Spring is a time for renewal, so this year, help renew your community and environment with these tips.
Make sure correct items are in your recycling bin. While each municipality in Lancaster County handles recycling differently, the following materials are accepted by all haulers: glass bottles and jars (any color), steel and tin cans, plastic bottles (water, soda or juice bottles, detergent containers and milk jugs), and paper (newspaper and inserts, phone books, junk mail and magazines). If you have specific questions about what can be placed in your recycle bin, contact your municipality or hauler.
Organize a cleanup or beautification event in your community as part of the Great American Cleanup of PA (GAC), happening March 1 through May 31. During the GAC, residents from across the state gather together to pick up litter and trash along roadsides, streams, beaches, parks, forests and neighborhoods. In addition to litter pickups, groups can also hold recycling drives or plant trees and flowers. Register a cleanup event at www.gacofpa.org in order to receive supplies and equipment, free of charge. Contact Allison Vollmer, at 717-397-9968 prior to a cleanup event for information on free disposal of litter at any one of LCSWMA's facilities.
Take advantage of free HHW disposal programs. LCSWMA accepts household hazardous waste (HHW), such as paint, electronics, fluorescent lightbulbs and more, from Lancaster County residents for FREE at its HHW Facility located at 1299 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster. This permanent drive-through facility is open 6 days per week: Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Call 717-397-9968 or visit www.lcswma.org for more information. By utilizing the HHW Facility, you are keeping household hazardous materials out of the waste stream, thus helping to build a more sustainable future for our community.
Commit to composting. 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. Not sure where to begin? LCSWMA is offering FREE Home Compost Workshops on the following dates:
- April 19 at the City of Lancaster's Recycling Drop-Off Center at 6 p.m.
- May 20 at the East Donegal Township Municipal Building at 10 a.m.
- June 7 at the Manheim Farm Show building at 6 p.m.