With the help of membership dues, donations, and visits to the center, we’ve had an impressive year. We couldn’t have done it without the support from the community!
- One of the most exciting highlights of the year is our new office facility. In the late summer we started converting unused warehouse space into a NEW office facility. In early December we moved in and have eliminated the rental of our office trailer. This new space is alongside our drive through warehouse and gives us a great place for more educational activities and a more professional setting to hold meetings and perform our daily business functions.
- Provided 152 youth education programs at libraries, scout groups, preschools and at K-12 schools, reaching approximately 6,800 youth of the County.
- Presented 9 adult educational programs, engaging approximately 200 adults from the County in-person learning experiences.
- Engage over 800 people at 6 table displays at various events throughout the County including the Westmoreland Fair, a farmers market, and a watershed association event.
- Had over 22,000 visitors to the Center (5,000 more visitors than last year)
- Shipped out for proper disposal:
- 1.5 million pounds of TVs and E-waste
- 304,000 pounds of cardboard
- 215,000 pounds of books, newspaper, mixed paper and white paper
- 172,000 pounds of glass
- 330,000 pounds of scrap metal
- 32,000 pounds of lead acid batteries
- 7,000 pounds of block and food grade foam (approximately 5,400 ft3 of landfill space – the space of 54 large refrigerators!)
- Over 10,000 pounds of plastic bags
- Over 43,000 pounds of plastic containers marked with the symbol 1 thru 7
- 1,250 Freon appliances
- Over 16,000 tires
- 31,000 light bulbs
- 1,485 gallons of used motor oil.
- Prevented over 95,000 pounds of household hazardous waste (HHW) from entering landfills through our bi-monthly HHW collection events.
- 167 youth and adults volunteers donated a total of 755 hours of their time, which equates to $24,000 in in-kind donations (using the 2023 value of volunteer time of $31.80/hr.)
- Partnered with the Westmoreland Conservation District to host a West Nile Virus Tire Collection
- Participated in the Unity Township, Derry Township and Hempfield Township Cleanup Days
- Welcomed 1 new member to our Board of Directors.
Yes, our staff has been very busy this year. But these highlights and the volume of the material collected at our Recycling Center also indicate how committed our community is to keeping Westmoreland County clean and protected for ourselves as well as future generations. We could not do what we do without the 22,000 visitors willing to make the drive out to center. We also rely on our members and visitors whose donations provide financial support towards are efforts. If you would like to make a donation to Westmoreland Cleanways to help us continue our services, your donations can be dropped off with any of our Recycling Center staff, mailed to the office, or sent via PayPal. Thank you.