Hauler Newsletter - Fall 2010

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Hauler Meeting Set for October 19th

That next mandatory hauler meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 in the first floor meeting room of the Logan Township Municipal Building off 26th Street and Michelle Drive, two blocks west of Pleasant Valley Boulevard.  We hope to go over:

  • The 2011 residential collection schedule
  • Collection vehicle requirements
  • Bin and cart distribution procedures
  • Ways to improve generator compliance

We will also discuss the formation of committees to explore:

  • Adding corrugated cardboard to residential collection
  • The feasibility of other recycling collection strategies

Remember that all hauling firms must be represented at these hauler meetings.

IRC Board Meetings

The Intermunicipal Relations Committee quarterly board meetings are public meetings and any interested individuals may attend.  If you wish to discuss something related to our recycling or waste collection programs, please call ahead and let us know that you would like to be placed on the meeting agenda.  Board meetings are at 4:00 p.m. in the second floor meeting room at the new Logan Township Municipal Complex and are scheduled for:

  • October 12, 2010 (Postponed from September)
  • December 14, 2010
  • March 15, 2011 (Pending final approval)

Don’t Forget Those Reports

Please complete enclosed commercial summary.  A report form for your commercial and institutional customers is enclosed.  We are trying to figure out what businesses are recycling so that we can offer assistance to those that are struggling or not recycling at all.  We also need these lists to meet the reporting requirements of the Department of Environmental Protection.

For those of you that have concerns over business information being made public, please rest assured that these lists are not part of the public record.  They will be used only for our internal review and to assist us in extending help to those that are not recycling as they should.  Please bring completed forms to the hauler meeting on October 19th.

Residential Numbers Down

We recently completed our recycling report for last year and found that our residential recycling numbers are down by several hundred tons from 2009.  Cardboard and paper numbers have gone up, thanks to some improvement in recycling but also because of improved data collection.  In other words, we counted the material recycled by the large chains and other stores better than we have in past years.

It is our hope that your hard work to improve collection practices and our educational and enforcement effort will bring improvement in 2010.  Many of you already realize this, but the success of the program is also important to the haulers. As we said in our last newsletter, we should all share the goal that residents and businesses recycle as they should.  Your work as both waste collectors and recyclers is important and your efforts can help us build a healthier, more attractive community.  

2011 Recycling Schedule

All haulers must be on same schedule by January. Even though the City of Altoona and Hollidaysburg Borough have specific collection days and recycling weeks, there has been much uncertainty on which week was recycling week. At the last hauler meeting we discussed how we might get everyone on the same schedule and decided that we would strive to do so by New Years 2011.  With that in mind, we have enclosed a schedule for next year with recycling weeks highlighted in gray.

The first recycling week is the week of January 3, 2011.  The Monday zone in Altoona will be collected on January 3rd, the Tuesday zone on January 4th, the Wednesday zone on January 5th and the Thursday zone will be collected on January 6th.  The first recycling collection in Hollidaysburg Borough will be either Thursday, January 6th or Friday January 7th.  All residential dwellings of three households or less must be provided with recycling service on those weeks and every two  weeks after that.  (Haulers may provide weekly commingled service if they wish to provide that service every week.)

On the six major holidays (New Years, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas), collection days are bumped one day later for the remainder of that collection week.  We will be including a detailed collection schedule on our website in addition to any schedule you may publish.  Our website schedule will also include yard waste and other special collections.

Many of you are already on this schedule but many others are not.  Please make plans now to make this change if you need to do so.  The IRC education and recycling enforcement is more efficient and effective with uniform collection days and weeks.  We do not wish to fine haulers for not meeting this requirement, so be sure you are following this schedule by the first week of the new year.

Commercial Recycling

Many commercial and institutional buildings are recycling cardboard but not much else.  Every building and public place in the four municipalities are required to recycle bottles,cans, newspaper and other printed paper.  So as we reach out to businesses and institutions we are reminding them that all of these materials must be recycled.

That raises the question of how we might recycle in all these places without a major expenditure of money for additional collections or containers.  Let us make these suggestions.

  • For smaller businesses, simply make them part of your residential recycling collection route.  You are recycling in that neighborhood anyway, so stop and pick the small commercial stops when you pass nearby.
  • For larger businesses, be sure to make adjustments in their waste container or waste collection schedule.  This is especially important and worthwhile if you are adding cardboard collection to an establishment that has been doing no recycling at all.  If you reduce the amount of waste by 25% to 50%, you need much less waste dumpster space and you, the hauler, will save money on trash tip fees at the transfer station, too.
  • Recycling containers are available from the IRC.  The IRC purchased a number of bins and carts with a recycling grant from DEP and these are now available to any business, institution or multi-family building in the IRC communities.  These include:
    • 18 and 22 gallon rectangular bins
    • 25 gallon round containers
    • 35, 65 and 95 gallon wheeled carts with lids

Contact the recycling office if you need additional containers.

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