Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection

 

Many of us don't think about the hazardous materials that we bring into our home.  We purchase them for the convenience or to make a tough job easier.  For example, it is easier to spray those weeds with an herbicide than it is to manually pull them from your flower bed every year.

What do we do with those left over herbicides or other chemicals that are commonly found in our households -  the half empty containers that accumulate in our garages, attics, closets, and under the kitchen sink.  How do we dispose of them?  Should we throw them out with the household trash?  These materials should be kept out of our regular waste stream and SHOULD NOT be dumped down the drain.

 To help reduce the amount of hazardous waste in our homes, waste stream, and our water supply, the IRC will hold our annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection on Friday, July 7th, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday, July 8th, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the PNG Field, home of the Altoona Curve.  There will be a base charge of $15 per car trunk-load with an additional charge of $.50/lb. for all paints.  Latex paint can safely be dried out and disposed (once it is dry and has become a solid) with your household trash.  You can find instructions for handling latex paint here.

Get the Free IRC My-Waste App!

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.

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Electronics Recycling at Buckhorn Facility

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. 

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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.  

Material Accepted   Fee
   
Covered Electronics:  
 Computer Towers and Laptops   Free
 Keyboards, printers, faxes, copiers, and mice   Free
 Printer & Toner Cartridges   Free
 Computer speakers   Free
 Televisions   Free
 Computer Monitors   Free
   

Other Electronics: 

  
Christmas lights    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    $5
Oversized stereos and sound systems    $10

Freon containing devices:

 

Refridgerators, freezers, air conditioners, and dehumidifiers

 $5-10
   
Electronics NOT accepted
 
Vacuum cleaners  
Shop vacs  
Plastic housefans  
And other mostly plastic electronics  

If you are unsure as to how to recycle at our facility or need other recycling assistance please see an IRC employee.  We frequently have special recycling events to accept different materials.  To learn more about our special recycling events or for other questions.  Please call our office at 814-942-7472 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Thanks to Ward Trucking for their extra support of our electronics recycling. ward

 

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Holiday Routines, Recycling, and Role Models

Christmas and Hanukkah are both, among other things, times of hope and anticipation. New Years is seen as a time of renewal or resolution.

The season often brings a hope for peace and happiness.  Beyond the anticipation of gifts, we are also eager to share time with friends and family.  Our resolutions are most often directed at self-improvement.

We might also think of these themes of hope, anticipation and resolution to do better in terms of environmental stewardship.  But just like the more traditional holiday spirit, these acts of stewardship should not be solitary actions.  Part of what we do has to be directed toward spreading the good things, the noble thoughts, the beneficial actions.

Not everyone reads the Saturday Earth Matters columns or thinks that environmental concerns should be a priority.  Life’s complications (especially during the always hectic holiday season), can push environmental concerns very low on our priority lists.

So we should do all we can to bring these acts of stewardship into our everyday lives.  Make them routine.  Make them part of every day and every place.  And do what you can to spread the word and the enthusiasm.  More than a quarter of most communities are enthusiastic environmental advocates.  We have to find a way to spread that word and zeal to a broader portion of our neighbors.

Recycling – For the first time, a large portion of Blair County has access to widespread and convenient recycling for all kinds of boxes and paper gift wrap .  Curbside collection programs will accept wrapping paper with your newspapers, magazines and mixed paper, as well as cardboard and paperboard (including gift boxes). 

If someone doesn’t seem to be recycling over the holidays, politely ask them where their recycling bin might be, that you’ll be happy to get it for them.  If they live outside the curbside recycling communities, remind them that a Christmas wrapping drop-off will be at the Logan Valley Mall the three days right after Christmas from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Energy – Turn the heat back a few degrees when you head off for those holiday visits.  Flick the light off when you leave the room, not just at home but at work and on the road, too.  Don’t let the car idle for long periods and because of you that friend or coworker that hasn’t been paying attention to such matters might just start.

Conversation – When folks get together over the holidays, it gives them a chance to talk and enjoy each other’s company.  Conversations often turn to the state of the world or the place where we live.  The environment can often be one of the topics that arises.  When stodgy Uncle Bertram starts complaining that environmental protection efforts are a luxury we can’t afford, let him know that energy conservation and waste reduction have actually been good for business.

So this is a time to act.  Just as importantly it is a time to get others to act.  The holidays should not just be about presents, it should be about spreading good will and doing what we can to make our spot on the planet a better place in every way.

The IRC’s annual holiday wrapping recycling event is December 26-27 at the Logan Valley Mall from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Live Christmas trees can recycled at the Altoona and Logan Township highway yards, Antis Compost Facility, the IRC Composting Facilities in Duncansville and Buckhorn. Hollidaysburg, Tyrone, and Martinsburg all offer curbside tree collection.  

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