Category Archives: General Interest

Health of French and Pickering Creeks

Zoom Presentation
Sunday, October 24, 2021at 7:00 P.M.
in the comfort of your home
Admission FREE
RSVP Required Click here to RSVP

Learn about water quality trends in northern Chester County. John K. Jackson, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist with the Stroud Water Research Center will describe the status of water quality in the French and Pickering Creeks, as well as some of the changes and challenges we are learning about through coordinated data collection and analysis.

This topic is suitable for all ages and may be of most interest to those 10 years and older.

Recycling and Up Cycling Opportunities

The EAC wants to provide an interactive resource for township residents to reduce, reuse and recycle unwanted items in our households with sustainability and the environment in mind.You are welcome to share any ideas with the ongoing project by emailing us at east.nantmealEAC@gmail.com.

Please check websites for hours and info or call before going.

Lanchester Landfill www.chestercountyswa.org/recycling-at-the-Lanchester-Landfill; Chester County Solid Waste Authority 7224 Division Highway Narvon, PA 610-273-3771 check website for no charge recyclables; will accept up to 3 TVs. You will need to bring help; none available at site.

Regent Printing 256 Eagleview Blvd, #100 Exton 610-280-7891 (next to Iron Hill Brewery) will take bubble wrap, packing peanuts, air filled wrap

Goin’Postal 210 Crossings Blvd, Elverson 610-420-5403 will take bubble wrap, packing peanuts, air filled wrap

Staples or Office Depot stores Recycle Printer cartridges. Get store credit.

Community ECO Store
252 Bridge St., Phoenixville
http://www.communityecostore.com

Terre Cycle collection bins at the ECO Store
Terre Cycle-http://naturenutproject.com/help-your-community-and-planet-recyclehousehold-items-at-the-community-eco-store-phoenixville/(Long list of stuff)Wine Bottle Corks-Real cork not plastic

Terre Cycle
https://www.terracycle.com/en-US/about-terracycle

Althouse Arboretum
http://althousearboretum.org/arboretum/

ECO store http://althousearboretum.org/ecostore/

Support the Arboretum by recycling cell phones, eyeglasses, used ink cartridges, CDs and DVDs with us. Just drop them off at the farmhouse.

Electronics:
http://althousearboretum.org/our-recycler/

PAR-Recycle Works is a nonprofit electronics recycler that provides transitional employment to people returning from prison.

Smart Wool
Recycle clean but worn old socks! Smart Wool will take back all brands and types of clean & worn socks when you order from their website. Simply add “take back bag” (free) to your order & get a prepaid FedEx label https://www.smartwool.com/what-matters.html#/smartwool/the-second-cut-project

Reuseit Shop 610-286-7233 2769 Main Street Morgantown accepts donations and sells clothing, sewing supplies, fabric, yarn, shoes, handbags, toys etc for Mennonite missions

Fix and Mend
To reduce waste it’s always a good idea to fix things rather than tossing. Mending old clothes is another way to keep them out of landfills. You can make your clothing wearable art! Check out Visible Mending in the UK! https://visiblemending.com

Beartown Recycling 6943 Division Hwy, Narvon,PA 17555 717-354-4720
http://www.beartownrecycling.com Steel, ferrous, non ferrous, cardboard, paper, e scraps or junked cars

Recycling Center North Coventry 365 Elm St. Pottstown, PA 19465 610-323-8545 Recycles metal, glass, paper, plastic https://recyclingservicesinc.wordpress.com

Remark Glass is a zero-waste certified, women owned business focused on innovative and creative glass reuse in Phila. www.remarkglass.com All the glass work is made with waste bottle glass. Save your beautiful wine bottles! Women owned zero waste certified focused on innovative & creative glass reuse. All glass work is made with waste bottle glass. Save your special occasion wine or champagne bottles & have them made into a work of art. Bottles are collected by Appointment at:

Bottle Underground
https://bottleunderground.com
1901 S. 9th Street, Bok BU, Phila. 19148
Drop off by appointment

Through a high quality glass collection and sorting system, our mission is to make the highest and best use of bottle glass through recirculation, recycling, downcycling and upcycling with the goal of reducing glass waste on a local level.

