A Vision for a More Resilient and Environmentally Friendly Community that Unites Cheltenham Township Government with Residents, Businesses, Institutions and other Stakeholders behind Shared Goals to Make that Vision a Reality.
In March 2013 the Cheltenham Township Board of Commissioners adopted a Sustainability Plan designed to ensure the health and vitality of the community for generations to come. A first in Montgomery County, this ambitious, multi-year, Township-wide plan establishes 10 goals and objectives that are applicable to all organizations, institutions and individuals. It calls upon everyone to reshape their behaviors to contribute towards building a brighter future.
At the core of the plan is the Municipal Action Plan, which outlines steps the municipality can take to function more sustainable and serve as a leader and model for others.
A dedicated group of volunteers consisting of residents, Township officials, and representatives of businesses and major community institutions worked for nearly two years to devise a roadmap for the Township to foster sustainability in its own actions and promote green practices among the residents and businesses in the community. It worked with a Montgomery County Planning Commission consultant team to develop a comprehensive, Township-wide plan covering a range of issues, including, energy use, mobility, land use, waste management and community/quality of life.
The Cheltenham Township Environmental Advisory Council, one of its volunteer citizen committees, will monitor the plan's implementation and promoting community involvement.
Cheltenham Township Sustainability Plan - By sections
Cheltenham Township officials invite residents to drop off unwanted medications at the Cheltenham Police Station, open from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. seven days a week, at 8230 Old York Road in Elkins Park. Cheltenham is one of dozens of communities participating in the Montgomery County District Attorney Prescription Drug Disposal Program.
Years ago, doctors used to advise people to flush unneeded medications down the toilet. However, experts now agree that medicines that are flushed or poured down the drain can end up polluting our waters and contaminating our food and water supplies. Because wastewater treatment plants are not designed to remove medicines, these chemicals may be discharged to rivers and bays. Even at very low levels, medicines in the environment hurt aquatic life.
Throwing them out with the trash is also dangerous. Drugs are still chemically active in the trash, even if mixed with kitty litter or coffee grounds. Several studies have shown that medicines in a landfill can be released into the local environment.
The best and safest option for disposing of unwanted medications is to drop them off at designated disposal sites like the Cheltenham Township Police Station.