Happy 50th Anniversary of Earth Day!

Happy 50th Anniversary of Earth Day! Did you know Earth Day was founded by Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin in 1970?  Nelson wanted a national day to focus on the environment after assessing the state of pollution in America. Leaded gasoline was fueling inefficient automobiles; smoke and sludge was spewing from industry into the air and water.  On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans participated in events in support of a cleaner environment. Shortly after, the United States Environmental Protection Agency was formed, and many key environmental laws established like the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts.

Earth Day is now GLOBAL with more than a billion people celebrating and taking action.
Decide to join in action today.  Try a new habit:
REDUCE food waste by mindful shopping.
Plant pollinator-friendly flowers. Spread wildflower seeds encouraging butterflies and bees.
REFUSE single-use plastics like bags, straws, cups and dishes.
REUSE with shopping bags, paper (or no) straws, washable dishes, glasses and travel mugs.
Plant a tree or two in 2020 and help with Climate Change as they capture carbon emissions.
Be serious about saving ENERGY and RESOURCES.
If driving, plan direct routes and ease up on gas before approaching a STOP.
Use Less Water.
Wash clothes in cold water and hang-dry on a rack or outside saving energy.
RECYCLE whatever you can in your town or county.

Thank you for CARING for Our EARTH!

Electronics Recycling Event Set For November 16

Electronic manufacturer, hp, is sponsoring an electronics recycling collection for the residents of Lackawanna County in cooperation with the Lackawanna County Environmental Office.

In celebration of America Recycles Day, this one day only event will take place on Saturday, November 16, at the Viewmont Mall parking lot from 9 am to 1 pm.  Televisions and computers will be accepted by hp along with copiers and peripherals.

For further information, contact the County’s Environmental Office at 570-963-2017.

2018 Christmas Tree Recycling Schedule

Lackawanna County residents can take Christmas trees to the Lackawanna Recycling Center @ 3400 Boulevard Avenue in Scranton 18512 during regular business hours.  The center is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 3:15 p.m.  There is no charge during the month of January.   Trees must be free of all decorations and without bags.
Municipal Schedules for Pickup of Trees
Archbald As needed.  Place at curb in January.
Blakely Borough Place at curb in January
Clarks Green January 12th
Dalton Weekly until January 29th
Dickson City Every Monday in January
Dunmore As needed.  Place at curb in January.
Glenburn As needed.  Place at curb in January.
Jermyn Mondays and Wednesdays in January
Mayfield Weekly until January 31st
Moosic Every Thursday and Friday in January
Moscow Drop off at Borough Bldg during January
Olyphant January 8th, 22nd, and 29th
Roaring Brook Mondays:  January 8, 15th and 22nd
Scranton January 8th through end of month
S. Abington Saturday January 20th
Taylor Mondays and Fridays in January
Throop Mondays:  January 8 and 15


Lackawanna County Commissioners Corey D. O’Brien, Jim Wansacz and Patrick M. O’Malley along with the County’s Office of Environmental Sustainability and the PA DEP will provide Lackawanna County residents with an opportunity to recycle used tires at The Lackawanna County Recycling Center on Boulevard Avenue and collection sites located below. To offset the cost of recycling, $2.00/tire will be collected for passenger tires and $3.00/SUV or pick up tires. All drop-off sites are open to all county residents. TIRES must be off the rim and free of water, mud and debris. This is a residential and non-commercial event. Please phone 570.963.2017 ext 1 or 570.840.3153 with any questions.