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By Al Lowe
Contributing Writer 

Principles of recycling explained to A-CDC members by PRC speaker


August 7, 2007

Allentown Community Development Corporation heard about recycling at its monthly meeting on July 26 and said goodbye to its two Americorps Vista volunteers, Mike Assad and Maureen Kennedy.

Their last day is August 10. They served their year involved in neighborhood organizing efforts and are the first two of six such workers scheduled to help the neighborhood organization during a three year period.

"Mike does a great job on the website. And Maureen keeps me on my toes, keeps me focused," said Judy Hackel, Allentown CDC president. "I'll miss them terribly. Hopefully, we'll (get) someone else within the next six months (for another year's stint of work). It will be tough without them."

Mr. Assad said he is moving to Baltimore and Ms. Kennedy is seeking similar employment elsewhere. She was unable to attend that night's meeting.

Ms. Kennedy graduated with a degree in sociology/anthropology from Franklin and Marshall and Mr. Assad graduated with a degree in information and technology from Point Park College.

They worked out of the South Pittsburgh Reporter office, which is located on Warrington Avenue in Allentown.

The guest speaker that night, Sarah Alessio, of the Pennsylvania Resources Council, spoke of the City's recycling efforts.

Much of the information was familiar to those who follow recycling procedures but she still disclosed information not everyone knows.

The city hopes to double the amount of recyclables from 10,000 to 20,000 tons by the end of this year through more promotion and more options such as making bulk pick-up weekly and accepting paperboard (a thick used for packaging) at drop off centers.

"The average resident discards five pounds of trash a day," Ms. Alessio said. She urged city residents to follow the Three Rs Regarding Waste Reduction:

- REDUCE trash by purchasing items with less packaging.

- REUSE instead of purchasing new items to be disposed of. She gave the example of using a mug for Starbucks drinks instead of buying paper cups daily.

- RECYCLE the proper items – newspapers, plastic, glass and metal containers. Rinse containers and discard all lids and caps.

Some recyclable items are not picked up at curbside but can be left at drop-off centers. These include: paperboard, magazines, catalogues, junk mail, white office paper, corrugated cardboard, hardcover books and phone books.

Scrap metal and tires can be left at public works drop off centers only.

Ms. Alessio was thanked for her informative presentation.

In other business, Ms. Hackle said Ms. Kennedy would complete the organization's application for acceptance into the MainStreet program before she leaves. In general, the program would improve the business district along Warrington and would also benefit the neighborhood.


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