April 2015


In This Issue

DIY Cleaning Products
Community Event
Build a Rain Barrel
Past Newsletters
Learn to Compost


DIY Cleaning Products


Instead of using chemical-laden solutions to clean you home this spring, opt for mix-it-yourself cleaners with environmentally-friendly ingredients, many of which can be found in your pantry!

Get the recipe for green DIY cleaners here.


Visit LCSWMA at Sahd's


Visit LCSWMA on Saturday, April 25 at Sahd Metal Recycling's Earth Day event, happening from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Meet with more than 30 conservation-minded vendors, enjoy free entertainment, scrap yard tours and more!


Build a Rain Barrel


Nearly four billion trees or 35 percent of the total trees cut around the world are used in paper industries. Reduce your paper waste with these six easy tips and opt out of the paper avalanche.


Past Newsletters


Access previous issues of Waste Matters here.


Progress Continues on the
Northwest Lancaster County River Trail


For more than six years, LCSWMA has partnered with municipalities along the Susquehanna River to construct the 14.25 mile Northwest Lancaster County River Trail (NWLCRT). This year, the trail is getting a host of new features that are sure to enhance the user experience.

Interpretive Panels
Residents and visitors can now enjoy a series of interpretive panels at various points along the trail. The panels highlight the natural, cultural, historic and scenic resources along the river, with topics including:

  • Native American Heritage*
  • The Language of Science (Samuel Haldeman)*
  • Industrial Heritage (Billmeyer Quarry)*
  • Transforming Waste to Energy*
  • Bald Eagles*
  • Shock's Mill Bridge*
  • Revitalizing Local Wetlands*
  • Vinegar's Ferry
  • Decatur Street

*Denotes panels that are already installed.

Seven of the nine panels have been installed, while the remaining two - Vinegar's Ferry and Decatur Street - will be placed during the summer.

LCSWMA, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resource (PA DCNR), Susquehanna Riverlands and the Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Area (SGHA), worked with local historians to create the panels.

Viewing Scope
At the beginning of April, LCSWMA installed a new viewing scope on the trail in Conoy Township. The scope allows visitors to get an up-close look at a pair of nesting eagles that live on Energy Island. This small islet on the Susquehanna River is located just behind LCSWMA's Lancaster Waste-to-Energy Facility. The eagles have nested on Energy Island for the past six years.

To access the viewing scope, trail users can enter at the Race Street Parking Area in Bainbridge or at Riverfront Park in East Donegal Township. The walk from both of those access points to the viewing scope is approximately two miles.

For more information on the NWLCRT, visit or click here.


Learn to Compost at Home


Before you throw away 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.

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.

Getting Started
A 4x4x4 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 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 the following:

  • 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, be sure to attend one of our FREE Home Composting Workshops.


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