Recycling

SRMC PROGRESS REPORT


At the end of last year, December 23, 2013 to be exact, LCSWMA acquired the Susquehanna Resource Management Complex (SRMC). Since that time, we have expended considerable effort to integrate the facility into our system; while also making significant facility upgrades and adjustments to our operating procedures to improve customer experience.

In addition to operational efficiencies, we've also made substantial changes to the aesthetics of the site. From the installation of new site fencing, to the demolition of buildings previously occupied by the City of Harrisburg Department of Public Works, as well as road repairs, extensive site cleanup, landscaping, lighting upgrades and more, 2014 has been a year
of great progress.

Our work continues with ongoing construction projects that address a variety of safety and operational issues, including, improved traffic flow and customer experience.

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Recycling

NEW ENTRANCE FOR THE HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE FACILITY AND RECYCLING DROP-OFF CONTAINER

If you've driven past or visited our Transfer Station Complex in Lancaster recently, you might have noticed some construction work happening near the Recycling Drop-Off Container and the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility.

Over the past few years, the number of residents visiting the HHW Facility has increased significantly: 102% in the last four years alone!

In order to better serve our customers and improve traffic flow in and out of the facility, LCSWMA is relocating the Recycling Drop-Off Container closer to the HHW Facility, which will provide more space for residents delivering materials.

Starting in early December, customers will be able to access both the Recycling Drop-Off Container and HHW Facility by immediately turning right upon entering the site. The Recycling Drop-Off Container will still be accessible 24 hours per day, seven days a week in the new location.

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Renewable

WALKWAY UNDER SHOCK'S MILL BRIDGE

After four years of planning, design, permitting and construction efforts, the walkway under Shock's Mill Bridge on the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail (NWLCRT) is now open for public use.

LCSWMA, in partnership with Conoy Township, took the lead on this project, investing $325,000 towards the total bridge cost of $425,000. In addition to LCSWMA's contribution, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) also provided a $100,000 grant.

The 330' long, 6' high walkway represents a critical component of the NWLCRT, connecting the sections between Bainbridge and East Donegal Township. Visitors can now enjoy the trail continuously from Decatur Street in Marietta to Riverfront Park in Bainbridge – a distance
of 6.5 miles.

The total 14.25 mile, multi-purpose NWLCRT connects the historic river towns of Columbia, Marietta, Bainbridge and Falmouth. The trail follows the route of the historic Pennsylvania Mainline Canal and uses some of the original towpath that remains along the corridor.

While hiking, biking or walking the trail, users can explore local historic landmarks such as the iron furnaces at Chickies Rock, the old quarry operation at Billmeyer and the
Haldeman Mansion.

To download a trail guide, visit www.nwrt.info.

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Green Team

TIPS FOR A GREEN HOLIDAY SEASON

The holiday season offers plenty of opportunities to eat, shop, travel and decorate but did you know this time of year also brings increased waste and consumption of resources?

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the amount of household garbage can increase up to 25% between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day – from four million to five million tons!

This year, take some simple steps to ensure your festivities don't negatively impact the environment by putting these measures in place:

  • Wrap gifts in recycled or reused wrapping paper or newspaper.

  • Send electronic holiday cards instead of printed cards.

  • Decorate with more energy efficient LED lights, which use up to 90% less energy than an incandescent bulb to produce the same amount of light.

  • When hosting a party, use cloth napkins and reusable dishes and silverware.

  • When purchasing gifts, don't accept a new gift box with your purchase. Try reusing an old box instead or wrapping the gift without a box.

  • Consider buying a real, locally grown tree and replanting it outside after the holidays.

  • If you've received new electronics for the holidays, recycle your old, unwanted TVs, stereos, computers, laptops, MP3 players and more at LCSWMA's Household Hazardous Waste Facility.

  • Instead of buying decorations, make your own. For instance, old greeting cards can be turned into gift tags while berries and popcorn can be strung together to make garland.


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