January 2016


In This Issue

Save the Date
Let's Cleanup PA
Newsletter Archive
Lancaster Thinks Green
Go Green in 2016

Save the Date!


Mark your calendars for our annual spring tours of the Turkey Point Wind Project on Saturday, May 14. Enjoy delicious Turkey Hill ice cream, tour the landfill and see the turbines up-close. Online registration opens in April.


Let's Cleanup PA


From March 1 through May 31, residents from across the state can participate in Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful's Great American Cleanup of PA. During this annual event, residents come together to cleanup roadsides, streams and forests in an effort to beautify their communities.

Help make your neighborhood clean and green by registering an event. Registered events can obtain free trash bags, gloves, and safety vests from PennDOT district offices, as supplies last.


Past Newsletters


Access previous issues of Waste Matters here.


Lancaster County Thinks Green


No winter blues here, Lancaster County thinks green. In 2015, residents recycled 2,699,219 pounds of electronics through LCSWMA's Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility - a new record.

Customer visits hit a new record as well, with 77,685 residents using the HHW Facility last year to safely dispose of materials such as paint, cleaners, motor oil, antifreeze, pesticides, herbicides, computers, TV's, cell phones, fluorescent bulbs and more.

In total, 4,473,976 pounds of material was collected at the HHW Facility in 2015, which breaks down to:

  • 2,699,219 pounds of electronics

  • 151,149 pounds of batteries

  • 965,176 pounds of motor oil

  • 94,000 pounds of flammable liquids

  • 34,744 pounds of florescent bulbs

  • 362,820 pounds of latex paint

  • 166,868 pounds of hazardous waste, which includes oil based paint, corrosives, pesticides, mercury, fire extinguishers and aerosols

By incorporating sustainable practices into your everyday lives, you are helping to keep household hazardous materials out of the waste stream.


5 Ways to Live Sustainably in 2016


Resolutions are hard to keep, which is why we've rounded up a list of five easy-to-implement changes that can help you save money, reduce waste and continue living green in 2016.

Figure out what items belong in your recycling bin. It can be confusing to know what materials can and cannot be recycled; but taking the time to figure that out makes a big impact. Here is a resource that can help: Preparing Materials for the Recycling Bin. Still have questions? Contact your hauler or municipal office to find out exactly what you can put in the recycling bin.

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. This year, start your own compost pile to cut down on food waste. For tips on getting started, click here. Also, watch our blog in the coming months for a list of free home compost workshops.

Reuse what you can. In today's world, many things are disposable, but it doesn't have to be that way. Small changes like using a reusable coffee mug and water bottle, or swapping paper plates for dishes that can be washed and used again, makes a big difference. Another easy swap is switching from plastic bags to reusable bags. Visit A Bag's Life for information on where to recycle plastic bags.

Cut down on paper waste. Instead of receiving paper bills, contact your provider and ask that statements be emailed to you instead. When shopping, opt for an emailed receipt, if offered.

Trade harsh chemical cleaners for earth-friendly alternatives. This year, consider making your own cleaning products using ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. Items like baking soda, lemon juice and vinegar make great non-toxic cleaners. Safely dispose of old household cleaners at LCSWMA's Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility for free.


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