Township honored by state group for recycling efforts

October 07, 2003|by DON AINES

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - For the third year in a row, Washington Township has been named a recipient of a Pennsylvania Waste Watcher Award for its efficient recycling operation, according to Township Manager Mike Christopher.

The award was presented to the township and other municipal governments during a ceremony Friday in Harrisburg, Pa.

On Monday, Christopher told the township board of supervisors that only a handful of townships in the state received the award, which is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and three private recycling associations.

Most of the other winners were large municipalities, including counties or cities, he said.

Christopher said the township's recycling center recycled more than 3,600 tons of aluminum and steel cans, cardboard, paper, plastic, glass and other materials in 2002. Only about 100 tons, or 3 percent of what the recycling center took in, ended up going into a landfill, Christopher said.

To be eligible for the award, Christopher said recycling operations had to have an efficiency rate of more than 90 percent.


"Most of the weight that is lost in recycling is glass," Christopher said.

Last year, however, the township recycled more than 900 tons of glass.

The plaque the township received was made of recycled products, although a sticker on the back indicated it came from a company in Connecticut.

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