Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Hazardous Waste and E-Waste Recycling Event October 19

Delaware County will host a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Recycling Event from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at the Upper Chichester Township Municipal Building at 8500 Furey Road, Upper Chichester, PA 19061.

Delaware County has expanded what can be accepted at this Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events to include most small E-Waste. Simply stated, if it has a cord, does not contain Freon (air conditioners, dehumidifiers, small refrigerators), and is not considered a large appliance, they will accept it. Visit http://www.co.delaware.pa.us/recycle/hhw.html for more information.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Shredding Events This Fall

If your spring cleaning stretched into summer cleaning, you're probably ready to shred a lot of the old paperwork you cleared. Fortunately, there are some free and reasonably priced public shredding events coming up this fall. Since a lot can change, especially due to weather, it's probably best to check hosts' website and/or call them before attending.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

RE/MAX Action Realty
1126 Horsham Rd
Maple Glen, PA 19002
10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Upper Darby High School
601 N Lansdowne Ave
Drexel Hill, PA 19026
9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon

PA Senator Mike Stack
Polonia Bank
The Parkwood Shopping Center
12361 Academy Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154
9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon

Penn Liberty Bank East Goshen
1301 Paoli Pike
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Quaint Oak Bank
501 Knowles Ave.
Southampton, PA 18966
9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Saturday, September 28, 2013                       

Larry Farmbry & Associates
7300 City Line Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19151
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Representative Rozzi
4933 Kutztown Road
Temple, PA 19560
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Bucks First Credit Union & Bucks County Planning Commission
Lower Makefield Corporate Center
770 Township Line Road
Yardley, PA 19067
9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Friends of Easttown Public Library                
720 First Ave  
Berwyn, PA 19312
9:00 a.m.–12:00 noon
$10 for one box or two shopping bags

First National Bank & Trust of Newtown
Bucks County Community College
275 Swamp Road
Newtown, PA 18940
9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Whitemarsh Township
Miles Park – Lower Parking Lot, Germantown Pike
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19444
8:00 a.m.–12:00 noon

Middletown Township (Residents only)
3 Municipal Way
Langhorne, PA 19047
9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Upper Macungie Township
Public Works Garage
8550 Schantz Rd.
Breinigsville, PA 18031
9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Penn Liberty Bank Trooper
2724 Ridge Pike
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Schuylkill Township                                          
1580 Charlestown Road           
Phoenixville, PA

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Montgomery County
Lower Merion High School
Montgomery Avenue
Ardmore, PA
9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon

Representative Briggs
554 Shoemaker Road
King of Prussia, PA 19406
11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

If you have a fall 2013 shredding event to add to this list, please e-mail sara@saralong.com.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Delaware County will host a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Recycling Event from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at Rose Tree Park at 1671 N. Providence Road, Media, PA 19063.

Delaware County has expanded what can be accepted at this Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events to include most small E-Waste. Simply stated, if it has a cord, does not contain Freon (air conditioners, dehumidifiers, small refrigerators), and is not considered a large appliance, they will accept it. Visit http://www.co.delaware.pa.us/recycle/hhw.html for more information.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Reducing Clutter Room by Room by Paul Benjamin

Here is a guest post that I hope you will find useful!

A cluttered house can be a stressful house. Many people assume that getting organized and reducing clutter once and for all is just as, if not more stressful than the mess itself. The good news is that conquering clutter doesn’t have to be a painful process. Follow these simple steps to get organized one room at a time.

The Bedroom

Because of the private nature of a master bedroom, it is often an afterthought during the house-cleaning process. But messy bedrooms can actually make it harder to relax and fall asleep. Having too much clutter and disorganization can be counterproductive and actually make it harder for you to relax and get a restful night’s sleep. 

Instead, turn your bedroom into a clutter-free sanctuary by making sure that everything is properly stored.  Start with your closet by clearing out anything you no longer have use for. A common tactic for going through clothes (or any belongings) is to sort into 3 piles:
  • Toss
  • Keep
  • Giveaway / Donate
So if that old concert tee-shirt doesn’t fit anymore, donate it. If your favorite dress has slipped out of style, get rid of it. The most important part of this process is to be honest about how likely you are to use something again. If you haven’t worn an item in over a year – chances are you can get rid of it.
Once you’ve gotten rid of all of the clothing and accessories you no longer use, hang your in-season clothing on easy-to-access hangers and store the rest in clearly labeled containers on closet shelves. The goal here is to keep your floor as clear as possible.

