More Local Recycling Info

I am in the process of renovating three 30-year-old bathrooms in our house, and was wondering how I might recycle the sinks, toilets, tubs and tiles.

So I posted to my wall on Facebook, within minutes the Downingtown Borough answered –

We do not have a recycling program for construction debris. You would have to contact a private hauling company or check with the Chester County Solid Waste Authority

Very quick response!

It was also suggested that I try Uwchlan Township and Home Eclective.

I had never heard of Home Eclective, but after a quick look at their Facebook page, I will need to revisit!

Back to my Task, and on to the Uwchlan Township website to see if I could find any answers, and found that their Trash & Recycling page much like the Downingtown page.

At the moment, Uwchlan Township does not have a Facebook or Twitter accounts to follow, but “Coming Soon“!

Both the Downingtown and Uwchlan pages reference heavily the Chester County Solid Waste Authority (CCSWA), and I have also referenced them in the past in “eWaste Recycling in Downingtown“.

The unfortunate part, Chester County Solid Waste Authority, has NOT updated their Facebook page since October 26, 2012.

Fortunately, the CCSWA does have a website!

I was able to find a list of “Recycling Sites for Construction Demolition/Land Clearing Debris“, but still no direct mention of sinks, toilets, tubs and tiles.

I have used their contact page to ask about my recycling questions, and await a response.

In the mean time, while on the CCSWA site, I decided to look up this years “Household Hazardous Waste Disposal” calendar, but it still has not been posted.

If you happen to know anything that might help, please feel free to contact me!

- Andrew
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March 3 2015 – As mentioned above/earlier, I sent Contact Request via the Chester County Solid Waste Authority (CCSWA) Website, and I have already gotten a response!

“You may want to contact the “Restore” on Lancaster Avenue next to Amelia’s supermarket east of Coatesville to see if they would be interested in any of those items. There is also one in Kennett Square.” – Nancy J. Fromnick, Chester County Recycling Coordinator, CCSWA

This would be great if the stuff that I had were really reusable.

“Restore” seems to be an off-shoot of Habitat For Humanity of Chester County, and has a local Facebook Page, and can be found at 1853 Lincoln Hwy E Coatesville, PA 19320.

I do have ‘stuff’ that could be reused in construction, that I over bought on, and can easily be re-used, but the stuff that I have, is beyond the point of helping in its present form.

So Builders and Contractors, if you got some Odds and Ends in your Inventory, and want to put it to good use, Restore seems to be a good bet!


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Marco Polo by Laurence Bergreen

I just finished Marco Polo” by Laurence Bergreen, which was inspired because of the recent release of NetFlix series, which I LIKED, and I wanted to do some follow-up learning.

Think for a second… What do you know of Marco Polo?

I’m not going to answer that, because I have read the book, but I guarantee you, that you will know more after you have finished!

The Listen itself is rather dry, the Narrator, Paul Boehmer has a good voice for the job, but I wish there had been another ‘voice’ to separate the Author’s comments/thoughts from the References.

I will be going back and re-listening to this,  there is a ton of Info and Detail, and there needs to be quotes around those two words.

One has to remember that we are dealing with late 13th century accounts of travels, that where well beyond ‘normal’ ‘civilized’ thought at that time.

Do a simple time travel in your mind…

Fire is your only real source of Life…
No real books to speak of…
How many people knew how to write?
How many people could afford to write?

Marco’s best work was done in prison?

Sorry… “Spoilers”

If you like to Read/Listen to this type of Historic literature, and this time frame (1200s – 1300s), may I also suggest Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World” by Jack Weatherford, which gives a much broader look at the Khan’s family reign over the Mongol empire. (I’ve listened to this one twice already!)

It continues to amaze me after reading both books, the Kahn’s tolerance to all religions, something that is very much missed in this day and age. We could do better with a revisit of the ‘old days’…

That being said, Marco Polo” by Laurence Bergreen, is well worth the Listen/Read for the story that it contains.

As Bergreen points out, there is no original surviving manuscripts of Marco’s journeys, and the various stories have been told and retold so many times, that we will never know the true extent of what was witnessed.

Anyhow, I’m off to LibriVox to download “The Book of Ser Marco Polo, the Venetian, concerning the kingdoms and marvels of the East, volume 1″ translated by Henry Yule… Just under 10 hours…

- Andrew
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2014 Christmas Parade

It is that time again! The annual Downingtown Christmas parade!

More images can also be found on my Flickr account – 2014 Downingtown Christmas Parade.

It was a little cold, but plenty of warm spirits!

- Andrew
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A Work in Progress

I recently had a chance to photograph a friend of mine, as she slowly adds more ink to the various works of art that cover her body – A Work in Progress.

These were done in the studio with two Alien Bee B800s with Fotodiox Pro (32″ x 48″) Softboxes at about half power – 1/200 (sync) at f16 iso 100 – Canon EOS T5i & EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6

There are plans to do some more images in the future…

If you are interested in do some studio work, please let me know.

- Andrew
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The Town Dish All-Staff Meeting

Tonight was the All-Staff Meeting for the The Town Dish at Manatawny Still Works in Pottstown, and here are a few pictures from this wonderful event!

If you are into Whiskey, the spirits these folks produce is not bad, for a VERY YOUNG brew! (7 months)

A big hat tip to the folks at Manatawny Still Works for hosting the Meeting!

- Andrew
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