In an ongoing effort to keep our highways and roads clean, the team at Brickhouse Environmental once again gathered last month to collect garbage from the shoulders of a 2-mile stretch along Route 322 West Chester Bypass. This rounds out the third year that Brickhouse Environmental has been a sponsor of the PennDOT Adopt-a-Highway program. We collected 15 bags of trash, a significant decrease since our last roadside cleanup and a good sign that we’re keeping litter under control.[Read more…] about Keeping the Roads Clean this Thanksgiving
In the summer of 2021, Brickhouse Environmental became a proud Platinum sponsor of the Downingtown Interscholastic Mountain Bike Team. We became aware of this fantastic organization of student athletes and coaches when the son of a Brickhouse staff member joined the team for the 2021 season.[Read more…] about Brickhouse Environmental Sponsors Downingtown Mountain Bike Team
The Brickhouse Environmental team once again scoured the shoulders of the Route 322 West Chester Bypass, cleaning up over 35 bags of litter. This is our third year in the PennDOT Adopt-a-Highway program, caring for this 2-mile stretch of highway. For those of you familiar with the bypass, it sees a lot of traffic and, unfortunately, a lot of litter. It’s extremely satisfying to see the positive impact of our efforts as we share in this statewide effort to keep our highways and roads clean.[Read more…] about Brickhouse Team Cleans Up Roadside as Adopt-a-Highway Sponsor
Creating A Green Work Space
The Brickhouse Environmental Green Team is an active committee among the employees. Staff members have been applying sustainable practices at home and at work for many years. More recently, several of us decided to take it to the next level to raise awareness and increase the positive impact. After a few water cooler conversations, the Brickhouse Environmental Green Team was established in January 2020 for this very purpose. This committee is made up of a diverse group of Brickhouse Environmental employees who are setting out to turn their work space into a green space.
The goals of the Brickhouse Green team are simple:
- Reduce the amount of solid waste we send to landfills
- Reduce our carbon emissions
- Protect and improve our local environment
With the first and second goals in mind, our company has teamed up with TerraCycle and Subaru to establish multiple recycling collections that are open to the public. These recycling collections target various items that are not recyclable through typical municipal recycling programs. Brickhouse Environmental is currently set up to collect the following items: all brands of razors and razor packaging, k-cups, coffee creamer capsules, disposable cups, disposable straws, candy wrappers, and snack wrappers. Click here for a printable Razor flyer. Click here for the Coffee Flyer. While we are proud of the collection programs we currently offer, there are many more programs through TerraCycle that we hope to add in the future! In addition, the Green Team is working to reduce our kitchen waste by providing reusable hand towels in the kitchen and implementing a food-scrap composting program. These new recycling collections are in addition to preexisting recycling and waste reduction initiatives for paper, cardboard, glass and plastic that have been in place at our office for years.
Green Team Initiatives
In an effort to accomplish our third goal, the green team is brainstorming new ways to protect and improve our local environment, while our company continues to conduct long-term local initiatives and provide local remediation services to our clients. One way we are directly improving our local community is by conducting bi-annual highway-cleanups as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Adopt-a-Highway program. To see for yourself, be sure to check out our stretch of road along US 322 next time you are leaving West Chester! While we might be brainstorming new initiatives, local environmental remediation has always and will always be the central priority of our company.
If you would like to take advantage of our recycling programs while also helping to reduce your own carbon footprint, you can drop off any of the items mentioned above at the Brickhouse Office.
Drop off location: 515 South Franklin Street, West Chester, PA 19382
Date/Time: Fridays from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Questions? Contact Molly Bowe at 610-692-5770
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to Learn More?
If you liked what you read, be sure to sign up for the Brickhouse Environmental Newsletter to stay informed of the team’s progress and if you are interested in making your office more “green” check out this article “Greening Offices: 25 Tips to Get You Started”.
Brickhouse Cleans Up
In the fall of 2018, the employees of Brickhouse Environmental set out to Route 322, also known as the West Chester Bypass, to particiapte in the PennDot Adopt-A-Highway clean up program. In the beginning, the 2 mile stretch of road was littered with bottles, cigarette butts, car parts and anything else you can think of. Staff report that the initial clean up was the longest, but over the past year via four clean up sessions, the stretch of highway has been kept fairly clean. In total, Brickhouse Environmental has cleaned up 125 bags of trash. Afterwards, staff enjoy lunch at Brothers Pizza. Overall, it has been a great experience.
What We Found
- Mannequin arm
- Plastic car parts
- Old coke bottles
- Scrap metal
- College ID
- Lodge Sign
- Animal skull
- Cans from the 80’s
- Cement mixer Planters
When asked their favorite memory of the cleanup, one employee said: “I think the ladder being found, added to the pile and picked up by someone for scrap. It’s always satisfying to see a cleaner highway, but to see items go to recycling from our efforts is even better.” -Doug Schott
Another staff member stated, “Our business is to provide consulting services for environmental clean ups. It feels good to get out and clean up a section of the environment ourselves.”
Are you interested in learning more about the Adopt-A-Highway Program? Recent improvements to the program have made it easier to participate! A new website has been created to provide groups on-line access to the AAH program, which can be found here: https://adoptahighway.penndot.gov/.
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