Finally, clear any flat surfaces. Do not use night stands or dressers as a catch-all. If you can’t clear it away, then consider extra storage options like shelving or hooks. Maintaining the rule that no items are to be stored on these surfaces will not only help repel clutter, it will also help induce relaxation by reducing bed-time stress.

The Kitchen

The kitchen is often the hub of the whole family, which means that it is a magnet for all things clutter. Stop the madness before it begins by designating a place for everything: in- and out-boxes for paperwork, an art stand for crafts or jars for pins and paperclips are great ways to start. Keep only items you need regularly in close reach and come up with a system that your family will use for storing everything else in an organized fashion.

Take the time to go through your pots and pans, Tupperware cabinet or any other problem area.  Toss anything that is damaged or rarely used in your recycle bin, and organize the rest.  Using old CD racks as lid storage or rolling under-cabinet drawers for bulkier items are easy solutions that can make a big impact. You can also use an over-the-door shoe organizer to store paper products such as wax paper and foil behind pantry doors.

The Living Room

Most households today use their living room for a variety of purposes from lounging to entertaining guests.  Because of the high amount of traffic and use this room gets it is especially important to get it organized and under control. Everything should have a home – it’s best to store everything near the area it is used. For example, keep all magazines stored neatly near a comfortable chair and keep all electronics, CDs and video games close to the entertainment center.  Better yet is to purchase furniture that can double as storage – there are many great pieces that serve double duty available at most retailers.

Converting all of your media to digital formats and donating the hard copies is one way to not only reduce clutter, but also to keep all of your favorite movies and music at you and your family’s fingertips.

Going through this process and reducing the clutter in your life is a great exercise with many benefits. Once you have brought order back to your household make a conscious effort to practice good cleaning habits – even taking just 15 minutes each day will help maintain all of your hard work. Also be sure to involve the entire family by creating guidelines or rules for everyone such as clear instructions on where specific items are stored and putting things in their correct spot after use.
All it really takes to tackle clutter is committing to completing a specific task – taking it one step at a time is the best way to do it.

Paul Benjamin is a District Manager at EZ Storage, a self storage company serving the Philadelphia Metro Area for over 40 years.

Friday, May 10, 2013

NBC Shredding Event in Philadelphia

NBC Channel 10 Philadelphia will host a paper shredding event at the Navy Yard (4747 South Broad Street, Philadelphia) on May 18, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Volunteers from the National Association of Professionals-Greater Philadelphia Chapter (NAPO-GPC) will be there to help. Visit the NBC website for more information.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Shredding Event and Electronics Collection on May 4

Representative Joe Hackett will host a shredding event on Saturday, May 4, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. In conjunction with this event, Covanta Energy Corporation will host a free electronics collection to help residents recycle electronics. Both events will take place at the Brookhaven Borough Building, 2 Cambridge Road in Brookhaven.

If you have any questions on what can be shredded or recycled, call 610-461-5543.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Hazardous Waste Recycling Event May 4

Delaware County will host a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Recycling Event from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at Marple Transfer Station at Marpit Drive & Sussex Boulevard, Broomall, PA 19008. Visit http://www.co.delaware.pa.us/recycle/hhw.html for more information.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

E-Waste Recycling and Hard Drive Shredding Event April 6

On April 6, 2013 the Mother of Providence Regional School Student Technology Club "The iSquad" under the direction of technology teacher, Preston Tyrrell, will be hosting an electronic recycling event at the school. This event will be open to anyone and everyone the community.

They are collecting:
  • Computers
  • Laptops
  • Printers
  • Cell Phone
  • Scanners
  • Photo Copiers
  • Office Equipment
  • Fax Machines
  • Digital Camera
  • Servers
  • Car Batteries
  • Networking Equipment
  • Switches
  • Routers
  • And any old Chargers and Power Cords
Essentially they will take all old electronics with the exception of CRT monitors, TVs, and VCRs.

On April 6th, from 8:00 to 1:00 during the event, they will also have a hard drive shredder on location to destroy any hard drive and its personal information.

The Electronic Recycling Event will be held at Mother of Providence School, 607 South Providence Road, Wallingford, PA 19086 next to St. John Chrysostom Church. For more information please visit the website at http://www.mpregional.org or contact Preston Tyrrell at ptyrrell@mpregional.org or 610-656-3859.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

E-Waste Recycling Event in Media on March 9

The Pennsylvania Resources Council and Ecovanta are hosting an Electronic Waste (E-Waste) Recycling Collection Event from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, 2013 in the Route 1/Baltimore Pike parking lot of the Granite Run Mall at 1067 W. Baltimore Avenue, Media, PA, 19063.

