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The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania

Environmental Committee

November 12, 2009

In attendance: Barbara Silzle, Ellen Lustgarten; Joe Urban absent. Craig Totaro, borough manager, Mike Jozwiak, Codes director.

Apartment Recycling Enforcement:

  • The codes department has incorporated recycling into their rental inspection form and will monitor compliance with state and borough laws requiring apartments to recycle. Borough staff will create a stuffer for the letters that will be sent to all rental properties in March, 2010, alerting apartment owners that recycling is the law and the borough will enforce it. Apartments won’t pass inspection if they aren’t recycling; the violation process will be the same as for other rental violations. Mike will present a status report to the committee in March, 2010.

Recycling at Houses of Worship in Lansdowne

  • Prompted by a request from a St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (on Plumstead), the committee will recommend to council that the borough provide, upon request and for a fee (approximately $100, based on the fee for residences), recycling services to houses of worship. Recycling would not be picked up on Baltimore or Lansdowne Avenues, but on the side streets.

Make Lansdowne Beautiful Day

  • This idea of Ellen’s for a borough-wide clean up day is in the planning stage. A date will be selected to coincide with Earth Day 2010 that does not conflict with the Darby Creek clean up, and occurs before the town-wide yard sale. Could be either April 17 or May 1. Elliot Borgman, a resident and member of the environmental committee’s resource network, suggested the borough conduct a garden beautification contest.

Baltimore Pike Tree-scape Planting

  • The next tree planting will take place 11/21. The borough has requested suggestions from the owner of the hearing aid business for a type of tree to replace the dead tree that is on borough property in front of the business; a replacement tree will be planted 11/21.


  • Blue Mountain contract renewal. Negotiations continue.
  • SWANA Technical Assistance Grant
    • The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services, the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors, and the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) formed a partnership to provide technical assistance to Pennsylvania governments interested in achieving higher recycling rates. The borough was selected to receive technical assistance of $7,500, at no charge to Lansdowne.
    • Gannett Fleming, will provide the services.
    • Gannett Fleming will 1) Gather and review background information provided by the Borough related to existing waste management and recycling activities; 2) Identify alternatives or variations to the existing collection system that can enhance recycling and/or optimize collection system efficiency. GF will develop findings and recommendations for implementation of an alternative/modified waste and recyclables collection system. 3) Prepare and provide the Borough with summary report of findings and recommendations. This task includes a review of the Report by the PADEP and response to PADEP comments. Both an electronic and hardcopy version of the final report will be provided to the Borough in February-March, 2010.
    • The environmental committee will review the report, and prepare a recommendation to council for consideration.
  • Mayor’s Proclamation on Climate Change.
    • Mayor Jayne was thanked for signing the World Mayors and Local Governments Climate Protection Agreement. The Agreement calls for a number of actions, including the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 60% from 1990 levels worldwide and by 80% from 1990 levels in industrialized countries by 2050.
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