Recycling has its rewards

Recycling has its rewards

Last year, employees in our Lock Haven Service Center launched a recycling program for common materials found in everyday shipments. They partnered with other nearby service centers in Susquehanna, Sunbury, and Bloomsburg, to collect all kinds of recyclable plastic with their eyes set on reaching a 500 pound goal.

As an incentive for collecting 500 pounds of recyclable materials, Trex®, a manufacturer of wood alternative products, would provide us with a Trex® bench.

We’re pleased to announce that we met our goal and received our first Trex® bench!

Our employees wanted to share our commitment to the environment, by donating the bench to a local organization where it could be enjoyed by residents of the community. The team decided to donate it to the Clinton County Historical Society, and place it at the Castanea Train Station, which is also the trailhead of the popular Bald Eagle Valley rail trail. 

Now, hikers, bikers, and runners can use the bench before or after their trip on the trail.

We’re continuing these recycling efforts at service centers across our territory and hope to donate a bench in each region.

Stay tuned for our progress!

Recycling plastic and making a difference

Recycling plastic and making a difference

We’re committed to preserving the environment in everything we do. Whether our employees are in the office or out in the field, we’re always thinking of innovative ways to reduce, reuse and recycle common materials.  

Every day, we receive numerous shipments of fragile materials that are wrapped in clear plastic to help keep the items secure. Thanks to our employees at the Lock Haven Service Center, who initiated a new program, we’re making sure that plastic is recycled.  

Through this program, employees recycle plastic by placing it in large bins in their service center. As an incentive for collecting 500 pounds of recyclable materials, Trex®, a manufacturer of wood alternative products, will provide us with a Trex® bench that we’ll be donating to a local park! 

Our goal is to collect enough plastic for a Trex® bench in a local park in every region of our service territory. To date, we have collected over 400 pounds of materials and expanded the program by placing bins in three other service centers in the Susquehanna region including Sunbury, Bloomsburg, and Montoursville. 

Stay tuned for our progress! 

 

Keeping electronics out of landfills

Keeping electronics out of landfills

Our employees helped ensure that a large amount of electronics will be recycled – rather than end up in a landfill. Nearly 1,000 electronics items were collected during the first-of-its-kind recycling event organized by our Environmental Compliance department earlier this year.

Among the items collected:

  • 279 cables or cords
  • 143 television sets
  • 122 phones
  • 119 computers
  • 86 stereos or CD players
  • 59 DVD, Blu-ray and VHS players

The event was designed to help employees recycle items that are becoming increasingly difficult to recycle. Electronic waste is the fastest growing waste stream in the world.

The recycling event is among a number of initiatives we’ve undertaken to benefit the environment.

We also recycle wood poles and materials like copper, aluminum, steel and mineral oil. We’ve distributed thousands of trees to community organizations, schools and governments through the Community Roots program, and we recently started a Future Environmental Leaders Scholarship program.

Read more about our environmental commitment here: Environment and Energy Efficiency.