Acceptable items include:
  • Computers / Laptops / Monitors 
  • Computer Mice / Keyboards / Peripherals 
  • CD Players 
  • VCR/DVD Players 
  • Cell Phones/Phones 
  • Small Home Office Copiers/Fax Machines 
  • Printers 
  • TVs / Radios / Stereos 
  • MP3 Players 
  • Electronic Toys and Games 
  • Photo and Video Cameras 
  • Microwave Ovens 
  • Mixed Household Electronics
  • Prohibited Items:
  • Hazardous Wastes / Liquids 
  • Loose Batteries 
  • Toner Cartridges 
  • Fluorescent Lamps
  • Common Electrical Appliances (e.g., washers, dryers, stoves, air conditioners, refrigerators, satellite dishes, space heaters)
They remind attendees that, as a general safety precaution, you should always make sure information in data storage devices, such as computers, smart phones, copiers, etc., is completely removed prior to donation or recycling.

Visit the Granite Run Mall online calendar for more information.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Hazardous Waste and E-Waste Recycling April 6

Delaware County will host a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Recycling Event from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at the Emergency Services Training Center at 1700 Calcon Hook Road, Sharon Hill, PA 19079.

Delaware County has expanded what can be accepted at this Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events to include most small E-Waste. Simply stated, if it has a cord, does not contain Freon (air conditioners, dehumidifiers, small refrigerators), and is not considered a large appliance, they will accept it. Visit http://www.co.delaware.pa.us/recycle/hhw.html for more information.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Organizing Toys: IKEA's Trofast System

The toys were taking over. My three-year-old son doesn't have as many as many toys as many of his peers, especially in houses with several kids of different ages and genders, but the abundance was still overwhelming our under-1,000-square-foot house.

The Old System

I had tried to keep up with it all, purging every few months and having a storage basket in the living room and the rest of his toys in his bedroom. Then the toys changed. Some got bigger, some got smaller, some came in sets with many little parts. Cars and figures and things kept falling to the bottom of the storage basket. He was in the habit of dumping it out or dumping out the under-bed storage bins to find those elusive, favorite, tiny items. It wasn't too difficult to clean up--just drop everything back into the big bins--but too much was taken out too often. Everything had a place, but he couldn't find anything. It didn't work.

Enter IKEA

I had been drooling over IKEA's Trofast storage system for a while. Since Thomas is a climber, regular shelves won't do. He even took the bins off of a rod system (pictured here), used the bare frame as a jungle gym, and then stacked the bins and used them as step stools. This was when he was two. Never again.

Trofast is unique because the wooden sides of its frame have slots in which you can place either a shelf or a bin. I decided to use the bottoms and tops of the frames as shelves and then use a lot of bins.


Some purging was necessary before I planned out which Trofast components I was going to buy. I separated toys into "keep" and "hide." I chose to box up some toys instead of giving them away just in case he asked for something specific weeks later. (He has--two things out of dozens.) The hide pile included broken toys, toys he didn't play with much anymore, and toys that annoyed me with their noises or battery requirements.

I have to admit that the most difficult part was weeding the books. While I am all too aware how much libraries and under-served children need books, I was surprised at how attached I was to some of these books. The width of the Trofast frame set a rigid limit on how many books I could store on its bottom shelf. I convinced myself that 40 or so books was enough for any three-year-old, especially when we live within a 15-minute drive of four public libraries. I kept a few baby books in Thomas's memorabilia box, and I kept the books that he loves to read now and that are appropriate for his age now and for the next few years. The rest will go to the library either for their shelves or their fundraising book sale.

Our System

There have to be thousands of ways to set up your Trofast system. I wanted Thomas's bedroom to be the "home" for all of his toys, so I only had room for three Trofast frames. I wrote down types of toys that could be stored in each bin and then sketched out a few possible configurations.

I purchased three of the tallest frames and then six small bins and three medium bins. Bins come in three sizes and a variety of colors. I chose white because, as far as I can tell, it is the only color that is translucent. Clear and translucent bins are great for kids (and adults) who are very visual and tend to forget where items are when they're put away ("out of sight, out of mind").

I am very happy at how the system turned out. Thomas likes it too. I made labels using Microsoft Word and photos of toys from the Internet.

Some of the bins can be a little heavy, but he enjoys using them as drawers or pulling the whole bin out. He can even carry a whole bin downstairs. Clean-up is easy, and it's much easier to find things.

Success! For now...