Resource Recycling magazine recently published the summary of a recycling analysis in a number of communities around the country. We compared those numbers to our own here in Blair County. Local processor and hauler data shows that the household recycling rate in our program is 232 pounds per household, or 37% of our recyclable material. The best programs recovered nearly 70% of their recyclable materials.
Figures from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) show the program is in the bottom 15% of those serving more than 15,000 people. That means that somewhere between the store and the recycling center, the average IRC household is losing track of 634 pounds of recyclables every year.
In an effort to make recycling easier for everyone, the IRC has worked with My-Waste to develop a smartphone app for our area. Exciting features for residents include: the ability to report a missed collection, sign-up for alerts, set a personal recycling calendar, and search for nearby drop-offs. You may use this feature on your desktop or download the mobile app to your smartphone device.
Most Materials Free, Some Now Have Modest Fee
Due to increased recycling costs for non-televsion and non-computer electronics, a small fee is now in effect for some of those items. The IRC Recycling and Composting facility still accepts a variety of items for recycling at the Buckhorn Facility and computers and televisions are still free. The following are the different electronic items accepted and the fee schedule. You can find a complete list of materials accepted and a description of our composting operations here.
In 2010, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed legislation requiring the recycling of televisions, computers, and related electronic devices. This service is free to all residents. It is a self serve drop-off. Residents should be able to unload their electronics without assistance. If you have truck load quantities, please call ahead to ensure that we have adequate space. You can reach the IRC Compost Facility staff at 814-941-6675.
The materials will need to be separated into the categories listed in the table below. It is important for residents to keep the different materials separate to ensure recyclability. Our facility is a source separated facility. This means that the recycling collected at our facilityy needs to be separated into the individual commodity streams. The recycling at our facility gets directly bailed and sold on the recycling markets. There is no one to sort recyclilng that has been mixed together at our facility. When recycling is mixed with trash it is trash. Please pay attention to the different separations when using our facility.
|Computer Towers and Laptops||Free|
|Keyboards, printers, faxes, copiers, and mice||Free|
|Printer & Toner Cartridges||Free|
|Microwaves and toaster ovens||Free|
|Cell phones and digital cameras||Free|
|Metal appliances such as stoves, dishwashers, washer, and dryers||Free|
|Metal curling irons||Free|
|Portable DVD Players and other similar sized electronics||$1|
|Full-sized DVD players, VCR%s, and other similar sized electronics||$2|
|Stereos, sound systems, speakers, and other similar sized electronics||$2|
|Oversized stereos and sound systems||$10|
Freon containing devices:
Refridgerators, freezers, air conditioners, and dehumidifiers
|Electronics NOT accepted
|And other mostly plastic electronics|