November 2015


In This Issue

Habitat of the Year Award
Mayor's Tree Lighting
Newsletter Archive
New Transfer Building Open
Reduce Food Waste

Wildlife Habitat Council Nomination


LCSWMA's closed Creswell Landfill and active Frey Farm Landfill were nominated by the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) as finalists for its 2015 Corporate Habitat of the Year award.

Nominees for the award represent companies with outstanding WHC Wildlife at Work programs. These voluntary programs, certified by the WHC, aim to create, conserve and restore wildlife habitat on corporate lands.

LCSWMA has been a member of the WHC since 2009.


Visit LCSWMA at the Mayor's Tree Lighting & Tuba Christmas


On Friday, November 27, join LCSWMA and other community partners as we kick-off the holiday season at the Mayor's Tree Lighting & Tuba Christmas celebration, happening at the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The evening includes live entertainment, lighting of the Christmas tree and visits with Santa.

LCSWMA will have a booth in the Marriott's lobby and will be handing out holiday goodies and information.


Past Newsletters


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New Waste Transfer Building Opens in Harrisburg


LCSWMA reached a major milestone in the transformation of the former Harrisburg incinerator site, with the opening of a new 29,800 square-foot facility at the Susquehanna Resource Management Complex (SRMC) in Harrisburg. The building, which officially opened on Monday, November 9, adds transfer, maintenance, and administrative/office capacity to the site.

Constructed to address operational efficiencies and improve customer experience, the $5 million transfer building is primarily being used for construction/demolition waste loads and smaller customer deliveries. This keeps residents and smaller hauling customers off the main tipping floor of the waste-to-energy plant and out of the way of larger garbage trucks. Benefits include improved traffic flow, reduced customer on-site time, and increased safety for customers and LCSWMA staff.

In addition to the new transfer building, LCSWMA has invested approximately $8.6 million in other changes at the SRMC site over the last two years.

Examples include: 1) moving the main site entrance to 19th Street, 2) installation of a new scale house with separate inbound and outbound scales, 3) numerous upgrades to the waste-to-energy plant, and 4) substantial improvements to site aesthetics. These modifications not only enhanced the aesthetics of the site, but also increased site traffic flow and reduced on-site/cueing time by an average of 50 percent.

The transformation of the SRMC demonstrates both LCSWMA's standard of excellence, as well as a commitment to restoring the site into a community asset once again.


Reduce Food Waste This Holiday Season


The holiday season is on the horizon, and with that comes time to gather together, appreciate the good things in life and eat a lot of delicious food. However, in the United States, the majority of that food is wasted.

In fact, between Thanksgiving and the New Year holiday, Americans will waste about five million tons of food, meaning the majority of turkey, holiday cookies and pumpkin pies end up in the trash.

To help reduce food waste, follow these tips:

  • Shop smart: Plan meals, so you know exactly what you need to buy and only purchase items if you have a plan for using them. Another helpful tip is to buy loose produce, so you can purchase the exact amount you need (for instance, buying two potatoes, instead of the whole bag).

  • When cooking, don't over fill your plate: This way, you're able to come back for more, should you want it. However, if you do find yourself with a full plate, save the leftovers for lunch or dinner the next day. Furthermore, be sure to store leftovers properly, so you can enjoy them later.

  • Designate one meal a week as a "use it up" meal: Instead of cooking a new meal, scour your cupboards and fridge for leftovers or food that might otherwise get overlooked. To make this task easier and tastier, consider using this cooking app that uses IBM's supercomputer, Watson, and the Bon Appetite database of more than 10,000 recipes to create a delicious meal using ingredients you already have in your kitchen, thus helping to reduce food waste.

  • Store food properly to maximize its shelf life: For instance, to keep items like cereal, chips and crackers from going stale, store in an airtight container. Other foods such as fruit and produce will stay fresher longer if placed in the crisper drawer with humidity control. Additionally, items that need less refrigeration, like salad dressings or butter, should go in the refrigerator door. To learn more about where food should be placed in your refrigerator, click here.


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