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Hempfield joins recycling effort

| Monday, May 14, 2012, 8:26 a.m.

Hempfield Township has joined the original nine Westmoreland County communities participating in PA CleanWays' paper recycling effort, which began as a pilot program in March.

Hempfield residents now may recycle paper products while helping local fire departments qualify for reimbursement grants.

Through Act 101, Pennsylvania's recycling law, municipalities are entitled to a reimbursement grant from the Department of Environmental Protection for the amount of material they recycle during a calendar year.

The grant is based on the annual tonnage of recyclables, with an average reimbursement of $5 per ton.

'That probably is our biggest selling point,' said Ellen Keefe, PA CleanWays' program director, last spring, when the first communities signed on.

Hempfield supervisors voted to direct all funds received from the paper recycling program to the township's volunteer fire companies. Receptacles are already in place at each of the township's 12 fire stations.

An additional bin has also been placed at the Dandy Dollar on Wendell Road to serve residents in the western part of the township. The green containers are marked with a yellow and black PA CleanWays logo, the recycling logo, and signs listing acceptable recyclable material.

Acceptable materials are newspapers, magazines, catalogs, phone books, cardboard, junk mail and office paper, including white and colored paper; computer print-out paper; copier and fax paper; envelopes with and without windows; manila, white and pastel file folders; laser printed paper and carbonless forms.

Unacceptable materials include household trash, wet waste, plastic bags, Styrofoam, photographs, glass, wood and metal.

Residents who take their newspaper to area farmers to use for animal bedding are urged to continue to do so.

Hempfield's paper recycling bins are located at the Adamsburg and Community Volunteer Fire Department, 22 Edna Road, Adamsburg; Bovard VFD, First Street and Bovard Tunnel Road; Carbon VFD, 421 Juniper St.,; Fort Allen VFD, Route 136; Grapeville VFD, Fourth and Painter streets; Hannastown VFD, Front Street; Hempfield No. 2 VFD, 421 Thornton Road; High Park VFD, 400 Baughman Ave.; Luxor VFD, Luxor Road near Tipple Row Road; Midway/St. Clair VFD, Broadway Avenue; North Hempfield VFD, Business Route 66, and West Point VFD, West Point and New Market drives.

Other communities participating in the paper recycling program are Irwin, Murrysville, New Kensington, Trafford and Youngwood, plus Penn, Loyalhanna, Mt. Pleasant and Rostraver townships.

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