KPB Makes Bold Recommendations

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.  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.

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 the trash. The trafficing and improper use of narcotics is also a source of criminal activity. 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.

Need a Bin? Stop In.

If you still need a recycling bin, you can pick them up at the IRC  office, IRC municipal  buildings or highway yards. Our residential bin distribution event the end of October was a rousing success but some residents missed the event.

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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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