Green Committee HHW Recycling Challenge

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Statewide Recycling Challenge

Hello PA-TSA!

As we begin a new year of events, competition, learning, and fun, the rest of the Green Committee and I are continuing to work towards making Pennsylvania TSA more environmentally conscious, and to cut back on TSA’s environmental impact. We have some great plans for the year, including making promotional materials for the committee, and working with other states to spread the TSA Green Initiative as much as possible. But we can’t do it all on our own. To make a significant impact, we need help from you, the members of PA-TSA.

That is why, starting on November 15, 2013 (America Recycles Day) we are sponsoring a statewide recycling challenge. However, this challenge will have a special focus on recycling hazardous household waste. These materials are often overlooked when recycling but compared to paper and plastic, these hazardous wastes are just as, if not more important to properly dispose of.

Each person in Pennsylvania produces around four pounds of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) each year, which adds up to 25,000 tons each year statewide. These wastes include paint products, pesticides, pool chemicals, drain cleaners, degreasers, and other car care products. When these products sit in houses instead of being properly disposed of, they create serious public health hazards and damage to the environment.

Luckily, there are many community collection programs for Household Hazardous Wastes. Some counties have permanent HHW collection, and some just have monthly collection dates. There will be a link available on the Green Committee page of patsa.org where you can find your closest HHW disposal location.

As I mentioned earlier, we are hosting a statewide challenge to see which PA-TSA Chapter can recycle the most Household Hazardous Waste before the state conference in April. Be sure to document your recycling efforts in a photo album, and have recycling officials sign off on how many pounds of hazardous waste you drop off so that we can calculate a winner at the State Conference. However, it is recommended that you contact the recycling center ahead of time, to make sure the event goes as smoothly as possible. To boost your score, have residents in your community sign a pledge that they will recycle hazardous waste.

There will be more information to come, including to-do lists to stay organized, deadlines to keep the challenge fair, and any other documents you may need to help with the process. Stay tuned for more information, and good luck!

Sincerely,

Ben Hewitt

2013-2104 PA-TSA Green Committee Chairman