salisbury environmental advisory council
The Salisbury Township Environmental Advisory Council will hold its first Earth Day May 18.
STEAC members are discussing plans for the event, to be held at Lindberg Park, along Lindberg Avenue in western Salisbury.
Also, at the Feb. 20 STEAC meeting in the Municipal Building, representatives of Waste Management, the township trash hauler and recycling firm, said a new program taking place in California may be brought to the Lehigh Valley.
Lindberg Park has been reserved for Earth Day. The event will include talks by experts on topics such as gardening and the environment. The STEAC hopes to schedule a talk by a master gardener from the Lehigh County Cooperative Extension Office.
Linda Emery, market administrator, Public Sector Services Department, Eastern Pennsylvania Market Area, Waste Management, and Patty Barthel, Public Affairs, Waste Management, briefed the STEAC about the firm's "At Your Door" program, whereby trash, recycling and/or waste items not included with regular pickups, are taken care of.
According to Emery, talks are underway between Waste Management and Lehigh County for "At Your Door," already underway in California.
"It's quite an undertaking, but it's one that we're working at," Berthal said. "These are things that are no longer considered waste," she added of the items for pickup.
The items include, for example, fluorescent bulbs, batteries, electronics and syringes (so-called "sharps").
Waste Management provides "Think Green From Home" recycling kits, which are available for a fee.
At the meeting, STEAC members also discussed the township's recent "Bird Town" designation. Salisbury is the third municipality in Lehigh County to participate in the Audubon Society of Pennsylvania program.
Several STEAC members, as well as Salisbury Township Director of Planning and Zoning Cynthia Sopka, plan to attend a "Bird Town" training program, which is included in the membership fee, to be held March 10.
"It's an introductory. What you want is people to take over the program," STEAC member Kreg Ulery said.
STEAC members reported on their research into topics relating to the Salisbury Township Zoning Ordinance update. The topics include wind turbines, timber harvesting, steep slopes and solar power.
The next STEAC meeting is scheduled 7 p.m. March 20 in the Municipal Building, 2900 South Pike Ave.