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Celebrate Clean Water

June 01, 2017 ·

Join LCSWMA and other conservation-minded organizations during the inaugural Lancaster Water Week, happening June 3-10. During this week-long celebration of clean water, hosted by the Lancaster Conservancy, learn how Lancaster County's 1,500 miles of streams drive economic opportunity, and how protecting these waters benefits us all.

Fourteen special events are planned for Water Week, including three with LCSWMA.

Save-the-date, and enjoy free educational, family-friendly programming:

Saturday, June 3National Trails Day Celebration
Lace up your hiking boots or grab your bicycle and hit the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail for National Trails Day, happening Saturday, June 3 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free family-friendly activities will take place at three event hubs - Columbia Crossing, Mussleman-Vesta and East Donegal Riverfront Park. Visit LCSWMA's event booth at Columbia Crossing to learn how we make waste a resource and enjoy an interactive activity for kids.

Wednesday, June 7Watershed Expo
Celebrate and learn about our local watersheds at the Chiques Creek Watershed Alliance's Watershed Expo, happening Wednesday, June 7 from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Manheim Farm Show Complex. LCSWMA will host a Home Compost Workshop during the event. Stay for FREE ice cream, live music and interactive exhibits about the importance of clean water.

Saturday, June 10: Make-and-Take Workshop
Join LCSWMA on Saturday, June 10 for a Make-and-Take Workshop where participants will create their own earth-friendly cleaning products. The Make-and-Take Workshop focuses on the importance of proper household hazardous waste disposal, in helping protect our water, and offers options for environmentally-friendly alternatives. This event will take place from 9 - 10 a.m. in LCSWMA's Training Room at the Transfer Station Complex located at 1299 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster. Registration is required. Sign up here.

And for those outside of the area, visit http://nationaltrailsday.americanhiking.org/ for suggestions on how you can get involved in your community.

Tags: Community Events · Community Recreation · Northwest Lancaster County River Trail · Trail Development · Wildlife

FREE Home Compost Workshops

April 07, 2017 ·

The Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority (LCSWMA) is partnering with local municipalities, community organizations and Penn State Master Gardeners of Lancaster County to conduct FREE home compost workshops for residents, where individuals can learn how to recycle organic waste from their kitchens and gardens instead of putting it in the trash.

Composting is an excellent way to recycle vegetable scraps, grass clippings, leaves and other organics, turning those materials into a useful and valuable product to naturally improve the soil. Workshop attendees will also learn how to build effective, yet inexpensive home compost bins to meet their needs.  Each household attending a compost workshop can enter a drawing to receive a free kitchen scrap collection bucket courtesy of LCSWMA.

Lancaster County residents are invited to attend any of the home compost workshops scheduled for this year at no cost.  Residents are asked to pre-register by noon on the Friday prior to the workshop they’ll be attending.  The following lists dates and specific details for each workshop:

April 19 at the City of Lancaster Recycling Facility located at 850 New Holland Avenue, Lancaster.  The workshop is from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  To pre-register or for more information, contact the City of Lancaster Solid Waste and Recycling Manager at (717) 291-4762 or email tbreneisen@cityoflancasterpa.com.

May 20 at the East Donegal Township Municipal Building located at 190 Rock Point Road, Marietta.  The workshop is from 10:00 am to 11:00 am.  To pre-register or for more information, contact the East Donegal Township Recycling Coordinator at (717) 426-3167 or email vicki@eastdonegaltwp.com.

June 7 at the Chiques Creek Alliance Watershed Expo at the Manheim Farm Show Complex, 502 East Adele Avenue, Manheim.  The workshop is from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm.  For more information, email manager@raphotownship.com.  Pre-registration is not necessary.  This family event includes presenters from the Lancaster Environmental Center, Lancaster Conservation District, native plant nurseries, PA Fish and Boat Commission, Lancaster Farmland Trust, Lancaster Conservancy and others.

Tags: Community Events · Green Tips · Recycling

Join the Earth Day Fun

April 11, 2016 ·

During the month of April, LCSWMA will be participating in a number of Earth Day celebrations – come join us!

Saturday, April 16: Dauphin County Recycling Center Earth Day
Visit us from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Dauphin County Recycling Center in Harrisburg for free food, live entertainment and a car show. Dauphin County residents are encouraged to bring along an e-waste item to recycle.

