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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It Takes An Army...

Written by Katrina Pope. Posted in IRC Blog

All of our events require the efforts of many people and the annual household hazardous waste collection is no different.  This two-day annual collection is a coordinated effort by the IRC working with Dept. of Environmental Protection, Dept. of Ag, MXI Environmental, Penn State Extension, Keep Blair County Beautiful and our committed participants and volunteers like YOU!  This is not an effort coordinated by one.  It takes many people to have a successful collection.  We need residents to believe in disposing of this material properly and to bring it to the collection (July 17th & 18th, 2015).  We need folks to help get the word out by talking to a neighbor, forwarding an email, sharing it on Facebook, or covering our news story.   We need volunteers willing to take time out of their busy lives to hand out education, direct traffic, survey residents, and breakdown boxes.  Every contribution made by each individual adds to the success of the event.   How will you participate this year?

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