Disposing of Bamboo Stalks

Question:

Where do you dump bamboo stalks in Montgomery, PA?

Hardiness Zone: 6a

Chanel from Floutown, PA

Answer:

Chanel,

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has an excellent web resource for finding out where to recycle in your area.

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http://www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/deputate/airwaste/wm/recycle/recycle.htm

The site includes drop down menus that allow you to select your county, township or municipality and then lists various drop-off sites and the materials each site accepts for collection. When I selected Montgomery township, I was directed to 5 listings, including this address for yard and garden waste.

Montgomery Township Drop-off Program
Township Building 1001 Stump Road (Stump road? nice pun!)
Montgomeryville, PA 18936

Materials accepted: Cardboard, leaves, yard waste.

You may want to call ahead and confirm with township authorities that your bamboo will be accepted. Otherwise, it seems there are few willing takers on this site!

For other folks looking for information on recycling programs in their area, start by calling your local solid waste, environment or public works department. Department names vary, but every city, town or county government in your area will be able to provide you with information. Also, visit these sites on the web:

National Recycling Coalition:
http://www.nrc-recycle.org/howto/index.htm

Earth 911:
www.earth911.org

The Internet Consumer Recycling:
http://www.obviously.com/recycle/

The Environmental Protection Agency recycling pages:
http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/non-hw/muncpl/recycle.htm

Ellen

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August 19, 20060 found this helpful

If the stalks are thick and long, offer them to a gardener. They have multiple garden uses--I actually was looking for some this summer. You can also tie pieces together with jute to make trellises for houseplants. School's in here--I'm sure several teachers could find projects to do with them. Do you have a local theater group that may want some for props.

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August 21, 20060 found this helpful

if you have very many rent a chipper and make mulch out of them.

or if they are tall enough. put windsocks on them and sell them at the next craft fair.

donate them to a senior center for crafts. donate to a school for crafts.

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August 21, 20060 found this helpful

are you looking to get rid of some live bamboo? I am in NJ and have been looking for bamboo. It's so expensive to buy at the nurseries. vallford AT aol.com

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