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Battery Recycling!

In 2018, the Lower Gwynedd Township Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) initiated a battery recycling program through Battery Solutions.  This program ensures that end-of-life management of batteries from collection to recycling is done in a compliant manner with respect to the environment. The battery collection tube is conveniently located in the vestibule of the township building for easy drop-off.

Battery Recycling Results 2018:

  • 371 total pounds of batteries were recycled and included the following categories:
  • Alkaline/Zinc Carbon-116: 309 pounds
  • Alkaline-127 (Large): 52 pounds
  • Mixed Buttons: 10 pounds

Battery Recycling Results 2019:

  • 643 pounds of batteries were recycled thus far and include the following categories:
  • Alkaline/Zinc Carbon: 605 pounds
  • Lithium: 5 pounds
  • Nickel Metal Hydride: 6 pounds
  • Lead VRLA Small- 201: 27 pounds

For more information and to learn about the benefits of battery recycling and the types of batteries we accept, please visit the Battery Solutions website @ https://www.batterysolutions.com

EAC NEWS & EVENTS

Save Your Batteries!

And bring them to the township building for recycling!  The Lower Gwynedd Environmental Advisory Council installed a battery receptacle in the breezeway and invites township residents to dispose of your household batteries there rather than sending them to the landfill.   

Household batteries include standard alkaline, nickel cadium (NiCd), lithium, button batteries and more (no car batteries!).  Some small electronics like cell phones are also accepted.

Please see specific instructions (you may need to tape and/or bag certain batteries) and a list of acceptable batteries at the receptacle, which is located next to the prescription medicine receptacle in the breezeway of the township building. 

Batteries What We Accept

Growing Greener Basin Naturalization Project- Phase 2

Lower Gwynedd Township began Phase 2 of the Basin Naturalization Project, which is funded through the Growing Greener Grant. The two Township-owned basins located in the open space area of the Spring House Farms Development were retrofitted as part of this project. The slideshow below was presented by the EAC to give a background and overview of the entire project.

EAC-Basin Project Slideshow

 SHF Basin

 

Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) Information

Below are numerous links to articles, websites, guides, etc. all pertaining to the Spotted Lanternfly that the Lower Gwynedd Township's Environmental Advisory Council has compiled. These links are meant to provide helpful and factual information to the residents of Lower Gwynedd Township.

SLF Links:

Spotted Lanternfly Alert-Winter 2019

Spotted Lanternfly Located in Lower Gwynedd Township Article

Spotted Lanternfly Life Cycle

Penn State Extension- Spotted Lanternfly Presentation

Penn State Extension-Spotted Lanterfly Information

Spotted Lanternfly Management for Homeowners

LGT EAC- Spotted Lanternfly Report

Pest Alert Flyer

Spotted Lanternfly Informational Links

 

Recycling Information

Do's & Dont's of Reycling

Recycling Chart

Helpful Hints in Addition to Recycling for Residents/Waste Management:

When planning to dine out, bring reusable and recyclable containers to package up all leftovers.  The containers can be washed and reused many times.  In doing so, you avoid having the restaurant use Styrofoam, non-recyclable aluminum tins, saran wrap or aluminum foil.  

Keep a cloth bag with several reusable containers in your car at all times and bring with you to the dining establishment or to your get together.  This practice is easy and very environmentally friendly!

Recycling for Residents/Waste Management

How To Make Sure Your Recycling Gets Recycled/Five Thirty EightRecycling Poster 

Thinking of starting a recycling program at your place of business?

Commercial Brochure

www.RecycleOftenRecycleRight.com

You can recycle that?!?

Hopefully you already know that you can put many items in your Waste Management bin for weekly curbside pickup. If you’re not sure you can check www.recycleoftenrecycleright.com to confirm whether something can be put in your bin. But did you know that there are items that should NOT be put in this bin, but that can still be recycled locally? Two of these items are:

Plastic films – this includes plastic shopping bags that you get at the grocery store and other retailers when you don’t bring a reusable bag (which really is the best option!). But did you know that you can also recycle the overwrap on beverage container cases (like cases of water or sports drinks) or paper toiletry products like paper towels, toilet paper, etc.; bread bags; dry cleaning bags; zip-top food storage bags; inflatable packing pillows (deflate them first); newspaper bags; and produce bags.  Many local grocery stores (Giant and Wegman’s) that pack your groceries in plastic bags have a collection bin just inside their entrance where you can deposit the plastic film material that you collect. Visit https://www.plasticfilmrecycling.org for more information on recycling plastic film.  Please note, you should not put any sort of plastic bags in your recycling bin, even bags that you use to collect the recycling. Dump the loose recycled items into the bin, and use the bag again for the next collection. Plastic bags can tangle up and jam the sorting equipment used in the single stream recycling process.

