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On behalf of the Luzerne County Solid Waste Management Department, I thank participants and supporters for the important contributions that made our 2013 recycling programs such a huge success.
This year, our June e-cycling, (electronics), collections in Butler Township and Hanover Township brought in a combined 519,757 pounds of electronic equipment that might otherwise have been disposed of illegally.
In October, we experienced another very popular tire collection. Our two, tire drop-off sites saw close to 1,000 residents drop off 18,715 tires weighing a collective 374,300 pounds (187.15 tons). Those tires will not be littering our roadsides or wilderness areas!
The 11-year combined collection totals of 4,698,266 pounds of electronics and 207,103 tires that were recycled by the people of Luzerne County is truly an environmental success.
The staff of the Solid Waste Management Department would not have been able to conduct this successful program without financial support from the state Department of Environmental Protection. Collaborating with the county to ensure the collection’s success were the Hanover Area School Board, administrators and maintenance supervisor, along with the Butler Township Board of Supervisors and the Butler Township Fire Department who provided and maintained the sites used for the collections.
The Luzerne County Association of Pennsylvania State Constables provided important traffic control, and participants in the Luzerne County Community Service Program and employees from Luzerne County Buildings and Grounds and the Department of Environmental Protection were responsible for gathering survey information.
As you can see, this was truly a team effort.
We sincerely thank everyone who made this event successful, including the thousands of Luzerne County residents who value our environment and took action to make it better.
The efforts of recycling are not limited to only our summer and fall collections, and we would like to remind everyone to please do their part to reduce, reuse, recycle and most importantly buy products made with recycled content.
Beth M. DeNardi
Luzerne County recycling coordinator