Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Want to make a real difference in the world? Consider one of these seven 'green' careers that help protect – and improve – our planet.
- GOING GREEN
Wednesday, May 8
The following story was provided by AOLJobs.com By Debra Auerbach for CareerBuilder Have you ever had an itch to quit your job and instead do work that makes a real difference in the world? In honor of Earth Day, we've compiled a list of seven jobs that help people live a better life – from the buildings they work and live in, to the energy that fuels their homes, to the air they breathe. 1. Conservation scientist: Conservation scientists are hired to help preserve and protect natural habitats. They usually work with landowners and federal, state and local governments to find the best ways to use and improve the land while conserving the environment.* 2. Energy auditor: When a building is cooled or heated, it uses energy. Buildings often…
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Don't curbside that television. Take it to Cheltenham.
Since an official ban on electronic disposal in Montgomery County earlier this year, residents of the county cannot just dump items in the trash. Leaving a television, for example, curbside won't help you. The garbage man can't take it away. Instead, you are asked to visit occasional drop-off days in various locations. The county suggests you stop by one convenient to your home. However, many homeowners might be too anxious to wait. Then what? Where can you dispose of electronics in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania? One spot can help. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), there is only one place that can. Cheltenham Township Cheltenham Township Public Works Facility 8101 Old York Rd. Elkins Park, PA …
Monday, April 1, 2013
Elmwood Park Zoo is collecting candy wrappers, chip bags and more for Terracycle.
Eating through a lot of Easter candy? Make all those candy wrappers earn money for Elmwood Park Zoo by dropping them off at the Admissions counter. The wrappers will be sent to Terracycle, which converts waste into a "wide variety of products and materials," according to their website. Waste is upcycled or recycled to create new products. Besides candy wrappers - including the mini wrappers - Elmwood Park Zoo is collecting stackable yogurt containers, empty toothpaste tubes; chip, pretzel, or tortilla chip bags; energy bar wrappers, juice pouches, cell phone and electronics, keyboards and computer mice and much more. Learn more about what you can bring into Elmwood Park Zoo for recycling here and learn more about Terracycle here.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Or that old computer or printer. New state regulations mean electronics devices can't be thrown out with your garbage.
Planning on using you tax refund to buy that new TV or computer? Great, invite us over to check out when you do. But when it comes time to get rid of the old unit, don't throw it out with the trash. A new state law that took effect in January prohibits trash haulers from taking away "covered devices" – televisions, monitors, computers and laptops or any peripherals like printers or keyboards. The municipality is alerting residents of the new regulations and asking them to dispose of any electronic devices at one of the designated e-waste recycling events sponsored by the county or by eForce Compliance. There's one coming up Saturday, March 9 at the parking lot of St. Helena's, 1489 DeKalb Pike in Blue Bell. Find a list of other area …
Friday, January 25, 2013
Throwing out that old TV? Not so fast, the Pennsylvania Covered Device Recycling Act has taken effect. – Also, a list of upcoming e-waste collection events throughout the county.
Residents and businesses across Montgomery County, and throughout the state, are no longer allowed to toss out their old TVs, computers or other electronic devices with their regular trash pickup. Instead, they will have to adhere to the Pennsylvania Covered Device Recycling Act (CDRA), which was passed in 2010 and went into effect Jan. 24. According to a recent press release by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), unless a municipality has a curbside electronics collection program, trash haulers will not collect electronic devices and its components, and will leave them on the curbside. Such electronic devices must be taken to an electronics collection location for proper recycling. “This law is an important step…
Thursday, November 1, 2012
The commissioners will discuss budget matters and Hurricane Sandy-related clean up efforts.
The Montgomery County Board of Commissioners will meet again today at 10 a.m. in the 8th-floor board room at One Montgomery Plaza in Norristown. While nothing on the agenda is Norristown specific, there's quite of bit of business affecting all county residents on the commissioners' plate, including a discussion of the quarterly budget and the 2013 budget process. The commissioners will also be declaring a state of emergency, according to the agenda, presumably in response to the damage and destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy in our region this week. You can download the full agenda for today's meeting in our PDF section. Just in time for the election, Montgomery County is reviving its campaign sign recycling program. According to a …
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
For sale on Saturday, May 19 at the Greater Plymouth Community Center
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Patch thanks the Montgomery County Office of Communications for the following press release: Montgomery County will host a joint compost bin and rain barrel truckload sale on Saturday, May 19th, 2012 from 8:00AM to 3:00PM. The sale will be taking place at the Greater Plymouth Community Center, 2910 Jolly Rd. Plymouth Meeting, PA. Compost bins, valued at $100, will be available for sale at $45 including tax. Rain barrels, valued at $120 will be available for sale at $55 including tax. Cash, checks and credit cards, Visa or Master Card, will be accepted. “This is a great opportunity for Montgomery County residents to recycle and reuse their food scraps, yard waste and rain water,” said Montgomery County Recycling Director Chris Kaasmann. “…
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Regardless of where the electronics were purchased, Staples is offering consumers and small businesses the opportunity to recycle all brands of office technology.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
The world’s largest technology company, together with Staples, Inc., the world’s largest office products company and second largest e-commerce company, today announced free electronics recycling for all brands of office technology at Staples stores nationwide. Consumers and small businesses can responsibly recycle their electronics every day at Staples locations nationwide, regardless of where the devices were purchased. According to a recent press release on the matter, all Staples locations in the U.S. will participate in this program, except for Staples Copy and Print Shops. “HP is a leader in the technology industry in product reuse and recycling,” said Gabi Zedlmayer, vice president of sustainability and social innovation, HP. “We …
Friday, April 6, 2012
Some common household items could be destined for a second life
Recycle. Reduce. Reuse. Repurpose. You’re sure to hear the green mantra repeatedly over the coming weeks, with Earth Day coming up on April 22. How can you possibly be more eco-friendly? You already recycle every bit of plastic, aluminum and paper that comes through your house, and you bought a million grocery tote bags so you could quit using plastic bags. What about finding new uses for old things? This is especially important if you can reuse and repurpose something that might otherwise be headed to a landfill. Here are some great suggestions for breathing new life into junk. Repurpose wooden spoons – As garden markers. Set your tomatoes apart from your strawberries in organic style! These garden markers will be hardier than the …
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
The multi-county program offers info on where and how to dispose of houshold hazardous waste and electronics.
- PATCH'S HOUSE & HOME
- Gina Wherry
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Happy Spring to all! March was no lion, only a wee lamb, but none-the-less it is officially the vernal equinox has arrived. Many people have already begun to clear their garages, sheds, basements, and storage bins of unwanted clutter. Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be a dirty word though. Just in time comes news from Montgomery County regarding their annual post of dates to recycle and dispose of household hazardous waste (HHW) and electronics. It’s easier now than ever to free yourself from that old, clunky TV or computer monitor. This popular program is provided as a service to county residents. It helps us to properly dispose of the leftover hazardous material sitting around our homes. If you’re selling your home, it is important to …