Don't Throw It Away!
Before you throw away that piece of trash, consider recycling it first. More than just plastics, cans, and newspapers, there are numerous items that can be salvaged and recycled to create new products. Plus, it's easier than you think.
LCSWMA recommends visiting Earth911®.com when you want to recycle materials other than single stream recyclables (newsprint, glass, plastic bottles, aluminum and steel cans). This website offers valuable information on exactly what you can recycle and where. Earth911® provides consumers with relevant, up-to-date recycling resources. Their directory contains recycling information for over 300 materials, along with over 1 million ways to recycle and lots of other helpful information. Use their quick search function by simply entering the type of material you want to recycle and your zip code. From there, Earth911® will search its extensive directory and provide a list of places that accept that material, along with contact information. Or, you can explore preset categories to discover materials you hadn't thought of recycling before.
LCSWMA, along with other corporate and industry partners, works with Earth911® to maintain and update the website on a daily basis. We want everyone to know that recycling is easy, fun, and incredibly beneficial for our environment. Join the movement. Click here to learn more.
Recycling typically requires less energy than producing goods from virgin material.
Helping to Power Lancaster County
Did you know that LCSWMA generates enough renewable energy to power 1 in 6 Lancaster County homes? You may be surprised to learn that, considering our main purpose is to manage the county's solid waste. However, when many people see trash, we see ENERGY. In fact, most of the post-recycling trash generated in Lancaster County is burned at our Waste-to-Energy Facility and turned into electricity. WOW!
When trash is delivered to LCSWMA by private haulers, the "garbage" is transferred to our Waste-to-Energy Facility where it functions as fuel. As the trash burns, the combustion process produces heat. The heat is used to boil water and create steam, which spins a turbine and creates electricity. Part of the electricity generated powers the facility, while the majority is exported to a utility company and is used to power 30,000+ area homes and businesses. Click here to learn more.
Generating renewable energy helps to diversify our energy supply, reduce some types of pollution, decrease our dependence on fossil fuels, and create more jobs.
Caring for Our Earth
Our Earth's resources are waning rapidly. Now is the time to look closely at our habits and lifestyles to determine what we can change to help the environment. One area of concern is our daily use of products that contain harmful or dangerous chemicals.
Everything that goes into the trash, onto our yard, and down the drain must go somewhere. Have you stopped to think where those chemicals may end up? What about our waterways, streams, and rivers? Those toxins have a devastating effect on the environment. Try switching to green products, which are often made from plant-based solutions and safe for the environment. The following are some suggestions to get you started:
Don't dispose of those hazardous materials in the trash or flush them down the drain. Bring all of your hazardous waste to LCSWMA—FREE OF CHARGE—and we'll process those materials in an environmentally safe manner. Click here to learn more.
If each home in the United States replaced a single regular light bulb with a compact fluorescent (CFL) bulb that would be the same as taking 1,000,000 cars off the road.
Leading by Example
LCSWMA continually seeks ways in which we can improve our operations and take a more green approach to our business practices. One green initiative currently underway is the solar project at our Transfer Station Complex on Harrisburg Pike in Lancaster.
Over the last few months, you might have noticed workers on the tops of our buildings. No, they aren't replacing the roof system. They are actually installing solar panels on the Transfer Station building, Small Vehicle Drop-Off building, Equipment Maintenance building, and Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) facility. Soon, we'll be installing solar powered car ports at the HHW facility as well.
What does solar power have to do with managing waste? Everything! The power generated by this solar project will offset 80% of our annual electricity needs at the Transfer Station Complex. This means less demand on our limited energy resources, just by utilizing a readily available source of energy… the sun. Click here to learn more.
LCSWMA doesn't provide your curbside trash pick-up. We manage the trash once it's delivered to us by private haulers. For questions on trash collection and recycling in your community, contact your particular municipality for more information.