Lansdowne Environmental E-News – Mar 22, 2011

Hello Lansdowners,

Spring is in the air and lots of environmental things are happening here in town over the next several weeks. Get out your calendar and make a note of these:


3/23. Yup, this coming Weds is the second YWW of 2011. Gather your yard debris and get it to the curb by 7am on Wednesday the 23rd. All the yard waste goes to an organic site and is composted, it doesn’t go to a landfill. It also isn’t included in the trash tipping fees that the County charges us, so this is a fantastic way to do the right thing environmentally and financially. Yea! Time to get back in the habit of this twice-monthly program. The schedule is on the magnets that are available at Borough Hall if you need one. It’s also on the borough website (


4/14. Our Mayor Jayne is hosting a session with PUC (PA Utility Commission) and PECO on April 14th at the 20th Century Club to discuss with residents the changes with electric choice. We’ve also invited the Energy Coordinating Agency to come and inform everyone about the EnergyWorks! program that makes it easy to improve your living space while realizing huge savings through this government program that wants us to save energy in our homes. It’s a free event, all are welcome, and we encourage you to come and get informed. Thursday, April 14th at 7pm, the 20th Century Club.


4/9. Come lend a hand to plant trees along the Plumstead Avenue/Wycombe Avenue business corridor. Saturday, April 9th. The start time is 8:30am.


4/16. It’s time for spring cleaning! Join us at the Borough Green where we will launch our clean-up of all the streets throughout the Central Business District and up and down Lansdowne and Baltimore Avenues. Volunteers will remove trash, sweep the sidewalks and generally beautify our home. Help spruce up the downtown just before we welcome folks who visit us for the Town-Wide Yard Sale on May 14 (a great way to re-purpose stuff you don’t want or need anymore) and the Farmers Market starting May 28. Gloves, bags for trash and recycling, brooms and other necessities will be provided so just bring yourself, your neighbors, friends and family for this great community day! The Mayor will give away some prizes, and the Litter Bug will make a special appearance that the kids will enjoy. Saturday, April 16th 9:30-12 noon, sign up at Borough Green.


4/16. Lansdowne Borough will be hosting a Paper Shredding event in conjunction with Keep Lansdowne Beautiful Day. Bring your old documents and records to the Highland Avenue Parking Lot between 11am and 2pm and they will be shredded and the paper recycled.

Okay, that’s it for now. I have to go outside and clean up the yard!

See you in the neighborhood,


Barbara Silzle

Lansdowne Borough Council

Chair, Environment Committee

Lansdowne Environmental E-News – March 7, 2011

Hello Lansdowners,

Yes, it’s back! The twice monthly yard waste collections resume next Wednesday. So before the rains come tomorrow, you may want to get out there and collect all those broken sticks and twigs that appeared over the hard winter.

The last thing you want to do is put your clippings and branches in the trash. The borough’s yard waste collection program insures that organic waste is treated as such and is taken to a composting site rather than to a landfill. But besides being smart environmentally, this is brilliant financially. By disposing of this often heavy “trash” in these special collections, it avoids being part of the “trash tipping fee” that we all pay to Delaware County based on the # of tons of trash we toss out. (Yes, they weigh it, and we pay accordingly.) That goes for recycling, too. The more we divert out of trash and into our recycling bins and yard waste bags/cans, the less $ we pay to the County come tax time.

So go ahead and gather up all of your clippings, twigs, branches, leaves, weeds, vines, etc. and put them out in this collection. Of course, composting is a fantastic environmental way to go, so don’t let this program dissuade you from doing that. Your garden will thank you for making the effort.

Here’s the drill as a reminder:

  • Yard Debris: tree trimmings, shrubbery, twigs, grass clippings, leaves, brush, vines, etc.
  • Twice a month (most months), always on Wednesdays
  • March – December. The schedule is on the 2011 Recycling Magnet. (pick one up at Borough Hall if you need one)
  • Place at curb by 7am on collection day
  • Put directly in a trash can or in the large brown paper lawn bags available at many grocery, drug and hardware stores.
  • Bundle branches/twigs and tie with string.
  • Branches and sticks must be no more than 4′ long.
  • No plastic, please. It goes to an organic site, after all. (No plastic bags in recycling, either.)
  • No stones.
  • Yard waste will not be collected if it is placed out on days that are not designated yard waste days. Please refer to your magnet calendar for specified days.

If you see a neighbor diligently collecting twigs and clippings and then putting them into a plastic bag destined for the trash, please help them out by letting them know about this service that saves us all money. Neighborly communication is the key to this type of residential service being successful. For more information, please go to

See you outside! And Happy Almost-Spring!

Barbara Silzle
Lansdowne Borough Council
Chair, Environment Committee