A successful recycling program in Penn Township is truly a community-wide effort. Residents and the business community can pitch in to improve our recycling rate, reduce the amount of trash generated, and increase the grant funding that the Township receives.
The Resident’s Guide to Recycling & Solid Waste Disposal in Lancaster County is a great resource from the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority. It has been recently updated to reflect the Authority’s expanded list of e-waste items accepted for free at their Household Hazardous Waste Facility.
Bring Your Corrugated Cardboard and Compact Fluorescent Lamps to the Township Campus
Thanks to Good’s Disposal Service and PPL Electric Utilities, Penn Township residents can drop off cardboard and CFLs for recycling. CFLs can be brought in the office and dropped off in a box in the lobby.
Look for the sign and the green dumpster in the parking lot to put your flattened cardboard in. Please – no other assorted paper or trash, so help us keep this service alive by respecting these rules. They are provided by these community partners with no cost to the public.
Backyard Composting: Create Nutrient-Rich Soil and Reduce Trash
A practical way to cut down on the amount of trash you send to the landfill is by composting – right in your backyard. Scraps from fruits and vegetables, leaves, grass clippings, sawdust, and even shredded newspaper can all be put into your compost bin and removed from the waste stream. And the result from your composting efforts is good, nutrient-rich soil that can be used to boost the growing potential in flower beds and vegetable gardens.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority have provided guides about how composting works and how you can make your own compost bins to do it at home.
- Recycling costs less than throwing trash away. According to the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority (LCSWMA), trash coming through their transfer facility in 2011 cost $0.73/ton to dispose of. Compare this to a cost of $0 for recyclable materials. Some trash haulers collect recyclable materials and sell them to the market themselves. Either way, it reduces costs and potentially yields a lower rate for the end user: our residents.
- Local businesses can make money. By recycling something as common as corrugated cardboard from packaging, businesses can turn this clean “waste” into cash. A local retail establishment earned over $1,000 last year by taking cardboard from packaging to a nearby recycling facility.
- Recycling is a value-added job-sustaining process. Jobs continue to be created by sorting, marketing, and processing recyclable materials for use in new products. Several sources cite that the sorting and processing alone of recyclable materials sustains 10 jobs for each one person employed to landfill or incinerate trash. The number of jobs needed to take the processed material and manufacture paper, glass, and plastic goods from it is even greater.
- Consider the long-run. Reusing or recycling diverts a significant portion (39.8% of all countywide waste in 2011 was recycled) of the waste stream from going to the landfill or incineration. Extending the life of the Frey Farm Landfill and/or reducing the amount of material to be incinerated are goals that we can all help to meet, simply by recycling.
- Last – but not least – it is the green thing to do. Reducing waste by reusing recyclable materials is good for the environment. Many of the raw materials (especially metals and petroleum products) put into first-generation products can be given new life in other products. Finite resources from the earth don’t necessarily have to be extracted, used once, and buried or burnt. We often try to stretch our dollars and resources in our own homes – recycling does this on a larger scale for earth’s resources.
The LCSWMA website contains information about recycling, its free household hazardous waste disposal drop-off, waste-to-energy, and more.
Click here to view one persons story on recycling.
Read more about the Covered Device Recycling Act and how it affects disposal of old televisions, computer monitors, laptops, etc.