IRC Supports Seedlings for Schools with Compost Samples

Written by Katrina Pope. Posted in IRC Blog

The IRC is supporting the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Seedling for Schools program by giving a free sample of compost for every seedling to all Blair County schools.  The IRC produces the leaf compost at the Buckhorn and Duncansville Recycling and Compost facilities.  Municipalities providing curbside yard waste collections and residents wishing to recycle their yard waste bring material to the two facilities to be composted.  The material is built into windrows and composted into an earthy, organic soil amendment.  The finished compost is screened and available for purchase in bulk, by the bag, or delivered.  This is the first year the IRC will be providing the samples in conjunction with the Seedlings for Schools program.  Schools that are interested in receiving the samples should contact Katrina at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Beginning Monday, February 29th schools can order tree seedlings through the Seedlings for Schools program.

2015 Household Hazardous Waste Collection a Success

Written by I.R.C.. Posted in IRC Blog

The county Household Hazardous Waste collection was held on Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18, 2015, at PNG Field also known as the Home of the Altoona Curve.  2015 was the first year this was offered as a two day event.  Residents showed their support for the event by lining up hours before it began on Friday morning.  The event ran from noon to 5p.m. on Friday with over 300 cars and nearly 350 households participating.  OVer 350 cars and nearly 450 households drove out to the ballpark from  8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.  The collection included a wide variety of materials - fluorescent bulbs, automotive fluids, poisonous liquids and solids, oil-based paints and stains, herbicides and pesticides and corrosives.  A state grant program through the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Agricultrue pays for half of our program costs but the other half must be picked up by the sponsoring county.   In this case, that means the IRC.  Residents were charged a flat $10 fee for all chemicals and latex paint was accepted for recycling for $1.00 per can.

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