Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful released its report, Illegal Dumping: A Decade of Discovery, in early September, making some bold recommendations to change the way Pennsylvania communities handle waste and recycling.
KPB’s illegal dump inventory confirmed that at least 6,000 illegal dumps existed in the Commonwealth. Though the environmental costs of this problem are significant, KPB found that the economic impacts of illegal dumping were similarly alarming. They concluded that cleaning up illegally dumped waste cost more than $600 per ton.
Since affordable and convenient waste ands recycling service encourages proper disposal habits, the report encourages changes that would bring universal waste service to all Pennsylvanians. The recommendations appear to have widespread support, including the waste industry and the state's local government associations. Visit www.keeppabeautiful.org to read the entire report.
Presecription drugs and antibiotics can cause several serious environmental problems and should never be put down the drain or in the trash. The trafficing and improper use of narcotics is also a source of criminal activity. With this in mind, three Blair County police departments now accept prescription drugs throughout the week. Hours vary, so please check the schedules below.
- Greater Altoona Area - Altoona Police Department, 1106 - 16th Street, 814-949-2489, All day everyday
- Southern Blair County - Hollidaysburg Police Department, 401 Blair Street, 814-695-3711, Weekdays from 7 a.m. - 11 p.m.
- Northern Blair County - Tyrone Police Department, 1100 Logan Avenue, 814-684-1364, Weekdays 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
If you still need a recycling bin, you can pick them up at the IRC office, IRC municipal buildings or highway yards. Our residential bin distribution event the end of October was a rousing success but some residents missed the event.