EAC members are assisting Town staff in conducting site visits that review compliance for recycling at businesses and commercial establishments within the Town. The business visits review ongoing recycling activities. If recycling is not occurring, the visits provide the business with an awareness of the Town Ordinance (Part 9 Title 5 Article 929. Recycling) that requires recycling. The visits encourage additional recycling, thereby reducing the volume of trash generated.
Since March 2017, the EAC has visited nearly 110 businesses in Town. It also has conducted some institutional site visits (of places such as North Allegheny schools and La Roche College).
The EAC is looking for "A+ Recyclers" — places that are doing what they can do to recycle as well as encouraging the public to recycle.
Here are some of the A+ Recyclers we've found:
Target (Pine Creek Plaza) — public containers for cans/bottles, plastic bags and some electronics (MP3 players, cellphones and ink cartridges)
Whole Foods (Wexford Plaza) — public containers marked for landfill, recycling and composting
Giant Eagle (Pine Creek and McIntyre Square) — public containers for cans/bottles as well as plastic bags
Trader Joes (McCandless Crossing) — plastic bag recycling available
Lowes (McCandless Crossing) — public containers for CFL light bulbs, rechargeable batteries, plastic bags and wood
Panera Bread (McCandless Crossing) — public recycling container available
Home 2 Suites (McCandless Crossing) — recycling container in the lobby, and a recycling container in each guest room
Eichner's Farm Market (Richard Road) — they reuse (and encourage customers to reuse) things like bags and egg cartons
Auto Zone (Route 19) — recycles cardboard, vehicle chemicals, oil (including oil brought in by people who change their oil at home), oil filters and batteries
North Allegheny Schools — recycling containers in cafeteria, water bottle filling stations, student groups assist in emptying classroom recycling bins
CCAC North Campus — recycling containers in various locations on each floor, water bottle filling station
La Roche College — public recycling containers, student "eco council" assists with recycling education, dining hall has compost container (and also uses non-disposable plates and silverware for dine-in and compostable containers for take-out)