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USC Recycling Changes: Frequently Asked Questions

USC Administration - Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Why do Upper St. Clair residents need to make recycling changes?

The Township of Upper St. Clair, along with 18 other South Hills Council of Governments municipalities, bid jointly for waste hauling, including recycling. We received three bidders for the five-year contract, and all the bidders say they will no longer accept plastics #3-#7 or glass of any kind as part of the recycling collection.
 That is why Upper St. Clair, as well as other surrounding municipalities such as Bethel Park and Mt. Lebanon, are being forced to make these changes. 

For years we’ve been encouraged to recycle as much as possible and keep materials out of the landfill. Why recycle less now?

The recycling market has changed. Some materials that previously were recycled and turned into useful things are no longer of value in large quantities. In addition, contamination is a problem. Countries that buy our recyclables no longer accept loads containing contaminated material. Contaminated loads are turned away and often end up in landfills.

According to Waste Management, our recycling provider, recycling the right way as opposed to recycling more is beneficial because much of what we think is being recycled is going to the landfills anyway. 

What contaminates a load?

According to Waste Management, many people at this time do not recycle correctly. Some people put greasy pizza boxes or other dirty containers into the recycling bin. Some people will throw in Styrofoam, which is not part of our recycling collection. The biggest contaminant we’ve learned is glass, which can shatter into small shards and ruin an entire load. The shattered glass embeds into other recyclable materials like cardboards, making them unable to be recycled.

What items can we continue to recycle as usual?

Please continue to recycle:
-Aluminum, bi-metal, steel Cans
-Mixed paper (phone books, magazines, office paper, junk mail, cardboard, newspaper)
-#1 and #2 plastic bottles, jars, jugs

What items that we previously recycled are no longer acceptable?

No more:
-Glass of any type or color
-Plastics #3-#7. (As a rule of thumb, do not recycle any plastic material that is pliable enough to wrap around your thumb. You can often bring back your plastic grocery bags to the store’s recycling bin.)
-Shredded paper

What things have never been accepted for recycling?

Continue not to recycle:
-Styrofoam
-Food or liquid
-Pizza boxes
-Yard waste
-Electronics
-Household hazardous waste containers

What happens if we don’t recycle correctly?

Beginning in 2020, the Township will be charged $150 for every load the recycling plant deems contaminated. That is a potential penalty of more than $250,000 a year.

In 2019, Waste Management tells us they will start spot checking residential recycling bins. If the bins are clearly contaminated, they won’t take it for recycling.

Where can I find more information?

Visit recycleoftenrecycleright.com for more information. If you are looking to recycle an item that is no longer accepted in your curbside collection program, visit earth911.com.

USC Issues Proclamation on Fire Prevention Week

USC Administration - Saturday, October 06, 2018
The Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners issued a proclamation establishing the week of Oct. 7-13, 2018 as fire prevention week in the Township. 

Commissioner Robert W. Orchowski presented the proclamation to Upper St. Clair Volunteer Fire Department's Fire Prevention Coordinator Russell Rauch. 

Mr. Orchowski said, "The Township of Upper St. Clair is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all those living in and visiting our Township.

"Fire is a serious public safety concern both locally and nationally, and homes are the location where people are at greatest risk from fire. U.S. fire departments responded to 352,000 home fires in 2016, according to the National Fire Protection Association, that resulted in 2,735 civilian deaths, representing a majority (4 out of 5) of all U.S. fire deaths. The fire death rate per 1,000 home fires reported to U.S. fire departments was 10 percent higher in 2016 than in 1980. 

"Residents should identify places in their home where fires can start and eliminate those hazards. Working fire alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half, therefore residents should install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home. Residents should listen for the sound of the smoke alarm and when it sounds respond by going outside immediately to the designated meeting place. Residents who have planned and practiced a home fire escape are more prepared and will therefore be more likely to survive a fire. 

"The Township of Upper St. Clair first responders are dedicated to reducing the occurrence of home fires and home fire injuries through prevention and protection education. Residents are responsive to public education measures and are able to take personal steps to increase their safety from fire, especially in their homes.

"The 2018 Fire Prevention Week theme, "Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware -- fire can happen anywhere," effectively serves to remind us that we need to take personal steps to increase our safety from fire. 

"The Board of Commissioners urges all residents to be aware of their surroundings, look for available ways out in the event of a fire, respond when a smoke alarm sounds by exiting the building immediately, and to support the public safety activities and efforts of the Township of Upper St. Clair's fire and emergency services during Fire Prevention Week 2018."

USC Commissioners Honor Firefighters

USC Administration - Tuesday, October 02, 2018
Pictured from left to right: Abbey Scannell; Capt. Keith Scannell; Isabella Oprison; Michael Moore; Donald DeLeo; Commissioner Robert W. Orchowski; and Upper St. Clair Volunteer Fire Department Vice President Russ Rauch

The Township of Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners recognized the following volunteer firefighters for their years of service on Monday night:

-Donald DeLeo: 45 years of service
-Daniel Ferguson: 40 years of service
-Gerald Kopach, Jr.: 35 years of service 
-Drew Gerlach: 20 years of service
-Michael Moore: 15 years of service
-Mark Krzywicki: 15 years of service

Commissioner Robert W. Orchowski presented the Certificates of Appreciation and thanked the firefighters for their dedication to the community. 

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. 


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

New Upper St. Clair Police Chief Sworn In

USC Administration - Tuesday, August 28, 2018



















































































































Jon Wharton has worked his way through the ranks in the Township of Upper St. Clair and was sworn in Monday night as the new police chief.

