Build Your Own Rain Barrel at Lower Saucon Twp. Workshop

Save money and help protect local streams by building your own rain barrel in which to collect water at a collaborative community workshop May 5 in Lower Saucon Township. The workshop is being sponsored by the Saucon Creek Watershed Association and Lower Saucon Township’s Environmental Advisory Council.

With Few Options, Borough Approves 1-Year Recycling Contract With Mascaro

Faced with few options, Hellertown Borough Council somewhat reluctantly approved a one-year contract with J.P. Mascaro & Sons of Allentown for the borough’s recycling hauling in 2016. Borough manager Cathy Hartranft explained that Mascaro–the borough’s current recycling hauler–was the only company to submit bids for the new contract. The one-year contract will cost $81,000, which financial administrator Tina Krasnansky said is $842 more per month than the cost of the current contract. Some of the price increase could be passed on to borough residents if a proposed $15 annual increase in the household recycling fee is included in the borough’s 2016 final approved budget. There is no property tax increase proposed in the draft budget for 2016.

Discard Latex Paint at LST Collection Event Nov. 7

Lower Saucon Township will sponsor a Latex-Based Paint Collection event at the Town Hall Complex, 3700 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bethlehem, on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 from 9 a.m. to noon. The free event is open to Northampton County residents and will be held under the supervision of Northampton County Department of Conservation and Economic Development and Habitat for Humanity of the Lehigh Valley. Below is a flyer that explains what is acceptable and what is not acceptable for dropoff:

Household Hazardous Waste Dropoff Set for Oct. 10

A household hazardous waste dropoff event for Northampton County residents will be held Saturday, Oct. 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Northampton Community College Main Campus, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem. Residents who bring a photo ID or utility bill to verify their county residency will be able to drop off a variety of items such as pool chemicals, antifreeze, products containing mercury, fluorescent lights, propane, pesticides and tires (for a fee). Latex paint will not be accepted. Scrap metal items such as lawn furniture and dryers will be accepted for recycling, however electronics will not be accepted.