#6 Foam  - White styrofoam, usually marked with a #6 chasing arrows recycling symbol, can be dropped off at Northeast Foam Recycling, 1370 Welsh Road, North Wales (the lobby of the Northeast Fitness Solutions warehouse at the corner of Welsh Rd. and Park Dr., across from LGT’s Oxford Park). This type of foam is often in shipping boxes or other boxes containing electronics or furniture to keep it from moving around inside the box. Perishable shipments like medicine and food are also frequently contained in coolers made with this type of foam.  The foam must be clean and dry, should indent easily (not “bounce” back if you stick a finger into it) and snap or break if you try to bend it.  Foam cannot be colored, should not be spongy, and packing peanuts are not accepted. For more information check out www.facebook.com/Northeastfoamrecycling/

Recycling at Ambler Weavers Coop with TerraCycle

TerraCycle has a collection bin located on the sidewalk and in the front of the Weavers Way Coop building.  The collection bin lists items being recycled.

Some items typically non-recyclable can be recycled through TerraCycle. 

As of May, 2019, the following items are being recycled:

  • Tooth brushes
  • Empty toothpaste tubes
  • Shampoo and cream rinse containers
  • Body cream bottles
  • Plastic, vitamin supplemental bottles
  • Snack and chip bags (e.g., pretzel, granola bags)
  • Foil wrapped plastic bags (e.g., energy bars)
  • Plastic bags inside of cereal and cracker boxes
  • Plastic razors and packaging

***All items must be empty and cleaned prior to dropping off for recycling

***Items being recycled may change so check before dropping off

 

REDUCE – REUSE – RECYCLE

We’ve all heard this mantra of the green movement. The third tenant, recycling, is commonplace; we can put metals, glass, plastics, and paper in our curbside recycling bins (although can always do a better job of getting more items in there), and there are collections for other items that can’t be put in curbside bins like our recent electronics recycling event. REDUCE and REUSE may be a bit more challenging and require more creativity, but they are not hard, and we have many local resources to assist in our efforts. Not creating waste to start with is the first step, and reusing items is a great way to do this. 

There are a number of local, online networks were you can post items that you are no longer using, but still have life left in them, so instead of throwing them out, you can find someone else who can reuse them. Or before buying something new, take a look and see if anyone is looking to gift the item you are thinking about buying, or even look to buy it used. If you are on Facebook there is a new group called Buy Nothing Ambler/Blue Bell/Lower Gwynedd Township, PA (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1278395978933297/); there are local Freecycle.org boards with which you can connect on your desktop computer or download the Trash Nothing app to connect a number of local Freecycle sites in one place, and the online marketplace Craigslist.com has a Free section on the For Sale board (https://philadelphia.craigslist.org/d/free-stuff/search/zip). These resources are for free items, and there are even more items that can be found for sale online or at local thrift stores, so you can purchase used instead of buying new. And you can donate items you would like to get rid of that can still be used by someone else. Local thrift stores have drop-off times to take items, or if they are large (like furniture) some may even come pick them up. Many local organizations will come pick up bags of clothing and household items as well, just google “local clothing donation” for a number of groups that you can schedule to pick up.

There are so many resources available, and so many people willing to take your unwanted items, so please before just dumping something in the garbage spend a little time to see if someone else could use it. It’s a shame to fill our landfills with usable items.

 

Other Helpful Environmental Articles and Links:

Bamboo Thugs Article

Stormwater: Nuisance or Natural Resource? Article

Slow the Flow! Rain Barrels and Water Conservation in the Garden

Lawn Care Guide-Low Maintenance Yard for Homeowners

Lawn and Garden Care to Protect Pollinators

 

 

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Welcome to Bird Town!
What Do Those Signs Mean?

By Steven Saffier, Audubon Pennsylvania

Lower Gwynedd township has become the 24th Audubon Bird Town in Pennsylvania and the fifth in Montgomery County. The Township’s Environmental Advisory Council, will work closely with Audubon Pennsylvania and community partners to provide information to residents on ways to create healthier, more sustainable and bird-friendly landscapes while addressing issues such as stormwater management and pesticide usage.

