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Trash Talking!

January 29, 2013 @ 7:00 pm

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The Environmental Protection Agency reports that between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, the volume of household waste in the United States generally increases 25 percent, about 1 million extra tons. (I’m sure we add a few tons of waist too, but that’s another meeting 😉 We can reduce, reuse and re-gift till the cows come home, but most of us still end up with a pile of unwanted stuff, hopefully headed for recycling.

At our homes and at the office we all do it (recycle), but even the most avid recycler has questions: How are plastics, paper, glass, metal processed for reuse? Who separates all that stuff, how? Who buys and uses the recycled material? How do we know the stuff we put in recycled containers is really recycled? How much does recycling help the environment? What materials are easiest & hardest to recycle? What do those numbers in the triangle mean? MAREA is delighted to have Ann Saurman, Manager of the award-winning Bureau of Recycling & Solid Waste for the City of Allentown, as our November speaker to answer these questions. She knows her stuff!

In 2012, Allentown’s “exemplary efforts” in recycling earned the city a $265,160 Recycling Program Performance Grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. In 2010, the city recycled nearly 20 thousand tons of material. The city offers curbside recycling of newspaper, cardboard, paper, plastic bottles, jars, glass bottles and jars, aluminum cans, steel cans; yard waste, and appliances, and operates a Recycling Drop Off Center, open to business and residents everywhere, 24/7, with proceeds benefiting victims of juvenile crime.

On Tuesday, January 29, we hope you’ll join us for an evening of expert trash talking, just in time for the holidays. Bring your questions–big and little! (What about those envelopes with little plastic windows? Can I make money by recycling?)

After the meeting, plan to stick around and chat with friends old and new. We’re also interested in your ideas for MAREA speakers, activities and services. Light snacks will be served. Hope to see you there. For questions, contact Vera Cole,[masked] or [masked].

FIRST TIME? You’ll find map and detailed directions here. (Scroll to bottom for map of TEKPark.) And there’ll be signs at the facility. If you need help night of the event, call[masked]-7908. Look forward to meeting you!



January 29, 2013
7:00 pm
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Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Association (eastern PA)

TEK Park

9999 Hamilton Blvd.
Breinigsville, PA 18031 us