Metal and plastic signs are dotted along streets and roads throughout the county to remind passersby that May 19, 2015 is the Primary Election Day. The IRC will be offering collection points at both of the IRC Compost Facilities throughout the months of May and June to collect and recycle all campaign signs, stakes, pamphlets, buttons, and posts.
This collection program does not seek to take the campaign sign clean up responsibilities away from the campaigns. Instead, the program hopes to connect candidates and home owners with an opportunity to recycle the campaign signs instead of sending them to the landfill. Sign posters (both political and non-political) are reminded that signs should be removed from public right-of-ways as soon as possible following the election. Signs that are not removed often become unsightly (and sometimes dangerous) roadside litter.
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.