LEHMAN TWP. – Going "green" while not spending any green was key to the development of Lehman Township's new single-stream recycling center.
The township recently opened its recycling center, which is open to residents of all surrounding communities, at the municipal building complex off Old Route 115. The center is open 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon on the second and fourth Saturday, and 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. every third and fourth Monday, during meeting hours.
It will be closed on holidays.
The idea for the free program was the result of research by Marian DeAngelis, assistant secretary and office manager.
Inspired by supervisors' previous attempts to implement a recycling program, DeAngelis said she began doing research and pulling together quotes from various recycling companies.
Supervisor Douglas Ide said that about four years ago supervisors looked into participating in the Dallas Area Municipal Authority's program, but residents opposed it.
"They wanted their own program," he said. The township, with a population of 3,508, was too small to have a mandated recycling program, Ide said.
Sifting through bids, reading the small print and comparing pricing, one offer stood out. DeAngelis said Solomon Recycling, Wilkes-Barre, offered its services – free.
"We negotiated a free one-year contract with Solomon," Ide said. "It's a good deal for the township, good deal for Solomon and a good deal for the surrounding municipalities."
Solomon provides the container and hauls away the recycling materials at no charge to the municipality or residents, Ide said.
"They make their money on the recycled materials," he said. "If we can make this profitable for them, then in the future, we can expand this to include yard waste. We always wanted to do a spring clean-up program."
Participants are required to follow simple rules as to what materials are allowable and not allowable. To ensure the procedures, security cameras have been installed and the township will prosecute anyone dumping illegally on or near the municipal property.
The single-stream system is easy for people to use. Ide said it eliminates sorting out items.
To make things even more convenient, a 16-gallon recycling bin can be purchased for $10 at the municipal building. DeAngelis said residents requested it, wanting something to put their recyclables in to transport them to the recycling center.
Acceptable items: Plastics no. 1 – 5 and 7, glass bottles and jars; tin cans such as vegetable cans, juice cans, empty aerosol cans; books, phone books; magazines, brochures, junk mail, special file stock; white paper, newspaper and inserts, envelopes, color paper, school paper, three-ply paper; cardboard, juice and milk cartons, cereal boxes, egg cartons, paper board boxes; aluminum cans and foil; pots, pans and small metals.
Unacceptable items: Plastic no. 6, microwave trays or 6-pack holders; ceramics, dishware; drinking glasses; bulbs, mirrors; shredded paper, paper to-go-containers; waxed paper, waxed cardboard; frozen drink or food containers; Hazardous or medical waste, syringes or needles; napkins, paper towels, Styrofoam, stickers and window glass.