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Recycling Changes to Come in Upper St. Clair

Public Works - Monday, September 17, 2018
The Township of Upper St. Clair and other SHACOG (South Hills Council of Governments) communities must change our recycling habits. Starting Jan. 1, 2019, the following key changes go into effect:

1. Glass will no longer be allowed in the recycling collection. Glass runs hard on the machines and can jeopardize the quality of other good recyclables. Glass also has very low market value. 

2. Make sure you are only recycling plastic bottles, jugs and jars. Any other plastic shape must go in the trash. In other words, only plastics #1 and #2 will be accepted. No plastics #3-#7.

3. No loose bottle caps will be accepted. Caps and lids must be attached to the recycled item. Otherwise, please place all caps and lids in the trash. 

4. Shredded paper will no longer be accepted. Paper and cardboard will continue to be accepted. 

5. Anything you recycle must be clean. Rinse all cans, containers and bottles. There is no mechanism to clean recyclables at the recycling facilities. 

6. No plastic bags of any kind will be accepted. Please place material loose in your recycling bin. 


Waste Management will begin spot checking containers at the curb in 2019. If a container is considered contaminated, it will be left behind as trash. In 2020, Waste Management will begin issuing fines to the Township. 

Upper St. Clair residents are still be allowed to recycle paper, cardboard, aluminum, tin and plastics with the #1 or #2 on the bottom of the container. 

Waste Management suggests the following, "When in doubt, throw it out." There are a number of people who place items in recycling bins that they hope can be recycled, when in fact the un-recyclable items contaminate other recyclables. The practice is called "wish-cycling" or "wishful recycling." Contaminated loads are turned away from recycling plants and go into landfills. 

Visit www.RecycleOftenRecycleRight.com for more information. If you are looking to recycle an item that is no longer acceptable in your curbside collection program, visit www.Earth911.com.

Upper St. Clair Named a Live Well Allegheny Community

USC Administration - Friday, September 07, 2018
The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) has designated the Township of Upper St. Clair as a Live Well Allegheny Community

The Township supports the health of its residents by continuing to develop wellness trails, which can be accessible to residents of all abilities. The Township also promotes smoke-free buildings, perimeters, and parks, provides recreational opportunities to all ages, and encourages involvement with community volunteer activities. 

"It's great to see another municipality in my district has earned the Live Well Allegheny designation," said Sue Means, the county council member representing District 5. "I commend the Township of Upper St. Clair for putting together a plan to promote the health and well-being of its residents."

Participants in the Live Well Allegheny campaign work with the ACHD staff. While monetary resources are not part of the initiative, participants can receive materials, information and collateral items to promote the campaign and their individual efforts to live well. 

"We are excited to welcome the Township of Upper St. Clair to the campaign," said ACHD Director Dr. Karen Hacker. "Now participating are 60 communities, 46 restaurants, 24 workplaces and 14 school districts that are making health a priority in Allegheny County."

"Over the past four years, we have seen substantial buy-in and investment by hundreds of partners into the idea of becoming a healthier county," said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald."We are grateful that so many people have come to the table to think about how to make recreational opportunities and other health-related offerings available in their community, workplace or restaurant. This initiative is only going to continue to grow and, together, we will create a healthier Allegheny County. 


Boyce Mayview Park Wins Great Place in PA Award

USC Recreation - Friday, September 07, 2018





























The Township of Upper St. Clair is proud to announce that Boyce Mayview Park was designated as a Great Place in PA. The 475-acre regional park won the award in the great greenways/trails category. 

Dr. Jim Segedy, FAICP, a member of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association, presented the award to Board of Commissioners' President Mark Christie at the September meeting. Dr. Segedy said it was the first time he saw any one place receive a unanimous vote from the board. 

Boyce Mayview Park in Upper St. Clair contains more than 10 miles of trails system. Trail users experience much environmental diversity, such as open meadows, forests, wetlands, scenic overlooks, and high value habitats for waterfowl, birds, wildlife, and plants. Green infrastructure is also prevalent in the form of pervious pavement, rain gardens and bioswales. Boyce Mayview Park is a unique asset for the community that allows persons of all abilities to enjoy the majesty of nature throughout the seasons. 

"We are honored that Boyce Mayview Park has been recognized by the American Planning Association, PA Chapter as a 2018 Great Places in Pennsylvania for its greenways and trails system. This is a reflection of the years of hard work and planning by the current and past Boards, volunteers and Township staff. This award provides further affirmation that Boyce Mayview Park serves as a regional destination for western PA and beyond with its many passive and active amenities," said Township Manager Matthew Serakowski.

The two other winning areas in the great greenways/trails category included Schuylkill River West Trail in Upper Merion Township and Susquehanna Riverwalk in Williamsport.

Commissioners Present Certificate of Achievement to Cross Country Star

USC Administration - Thursday, September 06, 2018




















Upper St. Clair High School's standout cross country star, Savannah Shaw, has received another recognition to add to her running resume. On Monday night, Savannah's brother, Alex, accepted a Certificate of Achievement on her behalf from the Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners. 

Miss Shaw captured first place for the second year in a row at the 2018 Class AAA Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) Championships in the girls' 1600-meter run. She also placed sixth at the 2018 WPIAL Championships in the 800-meter run and placed fourth at the 2018 Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) girls' track and field Class AAA Championships in the 1600-meter run with a personal best time of 4:49.51.

Commissioner Robert Orchowski presented the award. Miss Shaw's mother, Tara, and her high school cross country coach, Douglas Petrick, were also in attendance. Upper St. Clair Commissioners and residents congratulate Miss Shaw on her achievements and wish her continued success this year on the North Carolina State University's cross country team. 

Upper St. Clair Commissioners Recognize Retired Police Chief

USC Administration - Wednesday, September 05, 2018














































On Monday night, the Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners, Township staff, and current and former police officers recognized retired Upper St. Clair Police Chief Douglas Burkholder for his service.

"It is an honor to recognize Chief Douglas Burkholder for over four decades of service to the Township of Upper St. Clair. Doug has represented the community with utmost integrity and has earned the highest of praise from his peers with his straightforward, professional approach. This has been further demonstrated with his service on many law enforcement boards and committees. It has been an absolute pleasure for me to work alongside of Doug for the last 25 years," said Township Manager Matthew R. Serakowski.

Former police chief and current Commissioner Ronald J. Pardini presented Chief Burkholder with an official proclamation.

"The quality I admire the most about Doug is his loyalty. His loyalty to the Township, to the Police Department and to me. It's my honor and privilege to read this proclamation to you," said Commissioner Pardini.

Chief Burkholder, while serving in the United States Marine Corps Reserves, began his police career as a patrol officer with Rostraver Township in 1973. He joined the Upper St. Clair Police Department as a patrolman in 1976, and rose through the ranks as a sergeant, lieutenant and deputy police chief. In September 2013, Burkholder was named Chief of Police and held the title until he retired in June 2018.

"It's hard not to succeed when you work for this Township," said Chief Burkholder. "Throughout my career, I was surrounded by a lot of good people."

Last month, Jon Wharton was named the new Upper St. Clair police chief

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