Three Rivers Planning & Development District is the administrative arm of the Three Rivers Solid Waste Management Authority. The Authority was organized as a solution to the pressing problem of solid waste disposal in the region and is composed of counties and cities located within the District. The Authority includes Calhoun, Itawamba, Lafayette, Lee, Monroe, Pontotoc, and Union counties in northeast Mississippi.
The Authority owns and operates a regional landfill that all entities use. A uniform tipping fee is charged for transporting from strategically-located transfer stations to the regional landfill. The current landfill tipping fee of $22.00 per ton has been in place since pre-1997.
The Authority understands the importance of regional job creation. Private investment has made surplus land at the landfill available for economic development purposes. In addition, the Authority operates a landfill gas collection system and flare that meet all requirements necessary to allow the continued marketing of “carbon credits” for sale. The Authority also has entered into agreements with the Tennessee Valley Authority and Pontotoc Electric Power Association for the installation and construction of a landfill gas to electricity system. The electric power (999 kwh) will be sold by the Authority and returned to the electric power grid.
The Authority and Three Rivers Planning & Development District continue to provide regional waste tire and white goods (scrap metal) collection programs. The household hazardous waste collection days conducted in Lee County and Oxford provide citizens of the Authority’s seven counties with excellent opportunities to dispose of their residential waste. The two collection days in the spring are dependent upon grant funding through the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.