Abington Township
Environmental Advisory Council
Montgomery County,  PA 19001
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~  Welcome  ~



Help Abington go green!

It's easy.  The volunteers of the EAC are here to help you, your family, neighbors and friends go green. We work with residents, local organizations, businesses and the township to provide a clean and healthy environment for our community. 
Learn how you can make a difference!
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Why Rain Barrels?

You can make a difference.

Help fight pollution.
Collect your free rain water to lower your water bill 
~ use for lawn, garden or washing cars ~ 
Keep rain water run-off out of our streets and sewers to reduce pollution in streams, have cleaner water, and lower our water treatment and sewage costs.  ~ learn to make your own barrel ~


Attend a free workshop and get $10 off a rain barrel... 

Saturday July 18, 2015 10:00-11:00 am
Abington Public Safety Training Center (the Annex)
2299 Florey Lane (at end) Abington 19001
RSVP preferred, email AbingtonEACRainBarrels@gmail.com
To order a barrel, click here .

Visit our table at these events:
Monday August 3, 5:00-10:00 pm, at the Abington Pre-Night Out,
Target Store Parking Lot, Old York Rd, Abington, PA   19001

 Buy a rain barrel 
  Custom colors & painted art barrels available 
  For info, or to order, click here  

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Montgomery County

Hazardous Waste Collection event

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 9:00am - 3:00 pm at Abington Junior High 

Free residential collection events are held outdoors from 9am- 3pm, rain or shine. Event workers will unload your materials so please remain in your vehicle. Toxic and flammable household chemicals are collected for proper disposal. Acceptable items include gasoline, oil, kerosene, turpentine, paint thinner, oil paint, stains, varnish, pool chemicals, herbicides, pesticides, antifreeze, caustic cleaners and solvents, mercury, thermometers, flares, fire extinguishers, lead acid batteries, rechargeable batteries, fluorescent tube light bulbs, CFL bulbs, mini propane canisters, and electric oil filled heaters. Containers returned upon request. Do Not Bring electronics, appliances, asbestos, explosives, ammunition, medical waste, radioactive waste, smoke detectors, items containing Freon, tires or the following: Latex or Water-Based Paint is not hazardous and can be placed in the trash once it is dry. Air dry latex paint or add absorbent material like kitty litter until paint becomes a solid. Alkaline Household Batteries are not hazardous and should be thrown in the trash. Prescription Medications should be disposed of in the secure drop boxes located in many area police stations, such as the Abington Police Department, a list of which can be found in the Recycling Guide at MontgomeryCountyRecycles.org. Propane or Helium Tanks should be taken to locations listed in the Recycling Guide at MontgomeryCountyRecycles.org. Mini propane canisters are accepted at collections. 

For more info on this event and for other events, visit http://www.abington.org/refuse/8552.pdf
For additional information, please visit MontgomeryCountyRecycles.org or call the recycling line at 610-278-3618. Please do not contact the host sites.


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Montgomery County Paper Shredding event

Saturday, August 15, 2015 at Abington Junior High 

The Montgomery County Commissioners in conjunction with Shred One Security Corp. will be sponsoring FREE community paper shredding events.
Saturday, August 15 (9am – noon) Abington Junior High School 2056 Susquehanna Road Abington, PA 19001 
Sunday, October 4 (9am – noon) Lower Merion Transfer Station 1300 North Woodbine Avenue Penn Valley, PA 19072

 • Please make sure that there is no plastic, plastic bags, batteries, cardboard, or metal, other than staples and paper clips in the waste. • Bring documents in boxes or paper bags for ease of shredding on site • 2 boxes or paper bags per vehicle limit in consideration of other attendees • Volunteers will assist with removing documents from vehicles • Rain or shine • This event is open to residents of Montgomery County as a community service. Please, no businesses. Shred One regularly participates in community shredding events which are sponsored by various organizations and governmental agencies. This offers residents in the community the opportunity to destroy their confidential documents and avoid the pitfalls of identity theft. Mobile shredding trucks perform all of the paper shredding on site. All shredded paper is recycled. Shred One is currently recycling paper at a rate which saves over 70,000 trees annually! 
For additional information: Please visit MontgomeryCountyRecycles.org or call the recycling line at 610-278-3618.

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Abington Township Paper Shred events 

Residents only - free paper shredding - NO BUSINESSES 
Protect yourself from identity theft by shredding old documents 
Saturday, October 17, 2015 at Highway Yard 
Saturday, April 9, 2016 at Highway Yard 
The Highway Yard  is the Abington Township Public Works Facility at
2201 Florey Lane, Abington PA 19001 (on left) 
Details at: http://www.abington.org/refuse/2015-2016%20shredding.pdf *

Please bring a canned food item, peanut butter or jelly
to donate to the Abington Food Cupboard.  
Thank you!

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Abington Township E-Cycling events


Recycle your old electronics  -  "Anything with a plug" 
Saturday November 7, 2015 
Saturday February 27, 2016 

9:00 am - 1:00 pm 
Abington Township Public Works Facility 
2201 Florey Lane, Abington PA 19001 (on left) 
Details at:  http://www.abington.org/refuse/2015-2016%20elec.pdf  *

Please bring a canned food item, peanut butter or jelly
to donate to the Abington Food Cupboard.  
Thank you!

