There is a lot going on in the local world of recycling this month.

The Electronic Turn-in Event on March 16 went very smoothly. There were 79 customers. A total of 240 items were turned in, with the majority being TVs and microwaves rather than computers. We received many compliments from participants as well as the Waste Connections staff. Many thanks to staff members Charles Gable, Sara Stull, Tammy Murdorf, Rob Harbaugh, and Karen Mesher as well as committee members Steve Zimmerman and John Butterfield for helping. The next event for borough residents is June 15, and remember, pre-registration is required.

Local and state police will partner on April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with Collaborating for Youth (CFY) to sponsor Adams County’s Medication Take Back at two locations. This Medication Take Back provides an opportunity for Adams County residents and doctor’s offices to dispose of unused or expired medications safely. The collection is free with no questions asked. Local sites are Adams County Housing Authority, 40 E. High St. and the Pennsylvania State Police Barracks at 3033 Old Harrisburg Road. Call 717-338-0300 for a list of accepted medications.

If you cannot participate in this scheduled event, take advantage of the on-going “take-back” sites: Adams County Courthouse, 11 Baltimore St., Gettysburg Borough Police Department, 59 E. High St., and the Broadway Entrance to the Gettysburg College Health Services building.

Steve Zimmerman of Zimmerman Azalea and Landscaping Service asks that after doing our spring planting, we wash the plastic nursery pots and bring them to the Gettysburg Green Gathering (GGG) where they will be collected and taken to Lowe’s Hanover for recycling. The plastic trays that hold multiple pots will also be accepted.

GGG, to be held June 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the borough’s rec park, was created in 2012 to “educate, inspire, and foster environmental stewardship in the daily lives of citizens and businesses throughout Adams County.” The organizers are a diversified group whose one common goal is to promote health and sustainable environmental practices. The event features musicians, local food vendors, and environmental presenters. The motto is “Be part of the solution, not the pollution.” Plan to attend not only for the food and music, but also for the environmental organizations’ exhibits and a special viewing of the winners of the Adams County Arts Council Recyclable Arts competition.

If you are like me, you have turned to online shopping for its convenience and expediency. The downside, however, has been an avalanche of cardboard boxes and packing materials. Good news with a local business to the rescue. Goin’ Postal, at the Outlet Mall, will not only pack your items and ship via UPS, USPS, and Fed Ex, but will also accept (for re-use) packing styrofoam peanuts, bubble wrap, and inflated packing bags. Hooray! Thank you, Goin’ Postal.

Remember, there are many opportunities to recycle that go beyond curbside bins. Gettysburg Recycles is not just a motto, but a way of life.

Judie Butterfield can be reached at 717-337-0724, jbfd@comcast.net.

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