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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Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Montgomery County Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Please click here for the Montgomery County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Complete Schedule.  For additional information please visit Montgomery CountyRecycles.org or call the recycling line at 610-278-3618.

Free residential collection events are held outdoors from 9am- 3pm, rain or shine 6 times a year during the months of April through October.  Montgomery County Residents may also attend any Household Hazardous Waste event held by Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery or Philadelphia Counties. Click HERE for a list of accepted items




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Abington Township E-Cycling events

Recycle your old electronics  -  "Anything with a plug" 
Saturday, November 17, 2018
9:00 am - 12:00 pm 
Abington Township Public Works Facility 
2201 Florey Lane, Abington PA 19001 (on left) 
Details HERE

Abington Township is proud to offer their residents the opportunity to responsibly recycle obsolete electronics. This FREE service is available to residents of Abington Township. 

***Monetary charge for TUBE TV's and COMPUTER MONITORS--click link HERE for details.***

ALL DATA MEDIA WILL BE DESTROYED OR WIPED!

ACCEPTED ITEMS INCLUDE:
Laptops Dehumidifiers, Peripherals, Computers, Typewriters, Mice, Telephones, Small Appliances, Microwaves, Fax Machines, Cameras, Keyboards, Cell Phones, Printers, Calculators, Air Conditioners, etc.

UNACCEPTABLE ITEMS INCLUDE:
No batteries, light bulbs, smoke detectors, or large appliances

Please bring a canned food item, peanut butter or jelly

to donate to the Abington Food Cupboard, and earn a Go Green Rewards Card credit.
Thank you!
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Abington Township Paper Shred Events

Abington Township residents only - free paper shredding
NO BUSINESSES WHATSOEVER
Protect yourself from identity theft by shredding old documents 
Saturday, April 20, 2019 - Highway Yard
9:00 am - 12:00 pm 
at Abington Township Public Works Facility 
2201 Florey Lane, Abington PA 19001 (on left), (except the one at AJHS).
Click HERE for more details.


Please bring a canned food item, peanut butter or jelly
to donate to the Abington Food Cupboard, and earn a Go Green Rewards Card credit.
Thank you!

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More recycling info from Abington Twp...


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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... 

Rain Barrel workshops will be as follows (click link for directions):

Spring 2019 Workshops: TO BE ANNOUNCED(TBA)

Collins Nursery - Saturday, (May 11 or 18 TBA), 12 noon and 2 PM

Contact us if your group would like to schedule a workshop.

For more info, visit our rain barrel page, HERE.

 Buy a rain barrel 
  Custom colors & painted art barrels available 
  For ordering info, or to order,  Click HERE for order form  


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Spotted Lanternfly Alert

The Spotted Lanternfly is a significant threat to Pennsylvania’s trees and $18 billion agricultural industry. These invasive insects have the potential to damage and destroy many species of trees, especially fruit trees and grapes. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and the Penn State Agricultural Extension need your help to combat this invasive insect—already found in Montgomery County and in Abington. 13 counties in Southeastern PA are quarantined for the Spotted Lanternfly, including Montgomery and Philadelphia. 

PA Dept of Agriculture article:

Checklist for residents living in the quarantine area:

Montgomery County Cooperative Extension info, meetings, permitting:

Please help spread the word about this pest and the quarantine actions.

Click on link for an upcoming Montco Parks program:

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Audubon Bird Town

Welcome to Audubon Bird Town

Did you know that Abington Township is an Audubon Bird Town? 

Bird Town is a working partnership of Audubon and municipalities in Pennsylvania to promote conservation and community-based actions to create a healthy, more sustainable environment for birds and people.

Audubon provides the tools for the municipality to engage their residents, schools and businesses in making more ecologically-friendly decisions, conserving energy, and in the process, saving money. A Bird Town makes efforts to restore valuable ecosystem services to create a culture of conservation where everyone is a potential steward of nature in their backyard and beyond.

