A loss of funding, precipitated by a court challenge from the waste industry, forced Blair County to close their solid waste and recycling department and discontinue many of their programs. The IRC Council of Governments will be assuming some of those responsibilities but the drop-off recycling program has been significantly curtailed. The compost facilities will be operated by the IRC COG and remain open to all county residents.
Though this would seem like bad news for recycling and composting efforts in Blair County, we would like to think that the closing of this door might be opening other doors of opportunity.
As Blair County begins work on its Solid Waste Management Plan update (which happens every ten years), we hope we can generate the enthusiasm to recycle more throughout the county. Initial discussions have generated this list of goals for the next decade.
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.