June 2015


In This Issue

Sustainable Summer Tips
Featured Pin
FREE Facility Tours
Newsletter Archive
CGNA is Open
2015 Wind Tours


Sustainable Summer Tips


Summer brings lots of opportunity for outdoor recreation. From splashing around at the beach or in the pool, to enjoying backyard cookouts, exploring farmers markets and more, the season for fun in the sun is here.

Incorporate sustainable practices into your summer routine with these summer living tips.


Featured Pin


This article by Mother Nature Network offers suggestions on how to repurpose used K-Cups. Ideas include, string lights, confetti poppers, seed starters and more. For more resources on upcycling, green living tips and more, follow our Pinterest page.


Visit Us This Summer


Have you ever wondered what happens to your trash after it gets picked up at the curb? Curious about how trash can produce clean, renewable energy?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, book a FREE public tour at any one of our three Lancaster facilities for a behind-the-scenes look at our operations and learn more.


Past Newsletters


Access previous issues of Waste Matters here.


Come Visit the Chestnut Grove Natural Area


LCSWMA is pleased to open the Chestnut Grove Natural Area (CGNA), located at 37 Chestnut Grove Road in Conestoga. The 170-acre site was once agricultural farmland, then a soil borrow construction site, and now, with the support of the local community, a nature preserve.

LCSWMA invested $1.2 million into restoring this property to its native ecosystem and enhancing local wildlife habitat. From the beginning, our vision was to provide passive recreational opportunities for residents and visitors.

This perspective reflects LCSWMA's philosophy of community sustainability that includes building community open space. The CGNA is part of a larger initiative by LCSWMA to promote land stewardship.

The CGNA includes 25 acres of wetlands, 85 acres of grasslands and wildflower meadows and 60 acres of forest. Throughout the restoration process, more than 4,300 trees and shrubs were planted to enhance the natural environment.

Five interpretive panels placed throughout the property educate visitors about the American chestnut tree, wildlife, ecological restoration, wetland ecosystem and grassland ecosystem.

The CGNA offers about 4.5 miles of pedestrian and equestrian trails that showcase the diverse landscape. Additionally, visitors can access the Turkey Hill Trail, with extensions two miles north to the Enola Low Grade Rail Trail parking lot and three miles south to Safe Harbor.

The site is open from dawn until dusk and welcomes hikers, horseback riders and leashed dogs. For more information, download the trail map (please allow a few minutes for the map to load) and view event photos.


2015 Wind Tours a Success


On May 30, more than 500 people attended the 5th Annual Spring Wind Tours event hosted by LCSWMA and PPL Renewable Energy. Six free tours of the 3.2 megawatt Wind Project at Turkey Point were offered throughout the day.

Visitors at the event were shuttled from Creswell Park to the wind project site where they were treated to free Turkey Hill Dairy ice cream and iced tea and enjoyed a scenic view of the Susquehanna River. On the way back to the park, visitors had the opportunity to tour our historic Rieber House Welcome Center, a circa 1770 stone farmhouse. Inside, they viewed a time-lapse video of the wind turbine construction.

If you missed this year's tour and would like to attend in 2016, make sure to sign up for our e-newsletter to receive an advanced invitation.

To view event photos, click here.


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