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More recycling info from Abington Twp...


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 Measuring Progress in Abington
Abington Township was recently selected for a community leadership program. The STAR Communities program enables us to track our performance and compare to, and learn from, other communities committed to livability and economic viability.  As the first national rating system of its kind, the STAR Communities Rating SystemTM has seven areas to measure progress over the long term: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?tab=3m#inbox/14d1fa692295d719?compose=14d529604725cb6d&projector=1
The Rydal-Meadowbrook Civic Assocation and EAC hosted a public forum on May 12, 2015 to discuss future progress. Volunteers are needed to help gather information and develop future plans. For more information or to volunteer, email AbingtonSTAR@gmail.com . For STAR Communitities info, visit STARCommunities.org .

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Want to save money on bills?
You may be able to save money on your energy bills by switching from PECO to another energy supplier (electricity and natural gas). How do you choose which company to buy from? You can decide based on price, clean energy options, or local sources. 
For information on switching, visit the PA Public Utility Commission at  http://www.papowerswitch.com/ *. 
To get details on clean energy suppliers,  
visit "Make Ben Proud" at  www.MakeBenProud.com *.






































Find your key to
Saving Money by Saving Energy

Learn how...

Please visit our "Save Energy" page.

Learn how you can save money by saving energy. 

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Help us green your neighborhood!
Need a service project?
Volunteers needed
The EAC offers community service learning project ideas for volunteers, whether for school service learning requirements, Boy Scout, Girl Scout, mitzvah or other projects. We are looking for volunteers for the projects listed above and also for:
Building rain barrels
Public gardens and green space
Building raised vegetable beds and row covers
Tree plantings and maintenance
Mussel surveys in local streams
In October: Ocean Conservancy "International Coastal Cleanup" (litter cleanups)
In spring: "Great American Cleanup" (litter cleanups)
Hosting tables at public fairs and events (like the Abington Pre-Night Out)
Creating environmental videos
For more information, email eac.abington@gmail.com .

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Help Abington Go Green!

Please help us make Abington greener and healthier for us all.

Everyone is welcome to attend our public meetings

on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm

at the Abington Township Building

1076 Old York Rd, Abington PA 19001,

in the second floor board room.

Our meetings are listed on the Abington Township calendar at

www.abington.org/calendar/calendar%20year%20page.htm*.

Volunteer information is listed below and on the Volunteer page.

You can make a difference.

For more information, please contact us at eac.abington@gmail.com

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Congratulations to 

Redeemer Valley Community Garden,

2015 Montgomery Award recipient 

Redeemer Valley Community Garden volunteers received the award from Commissioner Michael Markman 

The Redeemer Valley Community Garden volunteers and sponsor Sister Ana Dura of the Sisters of the Holy Redeemer, have a mission:  to promote hope and healing through healthy food and living while reverencing the gift of creation. They...
grow organic produce using sustainable practices
grow and donate produce for food cupboards
supply and host farmers markets
allow families to grow their own  gardens
hold educational events
support local beekeepers

View the video of the award at the July 9, 2015 Board of Commissioners meeting, beginning at time 9:30 :  


The Montgomery Award is given annually by Abington Township. For more info, visit the Montgomery Award page.

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Thank you to our 2014 project partners
including:

Abington Township, Abington Township Commissioners, Abington Township Parks and Recreation Department, Abington School District, Abington Senior High School Service Learning Program, Abington Junior High School Green Thumbs Club, ASD Elementary Schools, Briar Bush Nature Center, Boy Scouts, Cheltenham Township and EAC, Girl Scouts, Glenside United Church of Christ, Friends of Hallowell Park, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, Meadowbrook Bird Sanctuary, the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup, PennDOT, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Pennypack Watershed and PERT, Redeemer Valley Community Garden, Rydal-Meadowbrook Civic Association, AT Shade Tree Commission, the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership, TreeVitalize, Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association, Wyncote Audubon Society, and the Youth Aid Panel. Wow! Join us!

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Thank you for helping 
Keep Abington Beautiful!

Thank you for volunteering with us at our Earth Day clean-ups in 2015. Together, we cleaned-up and beautified 18 parks and green spaces throughout Abington township.  Our 244 volunteers picked up 1455 pounds of litter and planted 439 trees and flowers.  Cleanups are a great way to bring your community together and make a difference in your neighborhood. It adds up too! We count how much litter we pick up and report to the Great American Cleanup of PA*.  Throughout Pennsylvania last year, 140,000 volunteers picked up over 6 million pounds of trash, and planted over 22,000 trees and flowers.  What a difference!  For event details, click on this Earth Day link.  

Thanks to Commissioners Larry Jones, Jimmy DiPlacido, Tom Hecker, Lori Schreiber, and Carol Gillespie for cleaning-up!



Send us suggestions for locations for next year!

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2015.07.16

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