Chief Wharton, an Upper St. Clair High School graduate, took his oath to serve and protect before a big crowd in the Board of Commissioners’ meeting room. The crowd included family, friends, the Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners, and current and former police officers.

Chief Wharton, 48, joined the department 27 years ago. Former Upper St. Clair Police Chief and current Upper St. Clair Commissioner Ronald J. Pardini hired Wharton as a patrolman.

“It’s a great feeling to see someone develop into his full potential. He’s a fine young man, very community-oriented. He has all the necessary training and will be a very fine chief. I’m very proud of him,” said Commissioner Pardini.

Chief Wharton was the first patrolman Township Manager Matthew R. Serakowski promoted to sergeant. He also promoted Wharton from sergeant to lieutenant and now -- to chief.

“I have total confidence in Jon to serve as our Chief of Police. He has a proven record for commitment to the community and to the department,” said Township Manager Serakowski.

The Board of Commissioners’ President Mark D. Christie also has full trust in Chief Wharton.

“We think he’s a very qualified candidate. He will do a great job guiding the Township,” said Christie.

Chief Wharton kept his remarks short, recognizing the most influential people in his career. Chief Wharton thanked former Upper St. Clair Chiefs Pardini and Douglas Burkholder and police officers past and present for their leadership and guidance. He also thanked former and current commissioners and Township Manager Serakowski for believing in him. Lastly, Chief Wharton gave a heartfelt thank you to his family and wife, Lauren, who pinned him with his new chief stars.

“I vow to the citizens of the Township that I will fulfill this title to the best of my ability,” said Chief Wharton. 

Chief Wharton takes over for former Chief Burkholder, who retired earlier this year. 

Pictured Above:
Photo 1: Chief Jon Wharton was sworn in by the Honorable D. Michael Fisher
Photo 2: Chief Jon Wharton, Lauren Wharton, Township Manager Matthew R. Serakowski
Photo 3: Greg Wharton (20), Andrew Wharton (18), Chief Jon Wharton, Lauren Wharton, Eric Wharton (21)
Photo 4: Former Chief and current Commissioner Ronald J. Pardini and Chief Jon Wharton
Photo 5: The Upper St. Clair Police Department

Bethel Church Road in USC to Temporarily Close

USC Administration - Wednesday, August 01, 2018
The southbound lane of Bethel Church Road near Alton Drive in Bethel Park and next to Upper St. Clair will close at 6 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 6, 2018. The closure, which is expected to last until Friday, Aug. 17, is required for core drilling of the pavement as part of a landslide investigation, according to the Allegheny County Department of Public Works.

Crews will perform their work between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays, and there will be alternating single-lane traffic in the northbound lane. Flaggers will be used to direct traffic, and drivers are urged to use caution in the area. 

The work will be done by D'Appolonia of Churchill, PA. 

Low-Interest Loans Available for Upper St. Clair Flood Victims

USC Administration - Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Homeowners, renters and business owners impacted by the June 20 flood in Upper St. Clair may be eligible for low-interest loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Programs. 

Low-interest loans of up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. SBA regulations permit loans of up to $40,000 to repair or replace personal property. Businesses and nonprofits can borrow up to $2 million to restore damaged or destroyed buildings, inventory, equipment and assets. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant's financial qualifications. 

A Disaster Loan Outreach Center will be set up in Bridgeville to assist anyone who wishes to apply for a loan. 

Where: Bethany Presbyterian Church
740 Washington Ave.
Bridgeville, PA 15017
Opening: Thursday, July 26 at 11:00 a.m.
Days: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 28, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Closed: Sunday, July 29
Closing: Thursday, August 2 at 4:00 p.m.
Why: SBA customer service representatives will issue loan applications, answer questions about the disaster loan program, explain the application process and help individuals complete their applications.

Individuals unable to visit the center in person may obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the hearing impaired), or by emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

Loan applications can also be downloaded from www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be returned to the Disaster Loan Outreach Center in Bridgeville (see above for hours) or mailed to:
U.S. Small Business Administration
Processing and Disbursement Center
14925 Kingsport Rd.
Fort Worth, TX 76155

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA's secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela

Deadlines:
The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is September 24, 2018.
The deadline to return economic injury disaster loan applications in April 24, 2019.

Raccoon Found in Upper St. Clair Tests Positive for Rabies

USC Administration - Friday, June 29, 2018
From the Allegheny County Health Department:

The Allegheny County Health Department has confirmed that a raccoon brought to one of its facilities has tested positive for rabies. The raccoon was discovered near the intersection of Murdstone Road and Salem Drive in the Township of Upper St. Clair.

Rabies is a virus transmitted by an animal bite or scratch, and exposures due to a bite or scratch are almost always fatal if left untreated. Any individual who is bitten, scratched or otherwise exposed to saliva from a stray or any other animal, should immediately cleanse the contact area with soap and water, seek emergency medical treatment and call the Allegheny County Health Department (412-687-2243) to report the incident. 

Residents should always avoid stray animals and wildlife, even if they appear healthy, to avoid exposure to rabies. Residents should also have their pets vaccinated, and watch for unusual behavior. If any animal appears to be acting strange or becomes threatening, residents should notify their local animal control service, the police or the Pennsylvania Game Commission immediately. 

This is the eighth rabid animal reported in Allegheny County so far in 2018: four raccoons and four bats. 
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