Clarks Summit Borough was recently notified that borough residents recycled close to 900 tons of recyclables in 2012. Using regulations adopted for single stream recycling by J.P. Mascaro and Sons, the residents have shown a 178-ton gain as compared to recycling in 2011. A letter from the Bureau of Waste Management in Harrisburg praised the borough on its efforts in increasing the recyclable volume within its neighborhoods.
"This is something we were sure would happen", said borough manager Virginia Kehoe. "From the start, our residents were there. The transition was so smooth."
Councilwoman Patty Lawler, who is the chair of the borough's recycling program, credited J.P. Mascaro for its assistance in getting residents acclimated to the program. "Before the program began, it was explained," she said.
Commercial recycling is also provided for borough buisnesses. A red dumpster is located on Davis Street next to the borough's DPW building and is open for drop-offs weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Businesses can recycle the same single stream materials as the borough residents and each month, the business that most actively recycles will be awarded two free parking meters for the month.
Broough officials believe that a successful commercial recycling program is very valuable to acommunity.
"The combination of residential and commercial recycling is an important factor," Lawler said. "Federal dollars come back to our community through recycling. We will build on what we have accomplished last year."