Green Initiatives



Upcoming Events, or an Events Calendar

  • April 5th Recycling Day
  • April 13th Earth Day at the park
  • April 22nd actual Earth Day
  • June 15th Father's Day


Moon Twp Farmers' Market


Recycling Guidelines (hide)

Businesses

Pennsylvania law and Moon Township Ordinance require businesses to recycle the following materials: aluminum containers, office paper, corrugated cardboard, and yard waste such as leaves, shrubbery, and tree trimmings - excluding grass clippings. The Moon Township Municipal Authority needs to verify that all business, institutional, and multi-family properties are participating in a recycling program.  Please contact the MTMA at 412-264-4300 to confirm the current status of your recycling program or to get a recycling program started.

Recycling Guidelines Pamphlet

Residential

The Moon Township Municipal Authority handles refuse and recycling for residents through the assistance of a contract hauler - Waste Management of Pittsburgh. For more information visit the MTMA’s website: Moon Township Municipal Authority





Stormwater (hide)

Stormwater runoff is generated when rain and melting snow flows over land or impervious surfaces and does not saturate into the ground. As the runoff flows over the land or these impervious surfaces such as paved streets, parking lots, and building rooftops, it accumulates debris, chemicals, sediment or other pollutants that could harmfully effect water quality if the runoff is left untreated.

What you can do:

  • -Turn your yard waste into useful compost and find other alternatives to fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides.
  • -Sweep up anything left on sidewalks, driveways, and roads.
  • -Never pour anything into storm drains.
  • -Direct downspouts to grassy not paved areas.
  • -Check for leaks from your car's engine and recycle motor oil.
  • -Wash your car at a carwash instead of your driveway.
  • -Clean up all pet waste.

For more information read this informational packet about stormwater: stormwaterpamphlet.pdf

PA DEP - Stormwater
http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/stormwater_management/21377



Rain Gardens

Green Roof- Moon Township has received a grant from ACCD for a feasibility study to put a green roof on the township building. Visit http://accdpa.org/ for more information.




MCA-TV Stormwater Documentary “Soak it Up” (hide)

Soak it Up: A Stormwater Documentary is a half-hour educational program about stormwater management and the impact stormwater has on the environment. However, the main focus is on how community members can help prevent stormwater effects. The documentary includes interviews with Chad R. Davis, P.E.; Malcolm Petroccia, P.E.; Diane Selvaggio; and Uzair Shamsi, Ph.D, P.E. This is a MCA-TV studio production with video work and editing by Clark Cairns.


Environmental Advisory Council (hide)

Go to the Environmental Advisory Council's page: The Moon Township EAC is made up of 5 members. Their basic responsibilities are to provide independent advice and counsel to the Township of Moon on environmental issues such as:
  • -Identifying environmental issues and recommending plans to appropriate agencies for promotion and conservations of natural resources
  • -Protecting and improving the quality of the environment within its territorial limits
  • -Making recommendations as to the possible use of open land areas of the political subdivision within its territorial limits
  • -Promoting a community environmental program. Such as Recycling Day, Earth Day and Great American Clean up PA.
  • -Keeping an index of open areas, publicly or privately owned, for the purpose of obtaining information on the proper use of such area
  • -Advising the appropriate Township of Moon agencies, including but not limited to, the Planning Commission and Township of Moon Supervisors


Recycling Day (hide)

Saturday, June 7, 2014 | 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Township Administration Building

Mark your calendars for Moon Township’s Annual Recycling Day. This event is open to Moon Township residents only, proper ID is required. Accepted items include: usable construction materials, household appliances, electronics and some medical supplies.
Moon Township’s Environmental Advisory Council with the assistance of community volunteers host this annual event the 1st Saturday in June, nearly 500 residents and businesses participate. The main idea is to keep reusable material out of landfills. The four recycling venders that participate are Liberty Tire, JVS Environmental Services, Construction Junction and Global Links.
Mark your calendars for the next Recycling Day event that will be held on Saturday, June 7, 2014


2013 Recycling Day Details



Electronics Recycling Day (hide)

Saturdays, April 5, August 2, October 4, 2014 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Township Administration Building

Moon Township’s Environmental Advisory Council in partnership with JVS Environmental host quarterly Electronics Collections to gather unused and unwanted electronic items. These events collect electronic items only, including printers, copiers, computers, laptops and televisions. Electronics Collections are open to Moon Township residents, businesses and surrounding communities. Over 111,000 pounds of electronics were collected at Moon Township Electronics Collections held in 2013.