Thursday, April 21: Penn State Harrisburg Earth Day
More than 450 students are expected to gather to celebrate the environment from 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the main lawn of the campus. LCSWMA will be hosting FREE home compost workshops at our booth, as well as handing out a variety of earth-friendly goodies.

Saturday, April 23: Sahd Metal Recycling Earth Day
This tenth annual Earth Day celebration features more than 25 exhibitors sharing information on green products and services. Other activities include scrap yard tours, food vendors and more, happening from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Sahd Metal Recycling in Columbia.

 

Tags: Community Events

FREE Home Compost Workshops

March 17, 2016 ·

LCSWMA is partnering with municipalities, community organizations and Penn State Master Gardeners to conduct FREE home compost workshops, where residents can learn how to recycle organic waste from their kitchens and gardens instead of putting it in the trash. 

Composting is an excellent way to recycle vegetable scraps, grass clippings, leaves and other organics, turning those materials into a useful and valuable product to naturally improve the soil.

Workshop attendees will also learn how to build effective, yet inexpensive home compost bins to meet their needs. Each household in attendance will be eligible to enter a drawing to receive a free kitchen scrap collection bucket courtesy of LCSWMA. 

Lancaster County residents are invited to attend any one of the home compost workshops scheduled for this year at no cost. Residents are asked to pre-register by noon on the Friday prior to the workshop they’ll be attending.

Below are dates and specific details for each workshop:

April 16 at the East Donegal Township Municipal Building located at 190 Rock Point Road, Marietta. The workshop is from 10 - 11 a.m. No fee is required, but pre-registration is recommended. To pre-register or for more information, please contact the East Donegal Township Recycling Coordinator at (717) 426-3167 or email vicki@eastdonegaltwp.com.

April 20 at the City of Lancaster Recycling Facility located at 850 New Holland Avenue, Lancaster. The workshop is from 6 - 7 p.m. No fee is required, but pre-registration is recommended. To pre-register or for more information, please contact the City of Lancaster Solid Waste and Recycling Manager at (717) 291-4762 or email tbreneisen@cityoflancasterpa.com.

May 7 at the East Cocalico Township Municipal Building located at 100 Hill Road, Denver. The workshop is from 10 - 11 a.m. No fee is required, but pre-registration is recommended. To pre-register or for more information, please contact the East Cocalico Township Recycling Coordinator at (717) 336-1720 or email Recycling_Officer@eastcocalicotownship.com.

May 21 at Mount Joy Borough's Little Chiques Park located at 229 Park Avenue, Mount Joy. The workshop is from 10 - 11 a.m. No fee is required, but pre-registration is recommended. To pre-register or for more information, please contact the Mount Joy Borough Recycling Coordinator at (717) 653-2300 or email andrea@mountjoypa.org.

June 4 at the East Petersburg Community Center during the Community Yard Sale. The park is located along Pine Street, East Petersburg. The workshop is from 10 - 11 a.m. No fee is required, but pre-registration is recommended. To pre-register or for more information, please contact the East Petersburg Borough Recycling Coordinator at (717) 569-9282 or email kstrayer@eastpetersburgborough.org.

June 22 at the Chiques Watershed Alliance Watershed Expo at the Lancaster Liederkranz located at 722 South Chiques Road, Manheim. The event is from 6 - 8 p.m. No fee or registration is required. This family event includes presenters from the Lancaster Environmental Center, Lancaster Conservation District, native plant nurseries, PA Fish and Boat Commission, Lancaster Farmland Trust, Lancaster Conservancy and others.

October 29 at the Providence Township Municipal Office located at 200 Mt. Airy Road, New Providence. The workshop is from 10 - 11 a.m. A brief presentation on rain barrels will follow until 11:15 am. No fee for either workshop is required and residents are encouraged to attend both, but pre-registration is recommended. To pre-register or for more information, please contact the Providence Township Recycling Coordinator at (717) 786-6775 or email secretary@providencetownship.com.

Tags: Community Events · Green Tips

Celebrate National Trails Day

June 05, 2015 ·

On Saturday, June 6, join LCSWMA for the Susquehanna Riverlands National Trails Day event at Riverfront Park to celebrate the completion of a section of the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail from East Donegal Township to Bainbridge.

