Westmoreland Cleanways and Recycling Update
October 1, 2019 marks the beginning of a new fiscal year at Westmoreland Cleanways and Recycling, the start of our 29th year working to clean up and protect our beautiful communities in Westmoreland County. Our day-to-day activities have certainly evolved, from primarily cleaning up illegal dumpsites and assessing the damage caused by illegal dumping, to growing our recycling operations to give residents a place to properly recycle or dispose of the stuff typically found in those dumpsites.
Even though it seems as if our Recycling Center has become the center of our universe, we do a whole lot of other things. Thanks to our Westmoreland County Commissioners, we serve as the County Recycling Coordinators, tasked with working with municipal officials and the PA Department of Environmental Protection to ensure that Pennsylvania’s recycling laws are followed. We commit thousands of hours annually to our educational programs, bringing environmental stewardship programs to audiences in schools, libraries, and civic groups; through our website; and social media.
In between, we sponsor such diverse special projects as our Household Hazardous Waste collections, our Recycling Bin Loaner Program for festivals and large gatherings; our shoe recycling program that gets good usable footwear to people in developing countries; our Backyard Composting Workshops; and support for drug take-back initiatives like the program at Excela Health’s Westmoreland facilities, just to name a few.
We can’t forget the unique programs we’re able to bring to Westmoreland County as a Keep America Beautiful affiliate! A number of communities received grants totaling thousands of dollars for trees through KAB and the UPS Foundation; last spring we delivered over 18,400 9V Duracell batteries to homeowners through our local fire departments as part of their “Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery” smoke detector maintenance program.
Of course, we still provide technical assistance, disposal options, and supplies for volunteers taking the initiative to organize litter and illegal dump cleanups.
It’s been a great ride, and we’re still going. Who knows what we’ll accomplish in the next 29 years!
Ellen Keefe Natalie Reese
Executive Director Program Director
PS – the next time you visit the Recycling Center, congratulate Mike Rahuba on his now full-time position as Recycling Center Manager!
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West Newton Borough
112 South Water Street
West Newton, PA 15089
Monday - Friday
8:00am – 4:00pm.