Did you know that YCSWA offers FREE tours and programs? It’s true! And, our calendars are filling up as we approach the warmer months. If you are looking for a fun, educational activity to do with your family or civic group, read on to learn more details about the tours and programs we offer.
YCSWA staff offer tours of the York County Resource Recovery Center (YCRRC). Here, all of York County’s municipal trash that is combustible is turned into electricity. The trash you take to the curb each week is delivered to this facility. It is dropped into a combustion barrel and burned. As the trash burns, it heats up water to create steam. That steam travels to a turbine which is connected to a metal rod. The rotational energy of the rod is turned into electricity and can be used to power 20,000 homes at any given time of day. Fascinated by the process? Click here to learn more.
We also give tours of the Hopewell Area Recreation Complex (HARC). This beautiful area was once a working landfill. The landfill is currently closed and it houses ball fields, playgrounds, a pavilion and walking trails. More than 122 species of birds have been spotted at this site. Birds aren’t the only flying friends you will see at HARC. Monarch butterflies are frequently spotted at certain times of the year. They are attracted to the milkweed that has been planted in the grasslands at HARC. Click here to read more about HARC.
YCSWA staff offer a variety of programs which can be scheduled in-person or virtually throughout the year. One of the most enjoyed hands-on programs available is Vermicomposting: Worms with an Appetite! This program focuses on how we can recycle food waste with a little help from worms. Each participant makes their very own worm cup bin to take come with them, complete with a few worms. They are taught how some food waste can be added to the cup and it will be eaten by the worms who will then produce a rich material that can be used to help plants grow. Want more information, click here.
Another program favorite is Recycled Paper Revelations! This program focuses on the importance of being responsible with waste and being mindful about recycling. Participants get to learn about the paper wasp and hear how it creates a paper-like nest. They also learn about how paper has been made for many years using trees and water. YCSWA staff then talk about the importance of preserving our natural resources and the importance of recycling. Those in attendance will make a recycled piece of paper. For more information, click here.
If you would like more information or would like to schedule a FREE tour or program, please click here to visit our website. You can also call 717-845-1066 during normal business hours. It is one of our goals to educate the community on how to responsibly dispose of trash. The tours and programs above are just a few ways we meet that goal. Please feel free to contact us with any waste-related question.