2014 Household Hazardous Waste Collection July 12

The county Household Hazardous Waste collection has been scheduled for Saturday, July 12, 2014, at PNG Field also known as the Home of the Altoona Curve.  The event runs from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and the collection will include a wide variety of materials - fluorescent bulbs, automotive fluids, poisonous liquids and solids, oil-based paints and stains, herbicides and pesticides and corrosives.

A state grant program pays for half of our program costs but the other half must be picked up by the sponsoring county.  That means that we must ask for a $10 per car trunk load of hazardous materials. (That's still a bargain to safely dispose of or recycle nasty chemicals from your home.)

Most, if not all, businesses produce hazardous waste and are invited to participate in this event.  Items such as fluorescent tubes and bulbs for lighting are only one example of a material that should not be disposed of with regular trash.  Businesses will be responsible for the cost of disposal, but will realize a savings on the mobilization cost.  Businesses that are interested in registering should send a copy of the inventory that includes: material name and manufacturer (if known), container size, number of containers, type of waste, and contact info to the IRC at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Business are invited to register for the event by May 12, 2014.  

We cannot accept:

  1. Any type of medication. (Watch for details on future drug drop-offs at area police departments.)
  2. Latex paint (This paint be dried out safely and the metal can recycled in your bin.)
  3. Regular alkaline household batteries (These are now safe to place in the trash. Federal law does not permit mercury in these batteries.)

 

Need a Bin? Stop In.

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.

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Volunteerism

I would like to take the time to thank the many volunteers who have helped the IRC bring recycling to the residents of Blair County.  Volunteers have been integral to the success of our recycling program.  These volunteers have helped out in many different ways.  They have been greeters at a special collection, traffic directors, surveyors, back-breaking laborers, trash 'picker-upers', recycling advocates, data collectors, information givers, recycling sorters, bin placers, bin distiributors, organizers,  and all around general recycling advocates.  These are the folks who have broken their backs loading tires, electronics, Christmas wrap, and who knows what else.  They have gotten down and dirty with trash at illegal dumps, pulled tires from our streams, and worked to keep our drinking supply clean.   Our volunteers have been as young as 2 years old and as old as our passionate senoirs.  Our many events and clean-ups would not have happened without those of you who have committed your time to our mission.  It takes a special person to do what these folks do and we would be lost without them!

THANK YOU!

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Now just to be sure that all of our volunteers know how vital they are to our operation, I want to put the call out there for our upcoming events.  We are in need of volunteers once again on June 22, 2013 for our Household Hazardous Waste collection at PNG Field, the home of the Altoona Curve.  Please clean out your garages, attics, basements, man caves, and under the kitchen sink now!  Gather up those chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, used oil, car fluids, oil based paints and bring them to the HHW event.  This is a once a year event!

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