Public Workshop Series: Help Guide on Delaware County’s Path to Zero Waste

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Released: June 21, 2022

Delaware County recently launched a series of three public workshops to gather community feedback as part of an effort to update the county’s last updated 10-year municipal waste management plan. in 2013, to ensure the county has sufficient treatment and disposal capacity for its municipal waste for the next decade. The new plan will guide the county’s transition to sustainable materials management methods using zero waste practices.

On April 28, the first of the public workshops was held at the Vendors Memorial Library in Upper Darby Township, with nearly 50 Delaware County residents and stakeholders focusing on developing clear goals and guiding principles for the plan. At the end of the workshop, the participants succeeded in agreeing on a working plan comprising a number of guiding principles.

On Thursday, May 26, the second of the public workshops took place at Norwood Public Library and featured an in-depth discussion of potential zero waste initiatives to reduce waste and increase recycling and composting.

Now residents and local businesses are invited to attend the third and final workshop in the series, which will be held on Thursday, June 30 at 6 p.m. in the Community Hall at Chester Town Hall. Participants will review elements of the plan and provide advice on implementation and funding strategies.

Guest speaker Marvin Hayes, Program Manager of the Baltimore Compost Collective, will talk about the collective’s work providing life skills mentoring and first jobs to local youth. The Compost Collective collects food scraps from local customers and creates compost for the Filbert Street Community Garden, Baltimore’s largest community garden.

Marvin Hayes is passionate about his work training the next generation to become environmental champions, helping their community move closer to zero waste. “’Compost: Learn, so you don’t have to burn’ is our motto,” says Hayes.

The workshop will include an open house and a discussion on the preliminary elements of the zero waste plan. Light refreshments will be served. Places are limited and registration is compulsory.

To help ensure the new plan continues to take shape with the priorities of Delaware County residents, businesses and institutions in mind, the public is strongly encouraged to participate. As with the first workshop, the June 30 workshop will be held both in person and via Zoom. Attendance at previous workshops is not a prerequisite for attendance at the final workshop, and new voices are welcome.

Pre-registration is a prerequisite for participation (in person or via Zoom) in the workshop. For more details and to register, visit delcopa.gov/workshops. The Zoom link for online participation will be provided at the end of the registration process.


PUBLIC WORKSHOP 3: DRAFT ELEMENTS OF PLAN
June 30, 6 p.m.
Chester Town Hall Community Hall
1 Fourth Street, Chester, PA 19013

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