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  • IMPACT LANCASTER Leadership Challenge

    Community Challenge

    Litter is a growing problem in Lancaster City and beyond. Recently, online community groups like the

    Chestnut Hill Neighbors Facebook Group and Lancaster Unity have discussed the need for more

    community involvement in cleaning up litter from sidewalks, streets, and parks. While the Lancaster City

    Alliance Bike Squad & Clean Team and committed residents have done their best in keeping up with

    litter, it is an ongoing problem that appears to be worsening. Litter impacts quality of life, health, and

    safety for residents. It also decreases the economic value of both residential and commercial property

    and impacts local business prosperity. Ultimately, we need to increase awareness, change attitudes and

    behavior, and engage the community in addressing and preventing this issue.

    Community Solution

    We envision raising awareness and engaging the community through a creative and mobile public art

    project that would bring visibility to littering and encourage responsible recycling and trash disposal.

    We propose designing and creating mobile litter receptacles called Trash Dragons. Each Trash Dragon would consist of a bicycle, a series of containers to hold litter, and a creative apparatus resembling a dragon sculpture. See rough sketch below:

    These kinetic/functional sculptures would serve as a Litter-Busting community engagement tool to increase awareness and education related to littering, recycling, and trash disposal while at the same time collecting litter. In a similar initiative, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design (PCAD) recently partnered with LCSWMA,

    SDOL, and others to develop the Litter Letter Project public art project to raise local awareness of litter:

    This project would expand on that idea by taking the show on the road and bringing a mobile public

    art installation to neighborhoods around the city. Local artists would partner with The Common Wheel

    and others to transform bicycles to tow a series of barrels and recycle bins. These mobile sculptures

    could be driven alongside clean-up teams to encourage members of the neighborhoods to interact and

    get involved. They also serve as receptacles to help with the clean-up itself. Perhaps, it will even help

    prevent future littering by fostering a sense of community pride and responsibility. We hope their

    unique design will especially appeal to children and could lead to clean-up/litter-busting partnerships

    with local schools. While our initial focus would be Lancaster City, if the model is successful, it could be

    brought to other areas of Lancaster County.

  • Community Progress:

    Team ImpactTrashDragon held several planning meetings in March and April to discuss project.

    We created a website to profile our project and to compile our photos. Photos posted to

    Instagram that are tagged with #ImpactTrashDragon are automatically posted to the webpage:

    Several team members participated in a Community Litter Clean-up on April 3rd to learn more

    about the extent of litter in Lancaster.

    The team collaborated with some Science teachers at School District of Lancaster to incorporate

    lessons about litter and the environment in their lessons. In addition, students were asked to

    provide feedback about how they feel about the litter in their community. Many were

    frustrated, but others were sadly resigned as they felt litter was ever-present in their

    neighborhoods. Students indicated a need for additional trash cans and advocated for

    consequences for littering.

    The team connected with Barbara Baker, Coordinator for Keep Lancaster County Beautiful &

    County Recycling Coordinator with LCSWMA. She was supportive of project and interested in

    connecting the completed Trash Dragon with community clean-up initiatives.

    The team connected with Timothy Breneisen, Manager of the Bureau of Solid Waste & Recycling

    for the City of Lancaster. He was supportive of project and interested in connecting the

    completed Trash Dragon with community clean-up initiatives. He also provided a large green

    recycling bin to be used in construction of the mobile litter collector.

    The team recruited Salina Almanzar, a local artist willing to assist in the design and sculptural

    elements of the project. She offered her services pro-bono.

    Artists Biography: Salina Almanzar received her Bachelor of Arts at Franklin and Marshall

    College in 2013. There she studied English Literature and Studio Art with a focus in Figurative

    Arts. Salina is heavily influenced by her familys Latin background and the overwhelming

    strength of the women in her family. She has been invited to speak as an experimental

    contemporary figurative sculptor and has assisted in research, curatorial practice and exhibition

    design at the Demuth Museum of Lancaster County. Salina has been a part of Lancasters

    progressive community of artists exhibiting alongside local artists as well as holding solo

    exhibitions at several Lancaster City venues.

    The team decided to emphasis the theme Reduce, Reuse, Recycle in the design of the Trash

    Dragon by incorporating refuse, recycled, and repurposed materials.

    The team coordinated a materials drive to collect various items for the sculpture and secured

    the following materials:

    o Aluminum cans and tabs

    o Plastic bottles and caps

    o Plastic grocery bags

    o Zipties/Nylon string

    o Wire/Wire Mesh

    o Scrap Adhesive Vinyl

    o 2 Blue 55 gallon drums

    o 1 Large recycling bin

    The team held a Prototyping Session to explore the feasibility of different materials and begin

    the base armature for the dragon sculpture.

    The team secured a bicycle from Common Wheel to use in the creation of the mobile Trash

    Dragon prototype. The bicycle is an extra-long/stable bike designed to pull up to 200lbs.

    Common Wheel is assisting in adjusting the bike for use in the mobile sculpture project.

  • Synopsis & Next Steps:

    The team worked well together and utilized the strengths of each team member to contribute

    to the overall project progress.

    It took more than the 2 months allotted to complete the project in its entirety, but we are proud

    of the progress made so far and are committed to seeing our vision come to life.

    The team plans to continue to meet and work together to complete the design of the mobile

    Trash Dragon sculpture.

    The team plans to recruit groups of school kids to provide additional input on the design and

    help test and improve the prototype.

    Once the sculpture is complete, we plan to collaborate with Keep Lancaster County Beautiful

    and the City of Lancaster to deploy it for community clean-up projects.

    If the team receives an award from Impact Lancaster, we would invest the money into the

    mobile sculpture towards purchase of materials, a trike bike, or bike trailer/cart.

    The team is passionate about improving our community and combatting community litter. We

    seek to increase awareness, change attitudes and behavior, and engage the community in

    addressing and preventing this issue.

    Leadership Challenge Team Members

    Janeen Maxwell, Director of the Nonprofit Resource Network at Millersville University


    Natalie A. Lascek, Director of Admissions Marketing & Recruitment, PA College of Art & Design


    Jason Ingargiola from The Common Wheel (

    Emily Landis, Executive Director of the Lancaster Science Factory ( Marisa Rosemellia, Science Teacher at Reynolds Middle School, School District of Lancaster

    ( Rob Fisher, Senior Programmer at geographIT, a division of EBA Engineering, Inc.



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