In addition, we will also celebrate the completion of the 330’ Shock’s Mill River Walkway. The walkway connects a two mile section of trail between Bainbridge and East Donegal Township, which opened to the public in November of 2014. Previously, these two sections of the trail abruptly ended at an impasse with no way around Shock’s Mill Bridge. Now pedestrians and cyclists can enjoy the trail continuously from Decatur Street in Marietta to Riverfront Park in Bainbridge, a distance of 6.5 miles

Other event activities include the dedication of artful benches and a mosaic tile mural designed by Donegal Intermediate School students and a trail bike ride with local physicals to promote the health benefits of parks and trails.

The rain or shine celebration will begin at 11 a.m.

National Trails Day is an initiative of the American Hiking Society and is dedicated to the celebration of America’s Trail System. 

 

 

Tags: Community Events · Community Recreation · Northwest Lancaster County River Trail · Trail Development

Register for the 2015 Wind Tours

May 04, 2015 ·

LCSWMA, in conjunction with PPL Renewable Energy, will once again host public tours of the Turkey Point Wind Project on Saturday, May 30. 

Visitors will have the opportunity to see the two 1.6 megawatt wind turbines, tour the Frey Farm Landfill and enjoy some delicious Turkey Hill Dairy ice cream. All visitors will receive a small gift. 

Free 30-minute tours will depart from Creswell Park (3103 River Road, Conestoga) at the following times:
-9 a.m.
-10 a.m.
-11 a.m.
-1 p.m.
-2 p.m.
-3 p.m.

Seating is limited and pre-registration is required for this rain or shine event. To register, visit www.lcswma.org/windtours or call 717-397-9968. 

 

Tags: Community Events · Frey Farm Landfill · Wind Energy

Let's Clean Up Lancaster!

March 12, 2015 ·

Spring cleaning applies to more than just closets, cupboards, basements and garages. Take that spotless spirit outside during the annual Great American Cleanup of PA presented by Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful.

From March 1 through May 31, residents from across the state come together to cleanup roadsides, streams and forests in an effort to make their communities cleaner and greener. From picking up trash and litter to organizing recycling drives or planting trees and flowers, there are numerous ways to help beautify your neighborhood.

Groups such as community and civic associations, schools and youth groups, families and friends, business employees, hunting and fishing clubs, conservation organizations, sports teams and more can register a cleanup event online in order to receive supplies and equipment, free of charge.

Registered events can obtain complimentary cleaning supplies such as gloves, bags and vests from the PennDot District Office by calling (717) 299-7621. 

Additionally, event coordinators should reach out to Barb Baker (bbaker@lcswma.org) who coordinates the Keep Lancaster County Beautiful program (an initiative of LCSWMA), prior to a cleanup event for information on free disposal of litter at any one of LCSWMA’s facilities.

Since the inception of this event in 2004, more than 1.5 million volunteers have picked up 80 million pounds of litter and waste. 146,000 miles of roads, waterways, shorelines, and trails have been cleaned, and more than 136,000 trees, bulbs, and flowers have been planted. 

For more information on how you can participate visit www.gacofpa.org.

Tags: Community Events · Litter Abatement · Recycling

Free Home Compost Workshops

March 09, 2015 ·

LCSWMA is partnering with municipalities, community organizations and Penn State Master Gardeners to conduct FREE home compost workshops, where residents can learn how to recycle organic waste from their kitchens and gardens instead of putting it in the trash. 

Composting is an excellent way to recycle vegetable scraps, grass clippings, leaves and other organics, turning those materials into a useful and valuable product to naturally improve the soil. Workshop attendees will also learn how to build effective, yet inexpensive home compost bins to meet their needs. Each household in attendance will be eligible to enter a drawing to receive a free kitchen scrap collection bucket courtesy of LCSWMA. 

Lancaster County residents are invited to attend any one of the home compost workshops scheduled for this year at no cost. Residents are asked to pre-register by noon on the Friday prior to the workshop they’ll be attending.

The following lists dates and specific details for each workshop:

April 22 at the City of Lancaster Recycling Drop-Off Center, located at 850 New Holland Avenue, Lancaster from 6 to 7 p.m. To register for the workshop, contact the City of Lancaster Solid Waste & Recycling Manager at (717) 291-4762 or email tbreneisen@cityoflancasterpa.com.

