Abington Township
Environmental Advisory Council
Montgomery County,  PA 19001
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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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Latest Newsletter:
Event News You Can Use: - Recycling, Rain Barrels, Bird Walks, and Bike Tour
Recycling Events, Rain Barrel Workshop, Bird Walks, and Bike Tour in Lorimer Park.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Montgomery County 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 attend any Household Hazardous Waste event held by Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery or Philadelphia Counties. Click HERE for a list of accepted items.


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... 

Last 2 Rain Barrel workshops this year:
Saturday, September 24th, 12:00 PM and 2 PM at Collins Nursery Open House
773 Roslyn Avenue, Glenside, PA 19038 Click HERE for directions

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  


Summer Lawn Care Tips to help reduce water pollution

  • During the hot summer months, mow your grass to 3 to 4 inches in height - you’ll mow less and save fuel. High mowing also discourages weeds because high grass shades out weeds.
  • Do not use pesticides. Pesticides kill off beneficial insects and microorganisms that improve the soil.
  • Remember to base fertilizer application on the condition of your soil. More is not better. Excess fertilizer can wash off your soil and go directly into our streams. This causes nutrient levels to rise, which can result in too much algae. Algae removes dissolved oxygen from the water which is essential to the bugs and fish that live in our streams and ponds.  
  • If you are unsure about your soil, you can have your soil tested by the Penn State University Extension. You can request a soil test kit from the Montgomery County Extension Office
  • Compost your yard waste. Don’t bag lawn trimmings; leave them in place for recycling of nutrients.
  • Never store or dump manure, garden waste or grass clippings near streams. 
  • Consider using rain barrels. Rain Barrels collect water from roofs during each rain event. Water can be saved and used to water lawns and flower gardens during dry periods. When emptied before rain events, rain barrels help retain some of the rooftop water from running directly off your property to the street where it flows into the township’s stormwater system and to the nearest stream. 
  • For more information see: Naturalizing Your Yard – Improving your Yard’s Ecology while Saving Money 
  • For those with Streamside Property see: 20 Ways to Protect Your Stream and Streamside Property

Abington Audubon Bird Town

Bird Walk Schedule

Lorimer Park


Leigh Altadonna, President of the Wyncote Audubon Society

and Jennifer Sherwood, Chair of Abington Bird Town

Tuesday, September 20th ~ 8:00-10:00 AM ~ Moredon Road Lot

Sunday, September 25th ~ 8:00-10:00 AM ~ Welsh Road Lot

Tuesday, October 18th ~ 8:30-10:30 AM ~ Moredon Road Lot

Sunday, October 23rd ~ 8:30-10:30 AM - Welsh Road Lot

Tuesday, November 15th ~ 8:30-10:30 AM - Moredon Road Lot

Tuesday, December 20th ~ 8:30-10:30 AM - Moredon Road Lot


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!

Directions:  Meet at the Parking Lot at Welsh and Terwood Roads. From there we will walk along the Pennypack Trail in the Bethayres swamp section and into the North end of Lorimer Park.  We will also keep a look out for Great Blue Heron and perhaps a Solitary or Spotted Sandpiper along the creek.

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


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


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...


Abington Township Paper Shred Events

Abington Township residents only - free paper shredding
Protect yourself from identity theft by shredding old documents 

Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Abington Junior High School
Saturday, October 15, 2016 at the Highway Yard
Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the Highway Yard
9:00 am - 12:00 pm 
at Abington Township Public Works Facility 
2201 Florey Lane, Abington PA 19001 (on left), (except for July 23 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!


Abington Township E-Cycling events

Recycle your old electronics  -  "Anything with a plug" 
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Saturday, February 25, 2017
9:00 am - 1:00 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.***


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

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!


More recycling info from Abington Twp...


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.

 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 System
TM has seven areas to measure progress over the long term:
Volunteers are needed to help gather information and develop
future plans. For more information or to volunteer, email 
For STAR Communities info, visit StarCommunities.org .

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.


Thank you to our project partners

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, 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!
Thank you for helping 
Keep Abington Beautiful!

Thank you for volunteering with us at our Earth Day clean-ups in 2016. Together, we cleaned-up and beautified 13 parks and green spaces throughout Abington township.
Our 243 volunteers picked up 678 pounds of litter and planted 759 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 Jimmy DiPlacido, Tom Hecker,
Carol Gillespie, Ben Sanchez and others for cleaning-up!

Send us suggestions for locations for next year!

Information on events is listed below. Email an EAC member for more info, eac.abington@gmail.com.


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