Luzerne County

On September 25, 1786, Luzerne County was formed from part of Northumberland County. It is Northeastern Pennsylvania‘s second-largest county by total area. As of the 2010 census, the population was 320,918, making it the most populous county in the northeastern part of the state. Luzerne County contains the second highest number of independently governing municipalities in the state of Pennsylvania, with 76 municipalities composed of 4 cities, 36 boroughs, and 36 townships, with Wilkes-Barre as the county seat and largest city.

This exciting region of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania – Luzerne County and its two major cities, Hazleton and Wilkes-Barre is vigorous, thriving, exciting, and looking forward to a future filled with new opportunities and prospects, new jobs and a refreshing new vitality. Today, any traveler passing through this region, north-bound or south-bound on I-81, quickly develops a very positive “windshield impression.” Although our region looks good from the highway; it looks even better close-up. Thanks to the cooperative efforts of more than a dozen local, regional, and state organizations – public and private – the communities in this great part of Pennsylvania have remarkably recharged their batteries, and are focused on a better life for everyone that calls Luzerne County home.

The Recycling Department of Luzerne County strives to create better communities through the expectation and management of change. The Department’s mission statement is to ensure the delivery of an integrated, cost-effective, and environmentally sound solid waste management system, and to promote through assistance and education, sustainable community programs and policies throughout Luzerne County.  This includes the development and administration of the Solid Waste Plan to address waste and recycling related issues, and to provide guidance on solutions.

The Solid Waste Plan is a strategy document that offers recommendations on a course of action, it is up to elected officials to set policy that implements the action. The best plans are those that take the community’s view into consideration and creates practical and attainable goals for improving the county.

Recycling information can be found on the County Recycling page.