EAC Newsletter (January): Talkin’ Trash ‘n Recycling

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WHAT IS THE EAC?
The City of Harrisburg has an Environmental Advisory Council or EAC. The purpose of the EAC is to provide environmental advice to the Administration and City Council, and to provide environmental information to the public. The EAC is only a few years old, and is in the process of developing procedures to support the City. The EAC will soon have a website to provide and receive information. The address will be www.harrisburgeac.org.

MEETINGS
The EAC meets the third Thursday of the month. Our meetings start at 9 a.m. and usually last 90 minutes. The EAC meets at the City’s Public Works Building at 1820 Paxton Street.

COMMUNITY FORUMS
The EAC intends to hold community forums every quarter. The next one is Monday, February 22, 2016 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Public Works Building, 1820 Paxton Street. The purpose of this forum is to obtain public input on how best to communicate information about City environmental issues and projects.

RECYCLING
The City of Harrisburg recently invested substantial money from sanitation revenue to upgrade and improve trash hauling and recycling. The City has provided new trash cans and recycling containers to streamline and standardize pick-up and improve efficiency. In addition, the City has purchased a state of the art recycling truck. Supporting Harrisburg’s recycling effort is important for many reasons. Here are a few:

1. It’s easy! Just keep two plastic bags or other containers where you dispose of your trash in your residence. Separate recyclables from trash and put recyclables in one container and non-recyclable trash in a separate container. A complete list of what you should recycle is available on the City’s website [https://cityofharrisburg.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/sections/200667930-Recycling]. Please put tin and aluminum cans, plastic bottles and containers, newspapers and flattened cardboard boxes in the big blue recycling cans the City provided. Diapers should go in the trash, not with recyclables.

2. It saves the City money. The City needs all of us to do our part to help save money. Recycling helps because the City is eligible for grant money based on the amount recycled. And, if everyone recycles, the City avoids paying the $190 per ton fee to dispose of recyclables as waste at the incinerator.

3. It’s good for the environment and helps keep the City clean. Teach your kids. Tell your parents. Keeping the City clean and keeping trash off streets and vacant lots starts at home. Mother Earth and the City of Harrisburg need our help – please do your part!

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