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Entries for month: November 2017

LCSWMA Employees Give Extra!

November 21, 2017 ·

Congratulations Lancaster County for contributing $8.6 million to the ExtraGive! LCSWMA was proud to sponsor this amazing day of giving that helps our community thrive. And LCSWMA believes that when our community thrives, our employees thrive too.

So, in addition to sponsoring the ExtraGive, we also strive to foster a philanthropic culture at LCSWMA. That’s why we challenged employees to give extra – and they did! Ninety employees contributed a total of $19,245 during the ExtraGive this year!

How did they do it? Let’s just say there was no lack of fun… 

To start, we created a committee of 15 “ExtraGive Champions” from our four facilities, who planned an internal campain called “Gather to Give”.  This employee-powered initiative set two goals:

  1. Raise $15,500 (achieved $19,245!)
  2. 70 employee participants (achieved 90!)

LCSWMA offered incentives if we achieved these goals.

Prior to campaign launch, our ExtraGive Champions developed internal marketing materials to explain the purpose of the campaign, along with providing updates as the campaign progressed.

“Gather to Give” launched on October 23, with “Thanksgatherings” at each LCSWMA site. These lunch n’ learn sessions featured a Thanksgiving-themed lunch, where employees learned more about the impact of the ExtraGive on the Lancaster community and how our internal campaign would support this day of giving.

Employees could make a one-time donation or contribute through payroll deduction, which provided them the opportunity to give more as their dollars could be stretched throughout the year.

An “Early Bird Special” during the week of November 6th encouraged employees to commit to giving early for a chance to win one of two prizes.

November 13th kicked-off ExtraGive week with a LCSWMA basket competition. Our various departments and sites teamed up to create baskets of goodies, with such themes as pet lovers, the handy man, couples needing a date night, and more. Employees received raffle tickets based on their donation amount, and the baskets were raffled-off on November 17.

On the day of the ExtraGive, our champions made one more big push for donations, setting up pledge stations at each site.

The efforts of LCSWMA’s ExtraGive Champions and the generosity of employees made the Gather to Give campaign a success for LCSWMA and our community, as we far surpassed both goals. Waste is definitely a resource that gives back!

We hope this information inspires other organizations to create their own employee campaigns. 

 

Tags: Community Events · Faces of LCSWMA

ACT 101 Update

November 20, 2017 ·

This is the first article in an educational series, highlighting waste industry news.

SUMMARY:
Language in PA House Bill 118 effectively removed the sunset date from the $2 recycling fee and maintains the Recycling Fund established in Act 101. The bill (now Act 40 of 2017) was signed into law by Governor Wolf on October 30, 2017.

What does this mean and why is it important for our community’s recycling efforts?

Let’s start from the beginning.


Statewide recycling in Pennsylvania began in 1988 with the Municipal Waste Planning Recycling and Waste Reduction Act (Act 101) that requires larger municipalities (based on population) to recycle. The Act established a $2-per-ton fee on all waste disposed at municipal waste landfills and waste-to-energy facilities. The fees are placed into a Recycling Fund, from which the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) distributes grant money for local collection programs, public education, materials processing and composting facilities, equipment and technical training.

The Recycling Fund established in Act 101 was due to sunset January 1, 2020.

The hard work is seemingly done, why should community members care if the Recycling Fund ended?

Elimination of the fee, and the associated grant programs it supported, would have significantly impacted recycling programs throughout the Commonwealth.  Here’s how…

Up to 70% of the Recycling Fund provides:

  • development and implementation of county and municipal recycling programs;

  • municipal recycling program performance grants;

  • studies to aid in the development of markets for recyclable materials, and studies to encourage and implement waste reduction strategies;

  • research and demonstration grants for the beneficial use of solid waste;

  • and more.

Up to 30% of the Recycling fund is allotted to DEP for:

  • public information and public education;

  • municipal and county technical assistance programs for litter control, recycling and waste reduction;

  • research and demonstration projects;

  • county municipal waste management planning grants;

  • and more.

Had the Recycling Fund sunset, it would have been felt hard by Lancaster County’s 47 municipal recycling programs. It would have meant no funds for new or existing recycling programs that helped Lancaster County achieve a 44% recycling rate in 2016. But numerous organizations and associations advocated for the Recycling Fund to continue, and those efforts paid off with the passage of House Bill 118.

We hope this information helps you “rethink” waste and its impact on our daily lives including how important programs are funded. As citizens of this earth, we have a responsibility to manage it conscientiously and maximize its potential for a positive impact. 

  

Tags: In The News · Recycling