Recycling Resources for the Shenango River Watershed
2023 Recycling Opportunities
Shenango River Watchers hosts an annual Tire Recycling program on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend every May. Check our current Calendar of Events for more information.
- Mercer – Lawrence Counties Backyard Composting Guide
- Vermicomposting / Worm Bin Composting Information
Pennsylvania’s Covered Device Recycling Act states that effective in January, 2013, landfills may no longer accept electronics. These items must be recycled. Items included in this disposal ban are televisions, computers (including monitors, keyboards, mice, printers), and cell phones.
Recycling in Pennsylvania
Recycling in Ohio
Reasons to Recycle
Why Recycle Aluminum?
- Aluminum is infinitely recyclable.
- More than half of the aluminum used to make the nearly 100 billion beverage cans each year in North America is from recycled aluminum.
- Recycling one can saves enough energy to run your TV for eight hours or a 100-watt light bulb for ten hours.
- It takes 95% less energy to recycle aluminum than create it from raw materials.
- Recycled aluminum requires less energy, so it produces 95% less emissions, such as greenhouse gases.
More facts about aluminum can recycling
Why Recycle Steel?
- Recycling steel prevents the need to mine additional iron and coal, the primary ingredients to make new steel.
- Producing new steel from virgin materials requires more non-renewable energy than steel made from recycled steel.
- Steel recycling saves landfill space as well as provides a scrap resource to the steel industry.
- For every ton of steel recycled, 2500 pounds of iron ore, 1400 pounds of coal and 120 pounds of limestone are conserved.
- At current rates of recycled steel use, the steel industry conserves the equivalent energy to power about 18 million homes for 12 months.
More facts about steel recycling
Why Recycle Glass?
- Glass is 100 percent recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without any loss in purity or quality.
- Recycled glass is always a component of making new glass (in addition to sand, soda ash, and limestone). The more recycled glass, the greater the reduction in energy use. This lowers manufacturing costs and benefits the environment. Raw materials are conserved and less energy demand reduces CO2 emissions.
Our Can Drop program has ended. We are extremely grateful to everyone who has donated their cans and scrap metal over the years to help us raise money for projects and cleanups. We would also like to thank Kilgore Sales and Service/ Towing in Hermitage for all of their support over the years, as well as Tri-County Industries for lending us the dumpster for several years, and The Engraving Place for allowing us to use their parking lot as the can drop location. Thank you!