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Announcing Our 16th Annual Earth Day Celebration

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Video Transcript:

Dan:

Hi, I’m Dan I’m here with Aileen and Mike.

Mike:

Hey guys.

Dan:

Very excited about our Earth Day that’s coming up and we just want to give you guys a little preview of what’s going on because things have changed. The last two years have been quite a challenge for us. We used to do a big onsite event, tours, lots of fun, passport books. We did all kinds of things for the last 14 years. Past two years, we’ve had to go online only. It’s had its good things because schools have clicked in and learned a lot. We’ve done a lot that we’re going to keep doing, but this year we’re going to kind of come back to more of an onsite event and we’re very excited about it and want to introduce what we’re doing to you. Before the event, the first thing we’re going to is a trivia contest online. We’re doing our Hinkle Sundae Challenge so why don’t you talk about it and you guys can talk about the prizes they’re going to get.

Aileen:

Okay. Well, we will offer a virtual Earth Day trivia contest online with the prize of a Hinkle sundae.

Dan:

Absolutely. They’re going to do an Earth Day Sundae.

Aileen:

Do your best. Yes, you will have a sundae coupon at the end of that, so that’s one of the prizes. Other prizes we like to do raffle tickets for hats, T-shirts, chocolates.

Dan:

Now don’t bury the big prize. Mike’s got to talk about that.

Mike:

The biggest prize we’re doing this year guys, we want to do something nice for everybody participating in this because we appreciate it and without you guys, this doesn’t become possible. We’re going to do a big Yeti cooler, probably stuffed with a whole bunch of Sahd Metal Recycling merchandise to show our appreciation for every single one of you guys.

Dan:

Absolutely. I bet the stuff will stay cold.

Mike:

It’ll stay cold for-

Dan:

Stay stuck in there.

Mike:

At least a week.

Dan:

A month, that hat’s going to be cold for a month with no ice. I love it. Guys, what the purpose of that is we’re asking the community to give us initiatives that they’re all doing. We do metal recycling every day of the week. We kind of are in and out, we’re in that every single day, but we’re having other companies around here and other organizations like Lancaster County Solid Waste, Sierra Club, companies that have worked with us for 15, 16 years. We’re asking them to help us educate the public with this contest. The reason we’re giving such nice prizes, is we want the education of sustainability to be going out through the community, especially to our youth. That’s the first thing we’re doing is that trivia contest before. Another thing is that week, we’re going to do cans. How many are in here guys?

Mike:

A lot.

Dan:

A lot.

Aileen:

That’s the question.

Dan:

There was an answer from the last one. We’re going to have to pick another bail because people know this number. We’re doing a special prize. In this content, what we’re doing that week is we’re going to give people a special rate for cans. I mean, right now it’s crazy high so we’ll give them 10 cents extra.

Mike:

If everything stays all equal as where we are now, we’re going to be about 85 cents.

Dan:

If it does.

Mike:

Per pound. 85 cents per pound that week for aluminum cans, which is a great number so collect them now and bring them in.

Dan:

Absolutely. We’re also doing prizes. Aileen’s the queen of prizes. She’s always finding new ways to give prizes.

Aileen:

Well, everybody loves prizes.

Dan:

Everyone loves a prize.

Aileen:

Really, what brings us out?

Dan:

It’s the prizes.

Aileen:

Some free goodies.

Dan:

Everyone who contributes, who brings in cans all week is going to get in a drawing for another prize, probably a hundred dollars prize like we did last year. The other thing, initiative, we do this. We have three charities that we work with constantly. Columbia Food Bank, Off the Streets-

Mike:

Off the Streets.

Dan:

Hands Across the Street that we are going to continue to contribute to. A portion of what you bring in per pound is going to be given to those organizations all week. There’s lots of elements to this that are bringing in the community and that’s our goal, community, sustainability, and education.

Dan:

Another thing we’re going to do this week is the tours. We’re back, as I said, to something on site this year. We’re going to do tours all day on April 22nd, which is a Friday. We’re going to do a couple for schools, so we’re going to do a couple virtually, correct?

Aileen:

Yep. We have two tour times set during the day and two tour times set in the evening.

Dan:

Absolutely. The two virtually we’re going to do, we’re going to have one virtually so schools can connect in and learn live. We also are going to be pushing some educational curriculum on our website too. Aileen, you have a lot of friends who are actually teachers who look for this stuff. We’re going to have a page on the site, correct?

