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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 23, 2015 DEP Reminds Pennsylvanians to Maintain Home Heating Oil Tanks Harrisburg, PA – On the first day of autumn, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) encourages residents to take precautions before filling their home heating oil tanks. Poorly maintained or leaking home heating oil tanks can pose a fire risk, diminish indoor air quality, or contaminate groundwater. One in five Pennsylvania homes uses heating oil to stay warm in the winter. Owners of home heating oil tanks should consider inspecting indoor and outdoor home heating oil tanks for potential problems prior to refilling them. Preventing leaks will save owners energy and money, in addition to protecting owners’ health. Cleaning up a spill caused by a heating oil tank can cost up to $50,000 and may not be covered by homeowner’s insurance. Homeowners can check with their insurance provider to see whether coverage is available. DEP encourages homeowners to consider these tips: • For safety reasons, always assume the tank contains at least some oil; • Routinely inspect the exterior of the tank and all attached equipment; • Check for signs of rusting on the tank and its structural supports; • Examine the tank’s fill line and feed line to the furnace for leaks; • Never tip over or empty a tank onto the ground; • Enlist a professional to perform maintenance or alterations to a heating oil tank system; and • Recognize that wet spots or odors near the tank may signal a problem. When fuel is delivered, make certain that the home address is clearly visible and the tank’s fill line is clearly marked. If a resident cannot be home when fuel oil is delivered, mark the fill pipe with a red flag or marker and inform the oil company of the location. Ensure that any disconnected fill pipes are permanently sealed and cannot be opened. Residents who think their oil tank may have a problem should immediately contact their oil company for help. For more information about maintaining a home heating oil tank, click here or call DEP’s Division of Storage Tanks at 717-772-5599. MEDIA CONTACT: Amanda Witman, 717-787-1323

Engine Filter Recycling

Residents of Upper Bern Township are encouraged to recycle their oil, fuel, transmission and hydraulic filters for free.

The drum for recycling is located in the Upper Bern Township garage and is accessible any time.

Recycling Information Recycling bins at Upper Tulpehocken Township 2013 Upcoming Dates: Effective March 1, 2013, the recycling bins will be available at Upper Tulpehocken on a full time basis. Items must be placed in the bins and include: • Glass bottles • Aluminum cans • Bi-metal cans • Plastics #1-7 (look for the number inside the recycle symbol located on the bottom of the container) • Mixed paper • Corrugated cardboard
BERKS COUNTY ELECTRONIC RECYCLING Berks County Recycling Center 1316 Hilltop Rd, Leesport, PA 19533 Turn right off Rt. 183 at Hilltop Road and continue until you see the recycling center. Turn onto the -rst driveway. Electronics recycling is in the barn. OPEN EVERY TUESDAY, THURSDAY & SATURDAY 8:00 AM – NOON ELECTRONIC ITEMS ACCEPTED: • Computers, Monitors, Laptops, Keyboards, Modems, Printers, Copier, etc. • Microwaves, Stereos, Television, VCRs, Telephones, Answering Machines, etc. • Fluorescent bulbs • All types of Batteries • Air Conditions & Dehumidifiers FEE SCHEDULE - Effective 1/17/2012 RESIDENTIAL • All Electronic Items (Residents ONLY) Free of Charge • Fluorescent tubes , CFL Bulbs & Batteries Free of Charge • Air Conditioners & Dehumidifiers Free of Charge COMMERCIAL/INSTITUTIONAL • All Electronic Items (Businesses) $ 1.00 per item • Televisions – Less than 20” $ 5.00 each • Televisions - Larger than 21” $ 10.00 each • Fluorescent tubes, CFL Bulbs & Batteries $ .50 per pound • Air Conditioners & Dehumidifiers Free of Charge For additional information: Berks County Solid Waste Authority www.co.berks.pa.us/swa 610-478-6362
Pharmaceutical Collection Event Bring your unwanted or expired prescription and over-thecounter medicines, in their original containers, to the Exeter Township Municipal Building at 4975 Demoss Rd., Reading, PA to have your unwanted medications disposed of in an environmentally-friendly manner. No sharps, syringes, needles or thermometers and no business disposal. Saturday, April 27, 2013 8:00 am – 2:00 pm Exeter Township Municipal Building at 4975 Demoss Rd., Reading, PA