The township is in the Wissahickon watershed, an area of land that contains quality habitat and a critical part of the Atlantic Flyway, the super-highway of bird migration. Lower Gwynedd, with its open space, trail system, and wooded developments, provides rich resources to wildlife and opportunities for people experience nature in their backyard and beyond.

Homes and other properties can be an important part of healthy habitat and can be recognized through Audubon’sBird Habitat Network; residents can register their property, learn more about how to care for the nature around them, and receive incentives such as a business discount card. Homeowners can go to http://pa.audubon.org and select the “register your yard” button to start. There is useful information on the website to help you improve your ecological footprint.

Stewardship workshops, bird walks, and other presentations are being scheduled for Bird Town residents. Please check the website and be sure to like us on Facebook (birdtownpa) where updates are posted.

Township Newsletters

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Mission Statement:

To educate, facilitate and promote sustainable practices within Lower Gwynedd Township and the greater community through educational workshops and programs, articles and community events.

Who We Are:

Lower Gwynedd Township residents dedicated to ensuring a greater quality of life for our community through educational outreach, involvement and best practices.

Contact us at EAC@lowergwynedd.org.

Like us on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/LowerGwyneddEAC/

 

Current Program Development and Ongoing Initatives

  •  Organize and offer stormwater management events:
    • Rain barrel workshops and giveaways (summer and fall 2018)
    • Native plant giveaways and corresponding outreach (2015-2018)
    • Develop articles regarding sustainable practices for inclusion in the spring and fall township newsletters
    • Provide “how to” steps and information regarding stormwater management practices on township website
  • Promote the Four Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Recover
  • Educational outreach to encourage residents, schools and businesses to promote sustainable practices
  • Support Lower Gwynedd Township's annual e-waste collection events
  • Promote the use of reusable water bottles and cloth shopping bags
  • Encourage active participation in wildlife habitat creation and preservation
  • Provide stormwater management awareness and education
  • Support the recycling efforts of businesses in Lower Gwynedd Township:
    • "I Like the Pike"
    • Revitalization in accordance with sustainable / green infrastructure practices
  • Partner with Wissahickon School District on sustainable projects with the goal of student body involvement
  • Battery recycling program

 

ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORY COUNCIL INITIATIVES AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Growing Greener Watershed Protection Grant:

  • Facilitated application for 2016 Growing Greener grant
  • Educational outreach pertaining to Basin Naturalization Projects / Rain Garden

Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) Invasive Leaf Hopper:

  • Management options for homeowners/businesses
  • Walks and talks regarding the SLF
  • Promote measures to extinguish

Naturalized Landscapes:

  • Low maintenance homeowner lawn care practices
  • Promote benefits of utilizing native plants and removing invasive plant species
  • Encourage active wildlife habitat creation and preservation
  • Educational outreach regarding the benefits of pollinators and how to ensure their survival
  • Native plant plug and tree giveaways at township and community events
  • Mike McGrath (You Bet Your Garden) presentation and community event on organic and sustainable lawn care practices
  • Planted native tree species at the historic Ingersoll / Clayton House
  • Provided instruction on proper composting techniques and tree planting and care instruction techniques at community event

Stormwater Management (SWM):

  • Educational outreach regarding SWM and naturalized landscapes
  • Rain Barrel workshops and rain barrel giveaways
  • Provide “how to” steps and information regarding SWM on township website
  • Sponsored a SWM community event featuring workshops, hands-on-activities, educational outreach and participation from residents and local and regional organizations
  • Installed a rain garden at the Ingersoll / Clayton House

Recycling:

  • Do's & Don’ts of recycling
  • Promote the Four Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Recover
  • Helpful hints in addition to standard recycling 
  • Battery Recycling program

Sustainable Practices:

  • Educational outreach to encourage residents, schools and businesses to promote sustainable practices
  • Promote use of reusable water bottles and cloth shopping bags
  • Develop township newsletter articles regarding environmental concerns and sustainable practices
  • Support township’s annual e-waste collection events
  • Partner with Wissahickon School District and student body on sustainable projects
  • Established outreach through our Facebook page

Birds and Bird Town:

  • Conduct bird walks at Penllyn Woods and Christmas bird counts at Treweryn Farm Trail
  • Established township as an Audubon Society-designated Bird Town in 2015

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Lower Gwynedd Township

Administration Building
1130 N Bethlehem Pike
PO Box 625
Spring House, PA 19477

Phone: (215) 646-5302
Fax: (215) 646-3357
contactus@lowergwynedd.org

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