Aileen:

Yes. They can just click to that. It will send straight to a lot of our resources that we go to and some of our current resources. We do a lot with ISRI, so that will send straight to their curriculum. It’s nice because it has all different age groups too. If you have preschoolers or if you have 9th graders, 12th graders, it kind of covers that whole span of ages.

Dan:

I have a feeling when we get this going, Aileen’s going to come to me and say, Dan and Mike, we need another prize and we will give another prize because we want kids on there and learning. Homeschool, organizations, Scouts, everyone in there, there is going to be something for you. As Aileen said, it’s called the ISRI JASON program and actually Lancaster County Solid Waste contributes a lot. There are so many resources on there for the public to learn that outside of the contest we’re doing, we’re just going to continue to just put all kinds of information. That’s our mission and that’s our goal. We’re going to have that on our website, on the resource page. Then Mike, finally, why don’t we talk about actually, when you’re here on that day, what are we going to do on April 22nd?

Mike:

Yeah, so guys, if you’re able to make it out, please come out. You’re going to see, you’re going to get a whole tour of the yard. It’ll show exactly what we do, how we recycle things, and what has been the crowd favorite is all the equipment. We’re going to show our material handlers, our sheer cranes, and how we actually do work here. Probably some torching. There are three main ways we kind of move material so we want everyone to see it. Most of the kids love it and come out and see it. It’ll be a fun day.

Dan:

It’s all things I’m not qualified to do, but Mike is very qualified to do so no one’s going to have me near any of the equipment. It is, kids love seeing these big things move things. I mean the grapple claw, the sheers, the big scissors, the torching, kids love this.

Aileen:

I think next to the prizes.

Dan:

Next to the prizes.

Aileen:

Next, that’s the absolute main reason they come.

Dan:

Absolutely. Part of that, what we’re going to do, we’re still fleshing out details. The event this year is going to be a little different. We’ve done it on a Saturday before. We’re going to do it on Earth Day, Friday, April 22nd, from 4:30 to 7:00. In there we’re going to have a tour at five and a tour at six. We’re also going to have a little grab and go kind of dinner for the community. We’re going to see what the rules are at that time and what we can do. We love to feed people. Aileen loves prizes.

Aileen:

Prizes and food.

Dan:

Prizes and food, it keeps going back and we never say no because this is what we’re about. We’re about community guys. We want everyone out. Enjoy yourselves, have some fun. Hopefully we have some organizations here that can help us educate on site that day so we can wrap this all up in what we like to do. Community, education, and sustainability.

Mike:

Guys, it’s all free. Come on out and enjoy it.

Dan:

Absolutely. We’re hoping we aren’t wearing jackets by April 22nd. No promises. Last year, it snowed. No promises on that one, but we’re hoping we are not so make Earth Day every day. Can’t wait to see you soon.

Mike:

Thanks guys.

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Acceptable Materials

Appliances including:
  • Stoves
  • Microwaves
  • Washers and Dryers
  • Dishwashers
  • FOR A $10 FEE—Air Conditioners

End of Life Items Including:
  • Machinery (all fluids,pans and cylinders removed)
  • Farm Equipment
  • Farm Machinery
  • Lawnmowers
  • Cast Iron Patio Furniture
  • Cast Iron Outdoor Railing
  • Sheet Metal
  • Steel Wheels
  • Steel

Nonferrous Scrap:
  • Aluminum
  • Aluminum Cans
  • Aluminum Pots and Pans
  • Aluminum Siding/Gutters/Downspouts
  • Aluminum Patio Furniture
  • Aluminum Wheels
  • Aluminum Wire
  • Auto Batteries
  • Brass Fixtures/Lamps Decorative items
  • Cable, Fence and Wire
  • Christmas Lights
  • Copper
  • Copper and Brass Plumbing Pipes
  • Copper and Brass Plumbing Valves and Connectors
  • Copper Tubing
  • Copper Wire
  • Electric Motors
  • Insulated Wire
  • Radiators
  • Screen Doors/Windows (glass removed)
  • Stainless Steel

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  • Acetylene Cylinders
  • Asbestos or Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM)- applies to both fibrous and solid materials
  • Any Scrap Containing Refrigerants (CFC or HCFC) (Freezers, Refrigerators)  Air Conditioners are accepted for a $10 fee
  • Cathode Ray Tubes (CRT/tube-style computer monitors or televisions)
  • Closed Compressed Gas Cylinders – high pressure cylinders with valve intact
  • Combustible or Flammable Materials – fuels, paints, degreasers, unpunctured aerosol cans
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  • Whole tanks uncut
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