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Turn the Tide on Trash

July 08, 2016 ·

A trip to the beach is a great way to relax, rejuvenate and surround yourself with the beauty of nature.

Unfortunately, the natural beauty of the beach is often disturbed by the presence of litter. In fact, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), approximately 1.4 billion pounds of trash ends up in our oceans each year. This also impacts the health of aquatic ecosystems, including marine animals.

Help keep the sand and surf at your favorite beach clean by utilizing these tips:

Snack the Smart Way

Instead of reaching for a plastic bottle from the snack stand when you get thirsty, consider packing a stainless steel bottle. Not only will this type of container keep your drink extra cold, but it’s reusable too.  Speaking of keeping cool, trade in your Styrofoam cooler for a reusable one to prevent pieces of Styrofoam from breaking off and ending up in the water.

When packing snacks, buy in bulk from the grocery store to avoid packaging waste and store in reusable containers such as mason jars or reusable snack bags. Another option is to make your own snacks that don’t require any type of wrapping or packaging like fruit leather, popsicles or granola bars.

Choose a Safer Sunscreen

Sunscreen is essential for outdoor summer fun, but when sunscreen washes off in the ocean, it can leave chemical residue behind that is harmful to marine life, especially coral reefs. Find the best sunscreen options here and don’t forget to recycle your empty sunscreen bottle.

Leave the Beach in the Same Condition You Found it or Better

A large portion of marine trash is created by beachgoers. Some of the most commonly littered items at the beach include cigarettes, food wrappers/containers and plastic beverage bottles.

Any items left on the beach can be blown into the ocean, picked up by waves or washed into the water when it rains. Make sure to not leave anything behind. Pack up all beach toys and use designated receptacles to dispose of trash and recyclables. If you fish, be sure to properly dispose of fishing line and nets, which can entangle, injure and drown marine wildlife.

Have fun this summer and help protect our precious oceans and waterways. For information on how you can help our local gateway to the ocean, the Chesapeake Bay, click here

Tags: Green Tips · Litter Abatement

Let's Cleanup Central PA!

March 04, 2016 ·

Spring is a time for renewal, so this year, help renew the environment by organizing a cleanup or beautification event in your community as part of the Great American Cleanup of PA (GACU), happening March 1 through May 31.

During the GACU, residents from across the state gather together to clean up litter and trash along roadsides, streams, beaches, parks, forests and neighborhoods. In addition to litter pickup, groups can also hold recycling drives or plant trees and flowers.

Groups such as community and civic associations, schools and youth groups, families and friends, business employees, hunting and fishing clubs, conservation organizations, sports teams and more can register a cleanup event online in order to receive supplies and equipment, free of charge.

Registered events can obtain complimentary cleaning supplies such as gloves, bags and vests from the PennDot District Office by calling (717) 299-7621. 

Additionally, event coordinators should reach out to Barb Baker (bbaker@lcswma.org) who coordinates the Keep Lancaster County Beautiful program (an initiative of LCSWMA), prior to a cleanup event for information on free disposal of litter at any one of LCSWMA’s facilities.

This annual cleanup event is sponsored by Keep America Beautiful, and since its inception in 2004, almost two million volunteers have picked up more than 87,000 million pounds of litter and waste from 160,000 miles of roads, waterways, shorelines and trails.

 

Tags: Recycling · Litter Abatement

Let's Rethink Litter

November 02, 2015 ·

Each year, the City of Lancaster pays an estimated $2.1 million to clean up litter and illegal dumps. In an effort to help residents consider the impact of litter on the environment and in our community, LCSWMA and several community partners came together to bring the Litter Letter Project to Lancaster.

Established two years ago by designer and educator Rachael Hatley, the Litter Letter Project is a 3-D public art project that seeks to provoke response, thought and action regarding the impact of litter.

Since its inception in 2013, the Litter Letter Project has spread to four other states - Tennessee, Arizona, Iowa and Pennsylvania. Lancaster is the third city in Pennsylvania to adopt the concept.

Using life-size letters constructed out of chicken wire and rebar, Lancaster community groups collected litter from local streets and parks, filling each letter as a visual symbol of how littering affects neighborhoods. More than 130 bags of litter were used to fill the six-foot high letters.

The letters, installed on the front lawn of J.P. McCaskey High School, spell the word "ReTHINK" and will remain in place through November in hopes of catching people's attention and urging them not to litter. 

 

Tags: Authority Projects · Litter Abatement

Let's Clean Up Lancaster!

March 12, 2015 ·

Spring cleaning applies to more than just closets, cupboards, basements and garages. Take that spotless spirit outside during the annual Great American Cleanup of PA presented by Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful.

From March 1 through May 31, residents from across the state come together to cleanup roadsides, streams and forests in an effort to make their communities cleaner and greener. From picking up trash and litter to organizing recycling drives or planting trees and flowers, there are numerous ways to help beautify your neighborhood.

Groups such as community and civic associations, schools and youth groups, families and friends, business employees, hunting and fishing clubs, conservation organizations, sports teams and more can register a cleanup event online in order to receive supplies and equipment, free of charge.

Registered events can obtain complimentary cleaning supplies such as gloves, bags and vests from the PennDot District Office by calling (717) 299-7621. 

Additionally, event coordinators should reach out to Barb Baker (bbaker@lcswma.org) who coordinates the Keep Lancaster County Beautiful program (an initiative of LCSWMA), prior to a cleanup event for information on free disposal of litter at any one of LCSWMA’s facilities.

Since the inception of this event in 2004, more than 1.5 million volunteers have picked up 80 million pounds of litter and waste. 146,000 miles of roads, waterways, shorelines, and trails have been cleaned, and more than 136,000 trees, bulbs, and flowers have been planted. 

For more information on how you can participate visit www.gacofpa.org.

Tags: Community Events · Litter Abatement · Recycling

Litter Pick-Up Around Our Facilities

September 12, 2014 ·

If you’ve ever driven on Harrisburg Pike between the Lancaster Post Office and Franklin & Marshall College around 7 or 8 o’clock in the morning, you may have noticed an individual in a safety green shirt or vest, picking up litter along the roadway. That’s a LCSWMA staff member who cleans up litter along the roadway every day. This happens at all four LCSWMA facilities as part of our daily operations.

We believe in serving Lancaster County and Dauphin County with excellence, and part of that service is being a good neighbor, both in terms of caring for our sites and the surrounding areas. We take pride in our communities and want to contribute to the neighborhoods in which our sites are located by maintaining the visual aesthetics of each site and controlling litter.

Another method we employ to keep roadways clean, is requiring that all vehicles carrying trash to our facilities be covered to prevent litter from escaping. Similarly, all our transfer trucks are checked, prior to leaving the Transfer Station, to ensure that all trash is securely inside the trailer. And at our landfill, nets installed around the tipping face capture any blowing trash.  

Though these measures may seem small, they make a big impact on the cleanliness of our communities and our environment. In fact, in 2013, LCSWMA employees collected more than 7,600 pounds of waste from area roadways and completed 38 cleanups. 

 

 

Tags: Litter Abatement