Educators Lead Blight Fight

Litter, piles of trash, graffiti, overgrown yards, weed-covered street tree wells, illegal street signs...  Beyond being unsightly, these are the things upon which larger scale blight and property decay is built.

Yet where some see ugliness, others see opportunity.  Three educators, Altoona’s Robin Dishong, Hollidaysburg’s Andrea Walter and Tyrone’s Cummins McNitt, turned these unpleasant circumstances into a teachable moment and an opportunity to provide a service to the community during the last few weeks of the school year.  Each organized and energized students in their high schools to clean-up and beautify places that were not so beautiful.

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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Educators Lead Blight Fight

Litter, piles of trash, graffiti, overgrown yards, weed-covered street tree wells, illegal street signs...  Beyond being unsightly, these are the things upon which larger scale blight and property decay is built.

Yet where some see ugliness, others see opportunity.  Three educators, Altoona’s Robin Dishong, Hollidaysburg’s Andrea Walter and Tyrone’s Cummins McNitt, turned these unpleasant circumstances into a teachable moment and an opportunity to provide a service to the community during the last few weeks of the school year.  Each organized and energized students in their high schools to clean-up and beautify places that were not so beautiful.

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