May 2015


In This Issue

Green Your Pet's Routine
CNG Update
Let's Chat
Newsletter Archive
Eco-Friendly Gardening
Don't Put This in Your Trash


Green Your Pet's Routine


Have you ever considered the environmental impact of pet care? From food, toys, grooming products and more, your furry friend's carbon "paw" print can make a big impact.

These helpful tips, courtesy of Seventh Generation, can help keep your pet's routine clean and green.


CNG Update


A year ago this month, LCSWMA opened our compressed natural gas (CNG) project.

Since the project opening, we have experienced significant cost-savings, enjoyed superior truck performance, and helped further community sustainability by offering CNG to commercial fleets through the fast-fill station.

Read more.


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Create an Eco-Friendly Garden


With the arrival of warmer weather, gardening and yard work is in full swing. But before you plant, consider where that flower or shrub came from and what benefits it offers to your garden. The idea of designing a garden with the local environment in mind is called eco-friendly gardening.

For a garden to be considered eco-friendly, it must incorporate the following elements:

  • Use of native plants. Examples for south central Pennsylvania include: butterfly weed, bee balm, mountain mint, asters and goldenrod. Because these types of plants have evolved along with local wildlife, they are better suited to local conditions. Also, consider shopping at nurseries that specialize in the sale of local plants.

  • Conservation of water and energy by grouping plants according to water, sun and soil requirements and using mulch to reduce water evaporation, erosion and weed growth.

  • Minimal use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides. Instead, engage in the practice of integrated pest management (IPM), which is a process used to solve pest problems while minimizing risks to people and the environment. The idea behind IPM is to create conditions that are unfavorable for pests by growing a type of plant that can withstand pest attacks or using disease-resistant species.

  • Recycling of green garden waste such as leaves, weeds or grass by composting, which creates a natural fertilizer for your garden.

  • Provide a habitat for birds, butterflies and other species by installing a birdbath, feeder or choosing nectar and pollen-rich plants for your garden.

  • Some other tips to keep in mind prior to planting include:

  • Determine your climate zone. The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map describes plant types that are most likely to thrive in your location.

  • Know your conditions. Assess rain water flow, wind and the amount of sun your garden regularly gets.

  • Test your soil to determine what nutrients your plants need. Soil testing kits can be purchased through the county offices of Penn State Extension. The office for Lancaster County residents is located at 1383 Arcadia Road, Room 140 Lancaster, PA 17601-3184 while the office for Dauphin County residents is located at 1451 Peters Mountain Road Dauphin, PA 17018-9504.


4 Items That Don't Belong in Your Trash


These days, it's getting harder to distinguish what should and should not be tossed in your trash can. Some items like tissues or food wrappers are easily distinguishable as garbage while other household items are more of a mystery.

Read on to find out what common items don't belong in your trash can and how you can properly dispose of them:

1) Batteries. Some people may consider throwing dead batteries in the garbage. Batteries are considered household hazardous waste and need to be disposed of properly. In Lancaster County, residents can call our main office at 717-397-9968 to request orange battery bags to use for disposal. Once the bag is full, simply place next to your trash can and your hauler will bring them to LCSWMA for recycling. You can also bring batteries to our Household Hazardous Waste Facility, free of charge.

2) Covered Devices. In 2013, Pennsylvania passed a law called the Covered Devices Recycling Act, which prohibits residents from disposing of covered devices as trash. Covered devices include desktop computers, computer peripherals (keyboard, mouse, printer and speakers), televisions and e-readers that browse the internet. You can recycle a maximum of ten covered devices per day at our Household Hazardous Waste Facility for free or contact your local municipality for information on collection programs.

3) Glass Bottles, Steel and Tin Cans, Plastic Bottles or Newspaper: Give your garbage a second life by recycling these items! Place bottles, cans or newsprint in your curbside recycle bin for collection or bring them to one of our Recycling Drop-Off Centers to dispose of for free.

4) Paint, either latex or oil-based, can be brought to our Household Hazardous Waste Facility for free. Empty paint cans or dried paint can be disposed of as regular trash.


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