May 7 at the West Lampeter Township Municipal Office, located at 852 Village Road, Lampeter from 7 to 8 p.m. To register for the workshop, contact the West Lampeter Township Recycling Coordinator at (717) 464-3731 or email joellyn@westlampeter.com.

June 6 at the West Donegal Township Municipal Office, located at One Municipal Drive, Elizabethtown from 10 to 11 a.m. To register for the workshop, contact the West Donegal Township Recycling Coordinator at (717) 367-7178 or email wendy@wdtwp.com

June 6 at the Community Center in East Petersburg Borough, located at 6051 Pine Street, East Petersburg from 10 to 11 a.m. To register for the workshop, contact the East Petersburg Borough Recycling Coordinator at (717) 569-9282 or email kls.ep8@comcast.net.

Tags: Community Events · Green Tips

Shock's Mill Bridge Opening

October 29, 2014 ·

LCSWMA and Conoy Township are pleased to announce the walkway under Shock’s Mill Bridge will officially be open for public use on Saturday, November 1st.

In close partnership with Conoy Township, LCSWMA took the lead with this project, investing more than four years on planning, design, permitting and construction efforts. The walkway cost $425,000, with LCSWMA investing $325,000 and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) providing a $100,000 grant.

“Conoy Township has been a tremendous host community for our Waste-to-Energy Facility,” says Jim Warner, LCSWMA’s CEO, “and this walkway was an opportunity for us to enhance the lives of those who live, work and visit the area with a unique trail experience that features the Susquehanna River and its beautiful corridor.”  

The 330’ long, 6’ high walkway represents a critical component of the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail (NWLCRT), connecting the sections between Bainbridge and East Donegal Township. Previously, these two sections of trail abruptly ended at an impasse, with no way around Shock’s Mill Bridge. Now pedestrians and cyclists can enjoy the trail continuously from Decatur Street in Marietta to the riverfront park in Bainbridge, a distance of 6.5 miles.

Stephen Mohr, Conoy Township Supervisor, says that the completion of walkway “addresses a major missing link of the NWLCRT.”  He reflects that his family had a vision for a river trail over three decades ago. “It took many players, much time and hard work to bring it to fruition,” says Mohr, “and if it weren't for all the folks at LCSWMA we would still be waiting. But now, it’s something for all to enjoy.”

The Southern Conoy section of the NWLCRT is approximately 3.15 miles long. Trailhead parking for this section is available at the Race Street Overlook in Bainbridge, at the East Donegal Riverfront Park on Vinegar Ferry Road and on Decatur Street in Marietta. 

The NWLCRT is a 14.25-mile, multi-purpose, public recreation trail that passes through five municipalities: Columbia, West Hempfield Township, Marietta Borough, East Donegal Township and Conoy Township. Parts of the trail are also owned by LCSWMA. The trail follows the route of the historic Pennsylvania Mainline Canal and uses some of the original towpath that remains along the corridor. This provides ample opportunities to interpret the numerous industrial archaeological remains such as abandoned canal locks; the iron furnaces at Chickies Rock and the old quarry operation at Billmeyer. The trail also connects the historic river towns and villages of Columbia, Marietta, Bainbridge and Falmouth.

  

Tags: Authority Projects · Community Events · Community Recreation

FREE Home Compost Workshop

September 25, 2014 ·

It's not too late to sign up for LCSWMA's FREE home compost workshop, happening this Saturday, September 27, from 10-11 a.m. at the Rieber House Welcome Center at our Frey Farm Landfill located at 3049 River Road, Conestoga, PA 17516. 

Attendees will learn how to recycle organic waste from their kitchens and gardens instead of putting it in the trash. Composting is an excellent way to recycle vegetable scraps, grass clippings, leaves, and other organic materials and turn them into a useful and valuable product to naturally improve the soil.

Workshop participants will also learn how to build effective, yet inexpensive home compost bins to meet their needs. Each household in attendance will be eligible to enter a drawing to receive a free kitchen scrap collection bucket courtesy of US EPA, Region III.

To register for the home compost workshop, please call 717-397-9968 or email avollmer@lcswma.org by noon on Friday, September 26. 

Tags: Community Events · Frey Farm Landfill · Green Tips