The Environmental Steering Committee meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:30 PM in the Municipal Meeting Room, lower level of the Municipal Building, entrance and parking on west side of the building. No meetings the months of November or December.
This Committee was originally established in the late 1980's to develop the township's recycling program. Over the years they have hosted numerous backyard composting workshops, rain barrel education, electronics recycling collections, litter clean-up events, household hazardous waste collections, as well as, provided recycling and environmental education programs for the girl and boy scouts, local churches, Palmer Library children programs, and elementary schools.
The Committee is appointed by the Board of Supervisors.
Below is a listing of the members along with their term expiration:
Mr. Bill Ruch - Chair - Term 12/31/23
Mr. Thomas Grube - Vice-Chair - Term 12/31/26
Mr. Zane Rice - Term 12/31/27
Mr. Bill Hartin - Term 12/31/27
Ms. Karen Adams - Term 12/31/25
Mr. Thomas Dittmar - Term 12/31/26
Mr. Marc Singley - Term 12/31/26
Ms. Paige Strasko - ESC Coordinator/Secretary
Palmer Receives Recycling Grant Money (updated January 2022)
We have heard the comment "recycling pays" many times in the past. For Palmer Township it pays in many ways. First, we, as residents, are doing our part to reduce the stress on landfills. Second, we are recycling material that can be used again to produce products; and third, we are getting grant money from the Commonwealth to support our recycling programs.
Through the efforts of the Township's Environmental Steering Committee and Recycling Coordinator, the recycling grant money the Township has received since 1990 amounts to $3,423,526.56. This total accounts for the moneys received for both performance and collection equipment grants.
A lot of work goes into the record keeping and grant application writing for both the performance and collection equipment grants. The Township appreciates the Committee's and Coordinator's efforts in this regard.