'Clean Sweep' to promote recycling in New Holland
BY CAROLE DECK, Correspondent
Less is more when it comes to finding uses for unwanted stuff.
To help people get rid of unused items, Community Clean Sweep will take place Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon in New Holland.
During the event, people can bring designated items to be reused or recycled to the Trinity Lutheran Church parking lot, 221 E. Main St.
Helping preserve the environment by reducing the amount of waste in landfills has been the goal of the Environmental Health Committee at Trinity Lutheran since 2008 when it first sponsored the first Clean Sweep with St. Stephens United Church of Christ.
Lisa Beard, chair of the committee, believes the continued success of the event is due to people wanting an environmentally friendly place to dispose of unused items.
"This is our sixth year and we've been very pleased with the consistent response from the community each year," Beard said.
Among the items accepted are clean used towels, blankets, crates and water bowls for Humane League of Lancaster County; most items containing metal parts to be donated to Ephrata Recycling; Styrofoam with packing tape removed for Dart Container; electronic items (computer components, VCRs, DVD players, humidifiers, radios) to be donated to Free-Geek Penn, Ephrata.
Freon appliances (air conditioner, refrigerator, freezer, and dehumidifier) will be accepted for a $10 fee and will be donated to Ephrata Recycling.
Styrofoam peanuts or swim noodles will not be accepted nor will TVs.
"We want to provide outlets for commonly discarded items and raise awareness about how consuming less, we can all make a big difference," Beard said.
A new item accepted for collection this year is old used candle wax from glass jars or tins. Wicks don't need to be removed, but only wax will be accepted, not the jar or tin.
Removing the wax can be done by putting the glass jar in the freezer for a few hours then pop out the wax. Or pour boiling water into the jar and when the water cools the solid wax will float to the top.
The wax will be donated to the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts to make fire starters.
"It's a great way to reuse and recycle old candle wax and paper," Beard said.
Shelly Martin, Girl Scouts Service Unit Manager and Neighborhood Chair for the area, explained the process scouts use to create a fire starter: "After melting the wax, it's poured over shredded paper or bark that is placed in sections of an egg carton. When the wax cools, the carton sections are cut apart and used to light a campfire."
For more information call 354-4976.
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