The county Household Hazardous Waste collection has been scheduled for Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18, 2015, at PNG Field also known as the Home of the Altoona Curve. The event runs from noon to 5p.m. on Friday and 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. 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.
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.
Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful released its report, Illegal Dumping: A Decade of Discovery, in early September, making some bold recommendations to change the way Pennsylvania communities handle waste and recycling.
KPB’s illegal dump inventory confirmed that at least 6,000 illegal dumps existed in the Commonwealth, and more than 100 were identified in Blair County. Though the environmental costs of this problem are significant, KPB found that the economic impacts of illegal dumping were similarly alarming. They concluded that cleaning up illegally dumped waste cost more than $600 per ton.
Since affordable and convenient waste ands recycling service encourages proper disposal habits, the report encourages changes that would bring universal waste service to all Pennsylvanians. The recommendations appear to have widespread support, including the waste industry and the state's local government associations. Visit www.keeppabeautiful.org to read the entire report.