Rain Garden (hide)

Unlike regular landscaping islands, the rain gardens are actually shallow basins planted with trees, shrubs, and perennials native to the region. The gardens are designed to let rain water filter through the vegetation and soak slowly into the ground. As a stormwater management technique, the rain gardens can help avoid overloading the local stormwater drainage system, which can cause overflows into area waterways.

Moon Township has numerous rain gardens throughout the township with three feature rain gardens surrounding the 9/11 Memorial Garden in front of the Township Municipal Building. Beyond improving the aesthetics of the memorial garden, the rain gardens will function as a natural storm water solution at the site by absorbing rainwater runoff from Beaver Grade Road and surrounding parking areas.

Green Roof- Moon Township has received a grant from ACCD for a feasibility study to put a green roof on the township building. Visit http://accdpa.org/ for more information.


Leaf Compost (hide)

Residents are welcome to drop off yard waste including tree limbs, leaves, and plant matter to be composted at the Downes Fire Station located near the intersection of Beaver Grade Road and Ewing Road. The drop-off site is open every fall for collection. Brush should not exceed six feet in length and four inches in diameter and should not be bundled or tied. The township asks that residents do not discard of any materials at the composting site after hours unless special arrangements have been made with the township. To schedule a drop off during non-operating hours call the Township Municipal Office at 412-262-1700. Violators will be fined

Moon Township encourages residents to try composting at home. Composting food and yard waste diverts organic waste from the landfill and creates a rich soil additive for landscaping projects. For tips to get started, find a home composting guide on the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection website at www.depweb.state.pa.us.


Curbside Brush and Tree Limb Pick Up (hide)

Moon Township Public Works Department collects tree limbs and yard waste every spring. Collection will follow the same schedule as rubbish pick up; if a resident's rubbish pick up day is Monday, brush and tree limb pick up will be on that Monday as well.  Public Works employees will drive throughout the township with a chipper to chip any brush that is placed out on the curb line by 8 a.m. 

  Residents are asked that brush does not exceed six feet in length nor has a diameter of more than four inches.  Brush should not be bundled, tied, or boxed and leaves must be in bio-degradable paper bags.  Brush or tree limbs not placed at the curb line will not be picked up.  The drop-off site at Downes Fire Station will not be opened on the weekends during the spring curbside pick-up.  Please call the township Garage at (412) 264-3035 Monday thru Friday from 7 a.m. till 3 p.m. with any questions.


Moon Parks – Green Space (hide)

The mission of the Moon Parks & Recreation Department is to advance parks, recreation, and environmental conservation efforts that enhance the quality of life for present and future residents of Moon Township and provide diverse and leisure opportunities through programs, facilities, and services. The Moon Township Parks & Recreation Department offers residents a diverse array of social, cultural and athletic programs throughout the year. With a strong emphasis on maintaining “green space” in the community, the Parks & Recreation Department oversees over 600 acres of park space including the 300+ acre Moon Park, Robin Hill Park with over 200 acres, and Olson Park & Boggs School with over 100 acres. Additionally, Moon park system includes five play lots throughout the community featuring a variety of playground equipment. Earth Day is celebrated every year at Robin Hill Park featuring several interactive tables to teach children the importance of saving our planet.


Christmas Tree Pickup (hide)

The Moon Township Public Works Department offers curbside Christmas tree pickup for live trees only at the start of each new year. Residents are asked to place trees at the curb by 8 a.m. following their regular garbage schedule. All ornaments and decorations must be removed. Artificial trees are not accepted.




Award

Moon Township Awarded Gold Certification for its Sustainable Practices

The Township of Moon is among the first municipalities to become certified through the Southwestern Pennsylvania Sustainable Community Essentials Certification program. Moon Township is recognized at the gold level of certification for meeting the program's rigorous performance criteria which tracks 131 policies and practices that define a sustainable community. The Sustainable Community Essentials Certification, developed by Sustainable Pittsburgh, is designed for municipalities that are working to save money, conserve resources and serve vibrant communities. It applauds municipalities for their demonstrated commitment and sustainability performance.

In earning the gold certification, Moon Township is acknowledged for its progress in addressing such areas as community design and land use, energy efficiency, health and wellness, mitigating blight, intergovernmental cooperation, recycling and waste reduction, fiscal controls and internal management and operations. Details regarding how Moon Township is addressing these areas can be found on the certification program’s website sustainablecommunityessentials.org.




Look for our Green Initiatives booth at all municipal events.

Got big ideas for improving sustainability in the Township? Want to volunteer in any of our initiatives?

Contact:
Rebecca Kiernan
Green Initiatives Coordinator
412.262.1700
rkiernan@moontwp.com

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