For more about conservation efforts, visit  http://pa.audubon.org/conservation

To learn about making your home more bird-friendly, visit  http://pa.audubon.org/audubon-home

For more about birds in our area, 

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Bird Walks at Lorimer Park

Join Leigh Altadonna, President of the Wyncote Audubon Society

and Jennifer Sherwood, Chair of Abington Bird Town

Tuesday November 20, 2018 ~ 8:00-10:00 am Moredon Road lot

Tuesday December 18, 2018 ~ 8:00-10:00 am Welsh Road lot

Tuesday January 15, 2019 ~ 8:00-10:00 am Moredon Road lot

Tuesday February 19, 2019 ~ 8:00-10:00 am Welsh Road Lot

Tuesday March 19, 2018 ~ 8:00-10:00 am Moredon Road lot

Tuesday April 16, 2018 ~ 8:00-10:00 am Welsh Road lot

Sunday May 5, 2018 ~ 8:00-10:00 am Moredon Road lot

Tuesday May 21, 2018 ~ 8:00-10:00 am Welsh Road lot

Sunday June 2, 2018 ~ 8:00-10:00 am Moredon Road lot

Tuesday June18, 2018 ~ 8:00-10:00 am Welsh Road lot

These and other MontCo Parks events are listed at:

https://www.montcopa.org/DocumentCenter/View/21245/PTHS-EventsCalendar_JulyDec2018_WEB

Audubon Bird Walks at other locations are listed at http://wyncoteaudubon.org/

All are Invited: The walk is open to anyone interested in learning more about the birds that frequent this Montgomery County Park that is part of an Audubon Important Bird Area. This walk is for beginning birders and experienced birders as well. Wear comfortable footwear and clothing. Bring binoculars if you have them. Pre-registration optional: Lorimer Park Office 215-947-3477.

Directions: The Moredon Road parking area is the main parking area for Lorimer Park and is at 183 Moredon Road between Old Ford Road and Pine Road, entrance is on south side of road.  The Welsh Road parking area is at the intersection of Welsh Road and Terwood Road, on the southwest corner, look for the Pennypack Trail sign.

For more Information: Contact: Leigh Altadonna, laltadonna@audubon.org or Jennifer Sherwood, eac.abington@gmail.com

Attend to earn a Go Green Rewards Card credit

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All are invited to our public EAC meetings


held the second Wednesday of each month,
7:30 pm at
Abington Township Building
1176 Old York Rd
Abington PA 19001

Attend any meeting to earn a Go Green Rewards Card credit

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Measuring Progress in Abington
 

The STAR CommunitiesTM leadership 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. Volunteers are needed to help gather information and develop future plans with our affiliate Penn State Abington. For more information or to volunteer, email AbingtonSTAR@gmail.com
For STAR CommunitiesTM info, visit StarCommunities.org .


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Go Green Rewards Card

Get your card at any EAC event, and get rewards for going green! 10 credits earns you discount coupons to local businesses. You'll get credit for:
  • EAC meetings
  • EAC Rain Barrel workshop
  • Installing a rain barrel
  • EAC Energy Expo
  • EAC, TTF & Shade Tree Commission plantings
  • Volunteering on EAC projects
  • Abington Township Bike Plan meeting
  • Donating canned goods at Abington Township recycling events 
  • Certifying your yard as an Audubon Bird Habitat
  • Purchasing green energy (show us your electric bill) and more...
 
       





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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
To get details on clean energy suppliers, visit www.MakeBenProud.com.


Find your key to

$aving Money by

$aving Energy




Learn how...by visiting our "Save Energy" page.

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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
  • Greening public gardens and green space
  • Building raised vegetable beds and row covers
  • Planting trees, watering and maintenance
  • Removing invasive plants
  • Surveying local streams and wildlife; becoming a "Streamkeeper"
  • 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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Thank you for helping 
Keep Abington Beautiful!

Thank you for volunteering with us at our Earth Day clean-ups in 2018. Together, we cleaned-up and beautified many parks and green spaces throughout Abington township.
Our 203 volunteers picked up 750 pounds of litter and planted 445 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, 130,000 volunteers picked up over 5 million pounds of trash, and planted over 16,000 trees
and flowers. What a difference! For event details, click on this Earth Day link.
Thanks to Abington School District students, Boy Scouts, 
Girl Scouts, New Horizons, the Parkinsons, Wyncote Audubon Society, Zeta Phi Beta, and others for cleaning-up! 


Send us suggestions for locations for next year!

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Thank you to our 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, Abington Friends School, Briar Bush Nature Center, Boy Scouts, Cheltenham Township and EAC, Girl Scouts, 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, St, Basil's Academy, 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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