Home compost workshops scheduled
The Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority is partnering with municipalities, community organizations and Penn State master gardeners to conduct free home compost workshops.
The workshops will teach residents how to recycle organic waste from their kitchens and gardens instead of putting it in the trash.
Composting is an excellent way to recycle vegetable scraps, grass clippings, leaves and other organic materials and turn them into a valuable product to naturally improve the soil.
Workshop attendees also will learn how to build effective, yet inexpensive, home compost bins to meet their needs. Each household in attendance will be eligible to enter a drawing to receive a free kitchen scrap collection bucket courtesy of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Residents are encouraged, and in some cases required, to preregister by noon on the Friday prior to the workshop they'll be attending.
·Monday, April 22, at the Harrisburg Area Community College Lancaster Campus Earth Day event, at 1641 Old Philadelphia Pike. The workshop is from 10 to 11 a.m. No fee is required. For more information, contact the HACC Lancaster Campus Environmental Science Club at firstname.lastname@example.org.
·Saturday, May 18, at the East Donegal Township gazebo at 190 Rock Point Road, Marietta, during Shredding/ReUse/Recycle Day. If raining, the workshop will be held in the township building at the same address. The workshop is from 10 to 11 a.m. For more information, contact the East Donegal Township recycling coordinator at 426-3167 or email Vicki@eastdonegaltwp.com.
·Saturday, June 1, at the Community Center in East Petersburg, 6051 Pine St. The workshop is from 10 to 11 a.m. No fee is required, but preregistration is recommended. To preregister or for more information, contact the East Petersburg Borough recycling coordinator at 569-9282 or email email@example.com.
·Tuesday, June 4, at the City of Lancaster Recycling Drop-off Center, 850 New Holland Ave. The workshop is from 6 to 7 p.m. No fee is required, but preregistration is recommended. To preregister or for more information, contact the City of Lancaster solid waste and recycling manager at 291-4762 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
·Saturday, June 15, at Little Chiques Park on Park Avenue in Mount Joy Borough. The workshop is from 10 to 11 a.m. No fee is required for this workshop, but preregistration is recommended. For more information, contact the Mount Joy Borough recycling coordinator at 653-2300 or email email@example.com.
·Wednesday, June 19, at the Chiques (Chickies) Creek Watershed Alliance Expo at the Lancaster Liederkranz pavilion, 772 S. Chiques Road, Manheim. This is not a workshop, but features a display providing educational materials and the opportunity to discuss home composting issues. The event is from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, contact the Chiques Creek Watershed Alliance at 665-3827 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
·Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Freedom Memorial Park, Pavilion A at 5 Blue Rock Road, Millersville. The workshop is from 10 to 11 a.m. and is co-hosted by Millersville Borough and the Penn Manor Girl Scouts. No fee is required for this workshop, but preregistration is recommended. For more information, contact the Millersville Borough recycling coordinator at 872-4645 or email email@example.com.