Recycling events coming up
Back in the March column, we talked about the recycling events we normally have in May where we take in hard-to-recycle items like refrigerators, electronic devices, clothes, and books. We told how we were going to have to postpone them this year because of the situation with electronics. Our usual vendor for that, Unicor, was moving from the Lewisburg Penitentiary to Minersville, and things were up in the air.
Well, I’m glad to report that Unicor has resumed operations in Minersville and has agreed to handle our electronic devices. With that in mind, we have scheduled our recycling events for October 6 and 7 at the Monroe Township shed and October 13 and 14 at the carnival grounds in Beavertown. We will charge $5 for every vehicle or person/group coming in to recycle electronic devices and, like last year, $10 for every electronic device with a cathode ray tube (CRT) in it. This includes old TVs and computer monitors with the bulbous tubes in them. The $5 charge is to cover transportation costs for shipping the electronics to Unicor in Minersville, and the $10 fee covers what Unicor charges us to process CRT devices. There will be no charge for bringing in refrigeration devices, clothes, or books.
Weis recycling efforts
The folks at Weis Markets recently invited us in for a presentation on their sustainability efforts. We started at their headquarters in Sunbury and then stepped out for a tour of their store on Route 522 in Selinsgrove. It was good to hear that a major component of their efforts come in the form of recycling. In 2015, they recycled more than 33,850 tons of materials, an increase of 2.5 percent over 2014. This included corrugated cardboard, mixed office paper, and plastic bags, among other things. They have recently added rigid plastics, batteries, and cooking oil to their list of recyclables, which now includes more than 20 commodities. Plastic bags are recycled into various items such as lumber, playground equipment, patio decking, and park benches. Weis sells spring water in bottles made of 100 percent recycled PET plastic. Waxed corrugated cardboard goes to Enviro-Log, which turns it into fireplace logs that Weis sells.
But perhaps the most interesting display of recycling came at the Selinsgrove store, where Weis has a tank for storing food waste such as leftovers from the salad bar. A company they contract with comes by and unloads the contents and ships them to an anaerobic digestion plant in Lancaster where they are turned into energy.
It’s good to see a local corporate citizen committing to reduce its carbon footprint…and using recycling extensively to do it.
Snyder County Recycling Coordinator
Snyder County Solid Waste Management Authority