Preparing Materials for the Bin
In 2011, Lancaster County recycled 40% of all municipal solid waste. Kudos to all of you who took that extra step and recycled! Let's continue this positive trend in 2012.
Here are some helpful tips for preparing your materials for the recycling bin:
Do NOT put any plastic bags in the recycle bin. Reuse those plastic bags or ask your local grocer if they offer plastic bag recycling.
Clear, green and brown glass food and beverage bottles/jars should be thoroughly rinsed to remove any residue. Remove their lids and dispose of those in the trash. You do not need to remove labels.
Do NOT put in the bin: light bulbs, dishes, glassware, window or automotive glass. These are not recyclable and should be put in the trash.
Steel and Tin Cans:
All food and beverage cans made from aluminum, steel or tin should be thoroughly rinsed to remove any residue.
Do NOT put in the bin: metal hangers, cooking pots and pans or other scrap metal like foil and pie plates.
This applies to bottles, jars and jugs only (anything that has a "neck"). Rinse to remove any residue.
Do NOT put in the bin: plastic bags, plastic toys, plastic packaging, plastic cups or plastic tubs like for yogurt or butter.
Newspapers and inserts should be placed in a strong paper bag and put next to your recycling bin.
Do NOT place newspaper out for collection when it is raining or place inside of plastic grocery bags.
If you are unsure of what goes in your recycling bin, contact your hauler or municipal recycling coordinator for more information.
2012 Spring Wind Tours
Plenty of sunshine, wind and fun—that was the theme for the 2012 Spring Tours of the Wind Project at Turkey Point. Six tours were held on Saturday, May 12th when 350+ adults and children toured the site to experience wind energy up close. Visitors were shuttled to the wind project site and enjoyed a scenic view of the Susquehanna River, along with some delicious Turkey Hill
Don’t worry if you missed this year’s tour. We host tours of the wind project annually. Be sure to sign up for our Green Team contact list to receive invites to this event and more.
Wind Project at Turkey Point Facts:
Consists of two 1.6 megawatt General Electric wind turbines
Turbine height = 262 feet
Blade length = 131 feet
Each turbine weighs nearly 500,000 lbs
Turbines require 8 mph minimum wind speed to start turning
Turbines are at full power with 26 mph wind speed
Turbines max wind speed is 56 mph
Each turbine foundation is 52’ wide, 8’ deep and required 291 cubic yards of concrete and steel rebar
Turbines are connected electrically by underground lines to Turkey Hill Dairy
Project provides 25% of Turkey Hill Dairy’s annual electric needs
Wind energy is one of four renewable energy initiatives by the Authority, which include:
The Wind Project at Turkey Point produces approximately 7,500 megawatt hours of electricity for Turkey Hill Dairy each year. That's enough electricity to power approximately 700 homes or produce 6 million gallons of ice cream. YUM!
Before you throw away those food scraps at the end of a meal, consider using them and other organic materials for compost. Items such as leaves, grass and vegetable scraps are broken down by microorganisms to form a rich soil-like substance called compost or humus.
What Do You Need to Home Compost?
All you need to compost is enthusiasm, yard or food waste (except meat or dairy products) and some space. Compost piles don't need to be enclosed, although many people use a bin or similar enclosure. You can purchase a compost bin or easily construct one with common materials such as chicken wire, snow fencing, lumber or used pallets. Other tools that come in handy for composting are a garden hose, wheelbarrow and common garden tools.
A 4 x 4 x 4 foot area out of direct sunlight is ideal for your compost pile. Choose an easily accessible spot on a grass or soil base. Composting can begin any time of the year, but many people start in the fall when leaves are abundant. Organic materials should be mixed, adding water as needed so that the materials feel like a moist sponge. The compost pile should be turned after a few weeks so that the outside layers are exchanged with the center of the pile. Turn compost piles about once a month, except in cold winter conditions. Water can be added during turning, if necessary.
What to Avoid
While many yard wastes and kitchen scraps can be successfully composted, some materials should be kept out of the compost pile. Do not compost:
Diseased plants or leaves
Persistent weeds (poison ivy, multiflora rose, bindweed, quack grass, etc.)
Human or pet feces
Meat, dairy products and kitchen vegetables cooked with animal fats
Plants that have gone to seed
For more information on composting, visit our website at www.lcswma.org or the Environmental Protection Agency’s website at www.epa.gov.
By using compost instead of chemical fertilizers, you can reduce the amount of hazardous materials introduced into our environment.
Looking for a fun activity this summer? Consider hiking one of Lancaster County’s many outdoor trails. The Authority has constructed and/or hosts several miles of recreational trails in the community, including: Farmingdale Trail, Turkey Hill Trail and the Northwest River Trail. Partnering with local townships to build recreational trails preserves open space and offers the public an opportunity to enjoy our beautiful, diverse environment.
Located in East Hempfield Township, this trail consists of three trail loops with varying lengths. The inner loop is about ½ mile long, the middle loop about 1 mile, and the outer loop about 1½ miles. One trail weaves through wetlands, a natural water storage and filtration system that provides a home for a diversity of wildlife and vegetation. Another trail leads to a dog play area where your four footed companion can enjoy an area to run. There is also a woods trail and a creek trail. Picnic tables and benches are located throughout the trail system for visitors’ enjoyment. The parking lot and trail head are located off Good Drive at the existing Noel Dorwart Park and Nature Area.
Turkey Hill Trail
Located in Manor Township, this trail offers spectacular views of the Susquehanna River and surrounding forests. With a variety of mature hardwoods and abundant wildlife, this 3.3 mile trail is full of surprises and an array of colors each season. Hike your way to the Turkey Point Observation Deck where you can view the Authority’s 3.2 megawatt wind project up close. The northern end trailhead is located off River Road in Washington Boro. Take Route 999 west and turn left onto River Road. Travel for approximately 1.5 miles to the small parking lot on the right, marked by Lancaster Conservancy signs.
Northwest River Trail
Passing through two Boroughs (Columbia and Marietta) and three Townships (West Hempfield, East Donegal and Conoy), this trail offers approximately 14 miles of trail that travels along the banks of the Susquehanna River. This paved, multi-use trail averages 10’ in width; plenty of room for walking, jogging, biking and more. While portions of this trail are currently under construction, there are many sections open for public use. Contact the specific borough or township for details and access points.
We support projects and invest in initiatives that conserve open space, preserve local heritage and protect our environment—all because we love Lancaster County and value serving you.