Lansdowne Environmental E-News – July 28, 2011

Hello Lansdowners,


Thought I’d send along a couple of timely items.



Recognize the attached photo? Like most of Landowne, you probably got one of these tossed onto your property today. There are a few people I’ve talked to in town that actually utilize the packet of advertisements that gets tossed onto your lawn every Thursday. Most people are happy to learn that you can, in fact, stop this delivery. Whether it’s because it tips off folks that you’re not home, you just don’t like paper and plastic bags being tossed onto your property, or you hate the waste, many of us just dread seeing this packet show up. And they can pile up, get soaked, and generally look like (and are) trash mucking up our beautiful town. Look at the fine print on the bag and you’ll see a telephone number you can call “for delivery inquiries” which is code for “you can call to stop getting this!” Just call that number (800-540-0810) and give them your address – and poof! you won’t get it anymore. Be patient (or call again) because it can take a while to work your request through their system. I stopped mine, it re-started after a while, so I called again and have been free of it for about 4 years now. So go ahead and call. Unless, of course, you enjoy those ads. In which case you should recycle the paper and take the bags to a grocery store for recycling.



Have some time on your hands, or want to be handy for the community during a week in August? It’s almost Lansdowne-Yeadon Work Camp 2011 time, and we’re seeking community members to assist with basic home repairs, light landscaping, and rain barrel installation for elderly, disabled and lower-income homeowners from Monday, August 8th through Friday, August 12th. There are a number of weatherization projects folks will be doing to promote responsible energy use, plus some vine removal and basic tree/plant care. So come on out and pitch in. Work days start at 9:00 am and end at 3:00 pm. Registration will take place at 9:00 am each day at the 2oth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue. See the attached flyer for more information.



One of my great reading pleasures over the summer is the weekly Fresh Picks email I get from the Lansdowne Farmers Market and the LEDC (Lansdowne Economic Development Corp). I get it every Thursday, and it’s always chock full of what’s coming up at Saturday’s Farmers Market, as well as a lot of news and happenings in Lansdowne. So if you don’t already subscribe (hey, it’s free!) you can sign up here: And here’s their website, where you can also sign up and see samples of past Fresh Picks:


Stay cool, ya’ll,




Barbara Silzle

Lansdowne Borough Council

Chair, Environment Committee

Lansdowne Environmental E-News – May 23, 2011

Hello Lansdownians,

First, yea, sunshine! Finally. I know we’re all dying to get outside so while you are…….


Now that the rains have subsided, it’s really important to go outside and look around your property to see where rain has collected — and dump that water. Standing water breeds mosquitoes, so get rid of that water and nip them in the bud. Look in the bottom of your trashcans, trash can lids, garage roofs, the bottom trays of potted plants, candles, tires — anything and everywhere that water collects. Please take 5 minutes while you’re out enjoying the sunshine to be vigilant and deny the mosquitoes the perfect breeding ground. Not only are they annoying but they can carry West Nile. You and your neighbors will be grateful.


Yup, this coming Wednesday is another collection day. Get all your paper bags (NO PLASTIC) and trash cans full of yard debris out to the curb by 7am. Putting it out the evening before is fine. The Borough does not allow waste to be put out at the curb at any other time, so if you see a neighbor with bags or cans out there and it’s not Yard Waste Wednesday eve or day, let them know to move it back so they can avoid a visit and possible fine.


Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 28th, when the fabulous Farmers Market returns to the municipal parking lot on Lansdowne Avenue from 9am-1pm. Get ready to stock up on whatever is fresh, in season, and locally grown. Remember to take reusable bags so you can avoid having to take plastic ones from the vendors.

Enjoy the sunshine!


Barbara Silzle
Lansdowne Borough Council
Chair, Environment Committee