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Electronics Recycling at Buckhorn Facility

Program Available to Most County Residents

This service is available to all residents in participating mandated municipalites (City of Altoona, Hollidaysburg Borough, and Logan Township) and residents in any non mandated municipalities.  Tyrone Borough residents should contact their municipal office for all recycling information, including hazardous materials and electronics.

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Most Materials Free, Some Now Have a 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. 

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.   Small businesses (businesses with 50 employees or less) may also utilize the drop-off at our location.  If you are a large employer, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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, other similar sized electronics $5
 Oversized electronics,stereos and sound systems $10 or more

 

 

Freon containing devices:

 

 Refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, and dehumidifiers

$7-10
   
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. .

 

Duncansville Recycling & Compost Facility

Our Duncansville facility is located on 16906 Dunnings Highway/Old 220 just south of Inlows. Our facility is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and our material is tested regularly by the Pennsylvania State University to assure that no hazardous constituents are in our finished mulch or compost. The facility was opened in 2006 by the Blair County Department of Solid Waste and Recycling in partnership with the Blair County Conservation District. The IRC continues to operate the facility in partnership with the Blair County Conservation District.

Our Duncansville will be open every Tuesday year-round from Noon - 5:00 p.m. thanks to support from Duncansville Borough. Due to staffing constraints, mulch and compost sales do not begin until 3:00 p.m.  It is a self serve drop-off.  Yard waste may be dropped off at the following fee schedule:

Grass, leaves, and other soft waste may be dropped off at the following fee schedule:

  • 3 bags or less - free
  • Cars, Small pickup, Vans, SUVS or trailer - $4 per load
  • Standard pickup or trailer - $6 per load
  • Grass Passes are available for residents for residents, see staff for more details.

Brush and woody waste may be dropped off at the following fee schedule:

  • Small pickup or trailer - $6 per load
  • Standard pickup or trailer - $8 per load

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Residents may purchase bags of screened compost or mulch anytime during regular business hours and truck load quantities between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.  We apologize for the limited hours on finished material purchases, but we are unable to staff a loader at the facility for the entire day. Please contact our office to schedule an appointment for loading and for information on bulk quantity pricing. 6% sales tax is included in price.

  • Compost bags (1.5 cubic feet) - $6/bag
  • Mulch bags (2 cubic feet) - $3/bag
  • Screened Compost - $20 per one yard scoop
  • Screened Mulch - $20 per one yard scoop
  • Unscreened Mulch - $18 per one yard scoop
  • Wood Chips - $12 per one yard scoop
  • Top Soil - $30 per one yard scoop

Compost is a great soil amendment for lawns. gardens, and flower beds. It helps to improve water holding capacity and provides nutrients. Compost can be applied as a top dressing to lawns or flower beds and/or can be mixed with top soil to improve your soil quality.

Recycling Drop-off - Membership Now Required

 The following items may be recycled at our Duncansville Facility.  Membership is required for this drop-off.  You can purchase a yearly membership from the compost attendant on Tuesdays during composting hours.  Please call the IRC at 814-942-7472 for questions regarding the drop-off and membership.  The recycling is a self serve drop-off and residents should be able to unload their recyclables. You can click on the links below to see the materials accepted at the IRC Duncansville Recycling and Compost Facility:

Commingled 2      OCC Flattened    

                 Bottles & Cans                                        Paper & Cardboard                              

       Cans                       Yard waste setout

             Metal Cans                                                 Yard Waste

The Compost Facility does not accept recyclable items that are dirty or have not been rinsed. ALL ITEMS MUST BE RINSED AND CLEAN. If you have other questions or need further assistance, please call (814) 942-7472 or email Brock at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Our main office is located in City Hall in Altoona.  You may also reach the Compost Staff at (814) 941-6675.

Buckhorn Recycling & Compost Facility

Our Buckhorn facility is located on the outskirts of Logan Township at the top of the 'Buckhorn'. The facility address is 1860 Blacksnake Road, Dysart, PA 16686.  Directions to our facility can be obtained at the bottom of this page. Our facility is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and our material is tested regularly by the Pennsylvania State University to assure that no hazardous constituents are in our finished mulch or compost. The IRC took over the management of the two compost facilities in Fall 2012.

