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Franklin County Commissioners earn award for recycling efforts

December 31, 2001

Franklin County Commissioners earn award for recycling efforts



By STACEY DANZUSO
chbbureau@innernet.net


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A nonprofit environmental organization honored the Franklin County Board of Commissioners this month for its leadership in recycling and other "green" efforts.

The Pennsylvania Alliance for Environmental Education is based in Harrisburg, Pa., and promotes environmental education activities throughout the state.

It presented the commissioners the Green Leadership Award earlier this month.

The award recognizes government officials at the local, state or national level that have demonstrated outstanding support for environmental education in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The commissioners were singled out for their strong environmental policies and consistent education efforts regarding recycling, household hazardous waste and other environmental issues that promote awareness and action for the residents of Franklin County.

Melodie Anderson-Smith, of Renfrew Park in Waynesboro, Pa., nominated the commissioners for the award.

"The Commissioners participate regularly in Renfrew's annual Earth Day Celebration and are supportive of all of the environmental education programs and at Tyamentasachta," which is the Greencastle-Antrim School District Environmental Center, Anderson-Smith said.

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As part of their environmental education agenda, the commissioners released a Family Recycling Guide in April to celebrate Earth Awareness Month.

The guide contains the most comprehensive collection of recycling information available to residents in Franklin County.

The commissioners released the publication in conjunction with its continuing efforts to raise the county's recycling rate to 25 percent of its solid municipal waste. Last year, the county was up to about 21 percent.

A household hazardous waste collection program the last few years has helped boost those numbers.

This year, the commissioners budgeted about $78,000 to pay Curbside, Inc., to pick up residential hazardous waste by appointment.

The commissioners also sponsor a professional theater company to perform educational programs for all of the local school district each year during October, which is recycling month.

This is the first time the commissioners have received the award.

"We are very proud to receive statewide recognition for our effort," said G. Warren Elliott, chairman of the Board of Commissioners. "The knowledge to maintain a safe, clean environment may be the very best legacy we can leave to our children and to the current and future citizens of Franklin County."

The educational program is a component of the countywide comprehensive plan the commissioners adopted in 1999.

- Stacey Danzuso

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