When one thinks of Lackawanna County, recycling isn't usually the first thing that comes to mind. A person might think of the Steamtown Historical Site, the Montage Ski Area, the neighboring coalmines or perhaps one of the many fine colleges that are located throughout the state's northeastern area. However, nestled in amongst the highways, mountains and colleges is one of the first and one of the busiest recycling centers in Pennsylvania.
The Lackawanna County Recycling Center, winner of 4 Waste Watcher awards for its excellent recycling and composting programs, has been in existence since 1990 and has recycled over 240 million plastic containers, over 189 million cans and, through its recycling of paper and cardboard, has saved over 2.5 million trees. In fact, the Lackawanna County Recycling Center recycles so much paper, cardboard and other types of recyclable materials that a railroad spur was built to the facility so that these materials could be sent to processors and manufacturers by the railroad carload.
Joyce Hatala, Lackawanna County's Recycling Coordinator, public speaker, and hard-working and dedicated environmental advocate and professional stated that the Lackawanna County Recycling Center recycles approximately 20,000 tons of recyclables per year. In addition, Lackawanna County Recycling Center, winner of a Governor's Award for its composting operation, produces approximately 11,000 tons of high quality mulch from leaf and yard waste collections throughout Lackawanna County Recycling Center's coverage area which includes Lackawanna County, Pike County and parts of Luzerne, Monroe, and Lycoming Counties. The mulch that results from the operation is made available to residents of the participating counties at a very attractive price. As a result of the total operation of this recycling facility, over 31,000 tons of material per year won't go into a landfill. That's 31,000 tons of materials that will provide the raw materials to create meaningful jobs and energize the economy of Pennsylvania and surrounding states. That's 31,000 tons of material that won't have to be mined or drilled for or refined before it can be used. If you would like to learn more about Lackawanna County's recycling and composting programs please visit Lackawanna County's recycling website at: www.wannarecycle.com
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