Compost is a great soil amendment for lawns. gardens, and flower beds.  It helps to improve water holding capacity and provides nutrients. Compost can be applied as a top dressing to lawns or flower beds and/or can be mixed with top soil to improve your soil quality.

You can find the complete hours and holiday schedule for our Buckhorn Facility on the right hand side of this page. Our Duncansville facility, located just south of Duncansville, will be open every Tuesday from Noon - 5:00 p.m. Both facilities are a self serve drop-off.

Grass, leaves, and other soft waste may be dropped off at the following fee schedule:

  • 3 bags or less - free
  • Cars, Small pickup, Vans, SUVS or trailer - $4 per load
  • Standard pickup or trailer - $6 per load
  • Grass Passes are available for residents 

 Brush and woody waste may be dropped off at the following fee schedule:

  • Cars, Small pickup or trailer - $6 per load
  • Standard pickup or trailer - $8 per load

mulch 2Residents may purchase finished material during regular business hours at the following fee schedule, please contact our office for bulk quantity pricing:

            • Compost bags (1.5 cubic feet) - $6/bag
            • Mulch bags (2 cubic feet) - $3/bag
            • Screened Compost - $20 per one yard scoop
            • Screened Mulch - $20 per one yard scoop
            • Unscreened Mulch - $18 per one yard scoop
            • Wood Chips - $12 per one yard scoop
            • Top Soil - $30 per one yard scoop

*6% sales tax included in price

 

Recycling Drop-off  

The following items may be recycled at the Buckhorn.  The recycling is a self serve drop-off and residents should be able to unload their own electronics.

Program Available to Most County Residents

This service is available to all residents in participating mandated municipalities (City of Altoona, Hollidaysburg, Borough, and Logan Township) and residents in any non mandated municipalities.  Tyrone Borough residents should contact their municipal office for all recycling information, including hazardous materials and electronics.

 You can click on the links below to see the materials accepted at the IRC Recycling and Compost Facility: 

interstate battery   Commingled 2  ewaste   

Automotive Materials                  Bottles & Cans                              Electronics    

 Florescent Bulb Transparent   OCC Flattened   Cans

Hazardous Waste              Paper & Cardboard                         Metals

          Yard waste setout

                 Yard Waste

Note that acceptable mixed plastics now include a smaller set of materials. The Compost Facility does NOT accept recyclable items that are dirty or have not been rinsed. ALL ITEMS MUST BE RINSED AND CLEAN. THANK YOU!

If you have other questions or need further assistance, please call (814) 942-7472 or email Brock at   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Our main office is located in City Hall in Altoona.  You may also reach the Compost Staff at (814) 941-6675.

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2020 Household Hazardous Waste Collection August 21st & 22nd

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, August 21st, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday, August 22nd, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at PNG Field, home of the Altoona Curve.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! Please follow this link for more information, there is no charge to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/115886795525
 
There will be a base charge of $15.00 per car trunk-load with an additional charge of $0.50/lb. for all paints, payable at the event via cash or check only.
 
ONLY the following items will be accepted:
 
• Fluorescent bulbs and tubes
• Mercury containing items (such as smoke detectors/thermostats)
• Lead acid batteries
• Automotive fluids (used motor oil, antifreeze, oil filters & etc.)
• Pesticides and fertilizers
• Flammables and corrosives (such as paint thinner and drain cleaner)
• Spray Paint and other aerosol cans
• Latex and oil-based paints *All paints have a $0.50/lb. charge
 
NO MEDICATION, ALKALINE BATTERIES, ELECTRONICS, OR TIRES ACCEPTED.
 
We ask that all in attendance please follow these guidelines:
 
• Stay in your vehicle at all times
• Wear a facemask when speaking with staff
• Place materials to be recycled in trunk or truck bed to provide adequate social distancing
 

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