Environmental Ignorance is Bliss

Ignorance is bliss.

Poet Thomas Gray’s famous quote is often taken out of context.  Gray wondered in his 18th century poem if learning more might actually complicate his life.  Not knowing about something, he speculated, might be better than understanding a problem and worrying about it.   

Today, it usually implies that ignorance leads us to overlook problems that we might otherwise be able to address.  This holds true for all sorts of social, health political and even environmental issues.  With this in mind, let’s look at a few of the environmental problems many have selectively ignored.

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Permanent Drug Take-Back Program

drugsPresecription drugs and antibiotics can cause several serious environmental problems and should never be put down the drain or in th etrash. The trafficing and improper use of narcotics is also a source of criminal activiity. 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.

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2014 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Huge Success

10513360 738151392915935 1161231007921519801 nThe Internmunicipal Relations Committee's (IRC) annual 2014 household hazardous waste collection held on July 12 at Peoples Natural Gas Field turned out to be a huge success. Residents not only from Blair county, but surrounding counties as well, lined up all day in their vehicles to dispose of and recycle their hazardous products and chemicals. The participation of nearly 450 households in this years event increased by over 50% from the 2013 household hazardous waste collection. Some common hazardous materials found in this years event were latex paints,oil-based paints, pesticides,automotive waste,pool chemicals,and household cleaners.



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