Goats! Super Recyclers. Goats will eat cleaned (no tinsel etc) Christmas Trees. Ask your local goat farmer if he/she wants a formerly live tree. Or look up local goat rescues on the internet.
Amazing Grazing,LLC /Brush and Weed Control 302-438-5139

The Bag Share Project
How to upcycle your empty feed bags into reusable shopping bags. http://www.thebagshare.org/p/bag-gallery.html

Products made from waste

WasteLAB.KOHLER.com Kohler products reuses their waste material into “stunning and sustainable” products like The Crackle Collection tiles. Available for sale.

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Local Government Week

A Local Government Week Op-Ed – April 2021

Say Thanks to Your Township Supervisors!

An Op-Ed

by David M. Sanko

Executive Director, Pa. State Association of Township Supervisors

​You may read about them in the newspaper or see them along local roads, plowing snow in the winter or patching potholes in the spring.

​They’re your township supervisors and staff, and while you may not know them personally, these public servants show up each and every day with one goal in mind: to build a better community for you, your family, and your neighbors.

​As Pennsylvania celebrates Local Government Week, April 12-16, this is the perfect opportunity for you to better understand the critical role your township and its officials play in the commonwealth’s governing system.

​Established to be a direct reflection and representation of the people who live there, townships are places where residents — when they choose to — have a voice in what happens, where every expenditure is scrutinized, and where services provided don’t exceed what the community needs or can afford.

​In other words, townships are full-service, grassroots-driven communities overseen by your neighbors, who are dedicated to meeting your needs.

A system that makes sense

​Since its inception, Pennsylvania has had three levels of government: state, county, and local. This structure, which the Founding Fathers based on a division of labor, made sense then and makes even more sense now.

​In fact, the commonwealth’s governing system is a lot like a telescope. Open it wide and you’ll see the state’s big-picture view. Narrow the focus a bit and you’ve got the county’s regional perspective. Narrow the focus even more and you’ll see what townships see: the local side of things.

​And each of these levels of government has distinct duties and priorities. In the early days, for instance, township supervisors primarily oversaw the maintenance of local roads. And while this continues to be one of their top priorities, township supervisors today have many more responsibilities. 

​Jacks of all trades, township supervisors in the 21st century are hands-on local leaders who must be well-schooled in a wide range of complex issues, such as land use management, budgeting, transportation planning, and public safety concerns.

​And because they live and may even work in the communities they represent, township supervisors are on call around the clock. In fact, it’s not unusual for supervisors to field phone calls from residents during dinner and to plow roads at night and into the early hours of the morning.

​Just imagine, though, what it would be like if your township didn’t exist and your community was managed by a larger, centralized government. 

​Under this scenario, which has been proposed in the past, you would not be able to turn to a neighbor for help. Instead, you would have to approach a more distant group of elected leaders — some of whom may be familiar with your community; most of whom may not — and compete against a much larger pool of individuals to get your voice heard and needs met.

​Local democracy, as you know it, would be lost and replaced with a larger, more expensive, and more sluggish way of governing. 

​So as we celebrate Local Government Week, here’s something to keep in mind: Township government isn’t just another layer of government; it’s the critical layer, the foundation. It’s the one that represents you and your family, lives within its budget, and provides the services you’ve asked for — nothing more and nothing less.

​And the next time you’re out and about, take a good look around your township and realize that all the good things you see — the parks, the well-maintained roads, and the safe environment to raise a family — are possible because your local leaders, your neighbors, had a vision about providing a high quality of life and turned it into a reality for you.

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​About the author: David M. Sanko is the executive director of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors. With a broad background in local and state government, Sanko oversees an organization that is the primary advocate for the commonwealth’s 1,454townships of the second class, which are home to 5.5 million Pennsylvanians and cover 95 percent of the commonwealth’s land mass.