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.  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, is 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:

  • 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:

            • Screened Compost - $20 per one yard scoop
            • Screened Mulch - $20 per one yard scoop
            • Unscreened Mulch - $16 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 ONLY.  The recycling is a self serve drop-off and residents must 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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2021 Blair County HHW Collection Event at the Jaffa Shrine

To help reduce the amount of hazardous waste in our homes, waste stream, and our water supply, the IRC
will hold our annual Blair County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event on Friday, July 23rd, from
12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday, July 24th, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Jaffa Shrine.
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! Please follow this link for more information, there is no charge to register: 2021 HHW Collection Event (tickets are not required to enter the event, so please save a tree and don't worry about printing them!)
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
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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