It's recycling time in Pa.

June 23, 1999|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - With more than 90,000 new Sprint telephone books now hitting doorsteps around Franklin County, there are about the same number of outdated books in county homes and businesses.

To help eliminate waste, Franklin County will for the seventh consecutive year collect the phone books at seven locations for recycling. Most of them will end up as livestock bedding, according to County Senior Planner Sherri Clayton.

During the previous six years of the Telephone Book Recycling Program, about 96 tons of the books have found a second use instead of ending up in local landfills.

"That's about 17 percent of the phone books every year," Clayton said.

Clayton said the program has been averaging about 16 tons year, a figure she hopes will increase this year. The collection program runs from July 1 through Aug. 29.


Of the phone books collected each year, most are given to local farmers for use as livestock bedding. Clayton said several tons were also marketed to a company that makes blown insulation from newsprint.

"We've been chopping paper for 6 1/2 years," said Lowell Peckman, owner of Peckman Homstead Farms, St. Thomas, Pa. His farm will be getting the phone books, which he mixes with newspaper.

He said the newspapers and phone books work well as bedding.

Peckman said his farm uses about a ton of bedding a day, so he won't have a problem putting the books to use.

This year, phone books can be dropped off at the following locations:

- Chambersburg Mall, Scotland, Pa., near the mall's theater entrance.

- Giant Food, 993 Wayne Ave., where the dumpster will be in the parking lot behind the store.

- AC&T Fast Gas, 225 North Antrim Way, Greencastle, Pa.

- Mercersburg Borough Hall, 113 S. Main St., behind the building.

- Pleasant Hall Fire Co., 9682 Cumberland Highway, in the lobby of the activity center. Phone books can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

- Washington Township Transfer Station, 12721 Buchanan Trail East, Waynesboro, Pa. Books can be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

- Fannett-Metal Elementary School, 14823 Path Valley Road, Willow Hill, Pa., Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the lobby.

The county commissioners and Planning Department are kicking off the program today at 10 a.m. at the Giant Food location.

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