Winners Named in “Greensylvania” Competition

Recycling winners photo

The Lackawanna County Commissioners and staff recognized first and second place winners in the 10th annual Greensylvania paper recycling competition conducted at area schools.

Holy Cross High School in Dunmore finished first in the high school division with 2,943 lbs. of recycled paper. Carbondale High School was second with 4,651 lbs. recycled, but at a lower per capita rate.   John Whittier Elementary School in Scranton, first place, recycled 8,195 lbs. of paper.  South Scranton Intermediate School finished first with 5,821 lbs. of paper recycled.

Shown from left: Dan Gilroy, South Scranton Intermediate principal; Mike Potomic, Walmart, sponsor; Barbara Giovagnoli, Lackawanna County Department of Environmental Sustainability; Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley; Jeana Gatelli, Luann Lord and Nick Bradley, John Whittier Elementary School; Commissioner Jerry Notarianni; Emily Schultz and Kimberly Mecir, Holy Cross High School; Scott Michalek, Carbondale Area High School; Justine Tone, Holy Cross High School; and Mike Wincovitch, Diamond K Inc., sponsor.


Lackawanna County Offers Free Electronics Recycling

clip_image001Area residents will have the opportunity to recycle electronic devices for free during a two-week period in mid-June through a program outlined by the Lackawanna County Commissioners and representatives from several participating communities.

The program will be in effect from June 12-26, with one television and one computer monitor/accessory per household being accepted.

“This is a very important service/program for our residents.  It is a great opportunity to discard electronic devices at no cost while also protecting our environment,” explained Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.  “We encourage everyone to participate so as to not litter our roadsides and common areas with televisions and computer hardware.”

“Aside from encouraging everyone to take the initiative to clean-out their of homes broken or unused electronics, we are also working to be a clean and green society,” said Commissioner Jerry Notarianni.  “Maintaining our County’s landscape and avoiding unsightly blight are important elements when marketing our area to investors and providing a positive view of our communities to out-of-town visitors.”

“This is a true intergovernmental partnership.  It is a great example of cooperation between the County, the Solid Waste Advisory Committee and our municipalities who are partnering with us on this venture,” noted Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings.

The municipalities participating in the program will be implementing special policies for the drop-off and /or pick-up of the items.  They will be responsible for alerting their residents on whether to either place the items curbside or bring them to their respective DPW facilities.

The majority of Lackawanna County’s municipalities are on-board with the program.

The electronics recycling program is being underwritten by Lackawanna County and the Solid Waste Advisory Committee.