National Analysis Confirms Local Program Struggles

Resource Recycling magazine recently published the summary of a recycling analysis in a number of communities around the country.  We compared those numbers to our own here in Blair County. Local processor and hauler data shows that the household recycling rate in our program is 232 pounds per household, or 37% of our recyclable material. The best programs recovered nearly 70% of their recyclable materials.

Figures from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) show the program is in the bottom 15% of those serving more than 15,000 people. That means that somewhere between the store and the recycling center, the average IRC household is losing track of 634 pounds of recyclables every year. 

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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    $2
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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2016 Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection A Success

 

The 14th annual Blair County household hazardous waste collection was held on July 8th and 9th.   This is the fourth year the Intermunicipal Relations Committee has hosted the event since the closure of the Blair County Department of Solid Waste and Recycling in 2012. The event continues to be a success with nearly 700 households and several small businesses participating.  The Lakemont Lions Club supported the event with volunteers and the Penn State Cooperative Extension supported the event with Mr. Yuk stickers for participating residents. 

 

The event collected over 88,000 lbs. of paint and hazardous waste.  Items accepted included: aerosols, antifreeze, automotive batteries, corrosive acids and bases, flammable liquids, solids and adhesives, fluorescent light bulbs, garden chemicals, herbicides, fungicides, pesticides, used motor oil, oil-based paints, oil filters, paint solvents, organic peroxides, oxidizing liquids and solids, poisonous liquids and solids, pool chemicals, PCB ballast and capacitors, reactive and non-reactive chemicals and indeterminate chemicals. 

 

This is an annual event, and will not be hosted again in Blair County until summer 2017.  Residents who missed the event should visit IRCenvironment.org to determine if any of their hazardous waste is accepted at the IRC Buckhorn Recycling and Compost Facility on Blacksnake Road.  Information on how to dry out latex paint for disposal can also be found on the IRC’s website.  The event is co-sponsored by the IRC, PA Department of Environmental Protection, PA Department of Agriculture and MXI of Virginia was the disposal contractor.

 

For more info visit ircenvironment.org, if you have questions or would like to volunteer at a future event please call 942-7472 or email   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

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Please remember... this was a two day only, annual event held on July 8th, and 9th of 2016.  The 2017 date has not been determined.  You can find instructions for handling latex paint here.  We cannot accept medications at this event, but you can take them to one of the permanent drop-offs.  

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