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                                                    About Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful-2022-Great-American-Cleanup-Toolkit_Updated-Final.pdf 

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful mission is empowering Pennsylvanians to make our communities clean and beautiful. Since 1990, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and its volunteers have removed over 141 million pounds of litter from Pennsylvania’s roadways, greenways, parks, forests, and waterways. To learn more about Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, visit www.keeppabeautiful.org.  

For more information on programs, initiatives and special events, visit the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful website. Please feel free to keep them in the loop on any clean-ups you are planning, they will be happy to help you with supplies, promotion, or logging the information. Planting, educational events, invasive species management, and any other beautification projects also qualify.

Also visit the Illegal Dump Free PA website for more ideas on how to clean up communities and keep them clean. 

 Also try Luzerne County Keep NEPA Beautiful - Janet Sweeney- 570-718-6507  or Rachael Stark-570.905.7391– PA.  Environmental Council 175 Main Street Luzerne, PA  18709.     

         LOOKING TO DO A CLEAN-UP?  CHECK OUT THE INFORMATION BELOW                                                                                  10 Steps to Organizing an Illegal Dump Cleanup provides step by step direction, from surveying the site to long-term maintenance. Click here to download a copy.   https://www.keeppabeautiful.org/programs/pick-up-pa/organize-an-event/  Also try https://www.keeppabeautiful.org/grants-awards/grants/healing-the-planet-grant/healing-the-planet-2021/     


Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off

SATURDAY JUNE 25th-HHW DAY

CASH ONLY, MUST HAVE EXACT AMOUNT OF MONEY

Residents can CALL 570-929-1793 -DROP OFFS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

**There is a fee when dropping off HHW; see chart below.

***  This is a FLAT FEE, per PERSON, per appointment; $25.00

The following wastes will be accepted:

Kerosene, up to 5 gallons

Gasoline, up to 5 gallons

Latex, paint up to 5 gallons

Oil based paint, up to 5 gallons

Aerosol Cans up to 20 cans 

ROSE KELLY, OFFICE MANAGER

Hazleton Oil & Environmental, Inc., 300 Tamaqua Street, Hazleton, PA 18201

P: 570-929-1793       F: 570-929-3048

Email: info@hazletonoil.com  Website: www.hazletonoil.com 

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RECYCLING WORKS

     The People of Luzerne County are recycling at a rate near 50%!  That means the people, businesses and schools of Luzerne County are separating their daily waste and only throwing away half of it.  The rest is going to manufacturing companies to be recycled into new products.  Proof that teamwork from EVERYONE works when it comes to recycling. THANK YOU!

Studies show the average American generates approximately 4 lbs of waste per day.  The PA Department of Environmental Protection [PA DEP] assigns 0.8 ton of waste per person per year.  That figures includes commercial waste.  What we pull out of the waste stream and recycle or reuse is up to each of us.  Businesses and municipalities report recycling tonnage to the state each year.  That’s our recycling %!  Thank you, thank you, Thank you everyone for doing your part.  

Thanks to your efforts the People of Luzerne County are saving natural resources; cutting landfill costs; and creating jobs by Recycling and Reducing our waste!

BUYER BEWARE

    Can the container that a product comes in be recycled?  Think about that the next time you are purchasing something.  Think also if the town you are living in currently accepts this particular item in their recycling program.  Typical items that are acceptable for recycling are plastic #1 & #2 bottles, cardboard, newspapers, glass, aluminum and steel and bi-metallic cans.  Does every town that recycles accept the same items? No, they do not, which is why we suggest calling your local municipality to see what is and isn’t acceptable to place in your recycling container.  Most important is to remember to rinse out your containers and make sure they are free of any liquids or food particles.  By doing this, you help it get farther down the recycling chain instead of spreading contamination, causing  all items to end up in the landfill. 

THREE POWERFUL WORDS MEAN SO MUCH 

     Reduce, Reuse, Recycle..these three words have been the mantra for anyone that has been involved with recycling.  What do these three words really mean? By doing these simple steps you are helping to save the planet by saving our natural resources!  You also help create jobs in material recovery facilities,(MRF), create new products from old ones and most import help "Close-The-Loop" on the whole recycling process!   

WHAT IS MADE FROM RECYCLED MATERIALS?  Toys, playground equipment, notebooks, pens, pencils, filling for sleeping bags, some fleece products, mulch, carpeting, metal appliances, parts for automobiles, bottles, jars and tile are all examples of what can be made from recycling simple items such as plastic, paper, aluminum, steel and glass.  So the next time you go to throw away an item, look for the symbol and take a moment to think what this product was and what this product could be made into.
 

REDUCING LANDFILL COSTS IS SIMPLE MATH

     When you recycle an item you are not throwing it in the garbage.  By removing items such as metals, glass, plastic, newspapers and cardboard from your garbage you are not putting out as many bags. When you put out less for refuse pick up you are paying less. Simply put- Increasing recycling tonnage decreases the cost of waste disposal at a landfill.  Ask anyone who pays for garbage, generally there is either a per-bag limit or you are paying a per-bag fee, either way it is costly. 

DID YOU KNOW

  • Yard-waste which includes grass clipping, leaves, branches and shrubs take up 25% of landfill space?  
  • Environmentally friendly ingredients used for cleaning include baking soda, corn starch, lemon juice, salt and vinegar are just a few of the items that almost everyone already has in their home?  Go to https://www.proprecycles.org for more tips on how to use these products.

  • Clay-base kitty litter can be used to solidify paint? Pour enough in can to absorb paint and leave lid off to let dry.
  • Vinegar in a spray bottle works just as well on weeds in sidewalks, driveways and patios-and is safe for the environment.
  • Plastic bags do NOT belong in your recycling bin.  Please take to a local grocery store as many, if not all local stores have a container at the front of the store where you may drop these bags off-for recycling, of course.