At the September 15, 2015 Borough Council Meeting the Borough Recycling Committee’s Carl Hursh (right) and Tim Andrews of Weis Market (left) presented Wesley and Amanda Welty (not pictured) of Schoolside Drive with the Borough’s 2015 3rd Quarter Recycle Right Reward. The Welty’s who were unable to attend the meeting, received a $50.00 gift certificate from Weis Market. The Borough is recognizing residents that “Recycle Right” to highlight the Borough’s curbside recycling program and encourage increased participation.
The Welty’s became eligible for the reward as a result of a survey of recycling bins along their neighborhood collection route. Recycling bins that contained only those items identified in the Borough’s Recycling Regulations were identified during the survey, with one winner selected for the reward by random drawing.
The Recycle Right Rewards program is designed to raise awareness of Mechanicsburg’s curbside recycling program. Since the program was announced in April 2014 in conjunction with Earth Day, the Borough’s recycling web page has received nearly 1,400 visits, with 921 of those visits made to the Recycling Regulations page: http://mechanicsburgborough/regulations/.
The Borough’s Citizen’s Recycling Advisory Committee, which operates Recycle Right Rewards, is also seeking to ensure that materials not included in the curbside recycling program are managed properly. Examples include plastic shopping bags, which should be taken to collection bins at grocery stores, and plastic deli and take-out containers, which, if not reusable, should be discarded with trash. Another problem material is StyrofoamTM, for which there are no local recycling options. Foam peanuts may be taken to package shipping stores for reuse, while other forms of bulk foam packaging, foam cups, plates, egg cartons, etc. should be discarded.
Electronic items, especially televisions and computer monitors, are banned from disposal in Pennsylvania and should be recycled. Best Buy stores, The Computer Barn near Carlisle, and the Dauphin County Recycling Center in Harrisburg have approved electronics recycling programs that are accessible to Mechanicsburg residents.
The Recycling Committee is surveying collection routes during February and March to determine the Recycle Right Rewards winners for March and April 2015. In addition to households identified by the surveys, Mechanicsburg residents may nominate a neighbor or other Borough resident for being an exemplary recycler. Nomination forms are available at the Borough Office and may be dropped off at the Borough Office for consideration.
The Borough of Mechanicsburg extends its appreciation to local merchants for their generosity in providing the Recycle Right Reward prizes and supporting recycling in the Borough. The Borough thanks its residents for continuing their proper recycling practices and encourages them to recycle all of the aluminum, glass, paper, plastic and steel items listed in the Borough’sRecycling Regulations.