY STANDDOWN TO REDUCE HEAT RELATED SAFETY INCIDENTS AMONG WORKERS Stand Down Will Create a Platform for Companies and Organizations Nationwide to Improve Health Evans City, PA—May 16, 2016—Seneca Landfill, Inc. announced today that it has joined the 2016 Safety Stand Down on Water Rest and...Read More

Landfills: Public Health, Safety, and the Environment


Landfills and recycling facilities play a major part in supporting the global need for sustainability. In honor of Earth Day, NW&RA President and CEO Sharon Kneiss discussed recycling and the surprising environmental benefits of landfills. Ready to make earth-conscious changes closer to home? The Pennsylvania Environment Digest provides these...Read More

Passing a Garbage Truck on the Road


Last year, six waste collection employees nationwide died on the job after being hit by a car. This is an avoidable tragedy. As part of the NW&RA, the Vogel family of companies is committed to keeping our drivers safe. Our drivers are our most valuable resources, but they are also parents, spouses, children, and members of our community. Here are some tips to help ensure the safety of...Read More

Great American Cleanup of PA


Seneca Landfill will be participating in the Great American Cleanup of PA, April 16 through May 9. During the Pick It Up PA Days, sponsored by Department of Environmental Protection and Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association, Seneca Landfill will offer free disposal services. The Great American Cleanup is an initiative to improve the areas we live, work and play in. Many community and civic...Read More

Powering Homes in Western PA


Seneca Landfill has been part of the Western Pennsylvania community since the 1950s. Back then, a landfill was called a "dump" and it employed few of the advanced technologies that we utilize today. One of those advanced technologies is our ability to convert the methane from our landfill into a usable, renewable resource: natural gas. After extracting the methane from our landfill,...Read More

UPS Will Power its Fleets With Landfill Gas


One issue associated with landfills is that as organic trash decomposes, it generates methane gas. Many landfills use an on-site flare to prevent the methane from escaping into the atmosphere, where it is a dangerous greenhouse gas. As part of our commitment to sustainability and responsible waste management, Seneca Landfill has taken a different approach: we convert methane into renewable...Read More

Press Release: Safety Stand-Down


Seneca Landfill, Inc. announced today that it has joined the 2016 NWRA Safety Stand-Down, an initiative of the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA). This week-long training and awareness effort is focused around reducing accidents, fatalities and injuries related to truck backing incidents which represents a common challenge for the industry. The NWRA Safety Stand-Down on vehicle...Read More

Reminder: No Electronics Accepted


Pennsylvania’s Covered Device Recycling Act states that effective in January, 2013, landfills may no longer accept electronics. These items must be recycled. Items included in this disposal ban are televisions, computers (including monitors, keyboards, mice, printers), and cell phones. This guide was developed to assist the public with finding responsible ways to recycle their electronics....Read More