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Environmental Committee Minutes

February 10, 2011

Present: Barbara Silzle (chair), Ellen Lustgarten.  Absent: Michael Schleigh

  • 2011 Trash-Recycling Program
    • Committee continues to monitor program, including recycling diversion rate.
    • January 2011, the first month with once-weekly recycling pick-up, resulted in a diversion rate of 30.3%.  
      • The last three months in 2010 were 21.3%, 14%, 18.2% (yrly average 17%)
      • 2011 goal is 25%
  • 2008/2009 Solid Waste Reports
    • Committee reviewed history; 2010 report should be available in a month or so
  • Downtown trash & recycling cans 
    • 5 sets of black metal trash & recycling cans for the downtown area will be submitted to the HARB for approval next week
    • expect total cost to be roughly $9500
    • The current cans will be redistributed throughout the borough.
  • Expanded Plastics Education
    • Blue Mountain piece – waiting to hear if they’ll provide copies for next borough newsletter and for distribution at the Keep Lansdowne Beautiful Day event. 
  • Keep Lansdowne Beautiful Day
    • SATURDAY, APRIL 16 9:30- 12 noon at Borough Green; no rain date
    • Planning is underway for this community volunteer event to clean up trash in the downtown area
    • The committee wants businesses to sweep outside of their shops.
  • Trees
    • Vines.  The committee will work on educating residents about the dangers of allowing vines to travel up their trees unabated.  Vine can weaken the tree, possibly leading to falling in storms and high winds.  Erica Sollberger, Director of Parks, will write a piece for the next Borough newsletter and Barbara will include information in an upcoming environmental e-blast.  
    • Tree Commission
      • An ordinance is being drafted by the borough’s solicitor; the Committee will review at March meeting.
  • Yard Waste Program
    • A resident inquired if biodegradable plastic lawn bags were acceptable; the director of sanitation has determined that they are not because all materials are shredded into mulch.
  • Park & Recreation Board
    • 2 board openings are available.
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