With spring comes thoughts of spring cleaning and home renovations. If you have any home improvement projects planned, a great new resource in Philadelphia is Habitat for Humanity's ReStore. ReStore accepts donated goods, which are then sold to the public at a fraction of their retail price. ReStore focuses on big items like building materials, furniture, appliances and home accessories. Accepted items include:
brick and block
home and office furniture
lamps and light fixtures
You can donate your gently used items while keeping reusable materials out of the waste stream and assisting Habitat's community improvement work. You'll also recieve a tax deduction. Who can beat that? Philadelphia's ReStore is located at 2930 Jasper Street in Kensington. For more information about ReStore and a detailed list of accepted items, check out their website.
Short dumping forum slated for June
Short dumping continues to be a major problem in Philadelphia and adds to blight, crime and pollution in our community. In June, PennFuture, along with RecycleNOW coalition partners and Keep Philadelphia Beautiful, will host a forum on short dumping and litter control enforcement. The program will bring together stakeholders from across the community and government to discuss short dumping, our current enforcement policies and how they can be improved. The date of the forum is being finalized and will be available for distribution in May's RecycleNOW newsletter. If you'd like to take part in the forum, please contact PennFuture's Philadelphia outreach coordinator, Andrew Sharp, at email@example.com.
Cutting edge composting facility set for South Jersey
The first organic-waste-to-renewable-energy plant in the United States will be built in our own backyard. Organic Diversion of Marlton, N.J. announced plans to build a groundbreaking new composting facility in Gloucester City, N.J. that will harness and sell biogas created during the composting process. The facility, set for construction in June, will be able to handle approximately 200 tons of food and yard waste daily from local supermarkets, restaurants, schools and hospitals.