Pa. phone book recycling effort gets under way

July 01, 2002

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Franklin County Commissioners kicked off their 2002 telephone book recycling campaign Thursday at the Peckham Homestead Farm, 961 Peckham Drive.

Since 1993, the county has collected more than 148 tons of used telephone books through the program. Collected books are delivered to Peckham Homestead Farm, where they are shredded and used for animal bedding, Franklin County Planner Phil Vogemuth said in a prepared statement.

The Peckhams shred approximately one ton of paper material, such as telephone books and newspapers, for their dairy herd each day.

Waste material is then fully recycled through crop field application, Vogemuth said.

Countywide collection of telephone books will be held from July 1 through Aug. 31. Drop-off points are at the following locations:



  • Franklin County Planning Department, 218 N. Second St., between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

  • Weis Market, Wayne Avenue, container will be located in the parking lot.


  • AC&T, North Antrim Way, container will be located in the parking lot.


  • Mercersburg Borough Building, container will be located in the parking lot behind the building.

    Pleasant Hall

  • Pleasant Hall Fire Department, 9722 Cumberland Highway, drop off books in the activity center lobby from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.


  • Chambersburg Mall, the container will be located near the theater entrance.


  • Food Lion, South Fayette Street, container will be located in the parking lot.


  • Waynesboro Mall, container will be located in the parking lot

  • Washington Township Recycling Center, Pa. 16 east of Waynesboro, drop off books at the recycling building, 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

    Willow Hill

  • Fannett-Metal Elementary School, Path Valley Road, drop off books in the lobby, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays.

Also, the commissioners will join Sprint and the Franklin County Literacy Council for a one-day Recycle for Literacy event July 27 from 8 a.m. to noon at Southgate Shopping Center in Chambersburg. Sprint will donate $1 to the council for every telephone book collected (up to $3,000) during the four-hour campaign. Last year, the council earned $3,000 from Sprint by collecting 5,500 books in four hours.

The county will provide telephone book collection for businesses that have a large amount of books to recycle for the first time this year. For more information on that effort, call the planning office at 717-261-3855 by Aug. 9.

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