Welcome to Lackawanna County’s Environmental Office! This department is dedicated to educating residents, municipalities, businesses, schools and institutions of Lackawanna County on environmental issues. This department offers a variety of services- at no cost-including presentations and workshops on recycling, recycling program set up, environmental shopping, green cleaning, waste audits, water pollution and water conservation.
What is Sustainability?
Sustainability is a Goal for the Future World Community of Earth.
A sustainable society understands that the Earth has a limited amount of natural resources. As responsible residents of a sustainable environment we seek to develop lifestyles and perhaps change habits.
- Protect the air we breathe by limiting our carbon emissions. Easy examples to try to adopt: don’t idle your car; unplug electronic chargers; don’t burn trash.
- Keep our water clean by not dumping anything that does not belong in streams; avoid littering, and be mindful of what goes down the drain.
- Reduce the use of water in kitchens, bathrooms and yards.
- Save our natural resources by reducing what we purchase and throwaway.
- Reuse items whenever possible and reject specialty items that are single use.
As part of the 2021 Earth Day celebration and festivities, the Lackawanna County Commissioners planted trees on the Linden Street side of the Courthouse. The area will be dedicated in the Fall as COVID Memorial Plaza, honoring those who lost their lives to the virus. The trees were donated by the Lackawanna County Conservation District and Corky’s Garden Path & Greenhouse. Several area environmental organizations participated in the event, offering information handouts and giveaways. L-r, Nicole Shapiro, Recycling Coordinator; Commissioner Chris Chermak, Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, and Commissioner Debi Domenick, ESQ