Saturday, June 25, 2011

Big Bellies for Chestnut Hill-the dream becomes reality

The Chestnut Hill Community Association UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED Big Belly trash compactors and recycling units for Chestnut Hill Thursday night!! GRinCH is so excited and can't wait til they arrive!
We would like to thank the community -- GRinCH was able to demonstrate broad-based resident and business support for the Big Bellies--and that support made all the difference.
Also we would like to thank all of the citizens that attended the CHCA meeting Thursday night!
We are on our way to making Philadelphia America's Greenest City!!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Hillers want Big Belly Trash Compactors and Recycling!

Support Solar Compactors and Recycling in Chestnut Hill!
GReenINChestnutHill (GRinCH) has been working with the City of Philadelphia to bring 15 Big Belly Solar Trash Compactors and recycling units to Chestnut Hill. It was approved last month by the Land Use Planning Zoning committee (LUPZ) and now needs a majority vote from the Chestnut Hill Community Association. GRinCH did the footwork to take the pulse of the community by collecting over 250 signatures in the 19118 zip code supporting the Big Bellies. The Big Bellies also have the support of over 35
longstanding and prominent businesses on The Hill including Weavers Way, Kilian Hardware, The Chestnut Hill Cheese Shop, Night Kitchen, Bredenbecks, Valley Green Bank, and many others.
Now GRinCH needs Chestnut Hill residents to come to the CHCA board meeting at the Chestnut Hill Library, 7 p.m., Thursday June 23 to show community support!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Weavers Way Electronic Recycling Event

Electronics Recycling on Saturday, June 25

It's time for Spring cleaning!! Clear out your basement and garage of any unwanted electronics, knowing that they will be handled in a safe and ethical manner. Weavers Way Environment Committee and the Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting are co-sponsoring an electronics recycling collection on Saturday, June 25 from 10a.m. to 2 p.m. at 100 E. Mermaid Lane, in the parking lot at the Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting. While the event is free, voluntary donations will be encouraged (suggested donations range from $1 to $10 per item). Half of the donations received will go to the Weavers Way Environment Committee’s fund, which distributed small grants to community groups for environmental education and to projects that enhance the environment. The other half of the donations will fund Quaker-organized community gardens in the Fair Hill neighboorhood in north Philadelphia.

A wide variety of items will be accepted, including computers, printers, TVs, audio equipment, cameras, cell phones, DVD players, VCRs and microwaves. For a complete list of items that will be accepted, email

Pennsylvania recently passed a law setting standards for recycling electronics in order to keep their toxic waste out of landfills. Materials Processing Corp. (MPC), exceeds the highest standards for electronics recycling. Along with various industry certifications, they are also certified by the nonprofit Basel Action Network as an e-Steward. MPC recently opened a state-of-the-art facility in northeast Philadelphia where they have hired 40 local employees. The company adheres to safe practices for recycling so that the environment and workers’ health are not compromised. MPC sees reuse as the highest form of recycling, so they recondition collected items when at all possible. They have a strict “no landfill” policy. None of the materials they collect are processed in developing countries, where unregulated electronics usually are sent.

There is no rain date planned, so the collection will happen on June 25th rain or shine. Please spread the word to your friends and neighbors!