Hauler Newsletter - Early Winter 2010

Written by I.R.C.. Posted in Haulers

Hauler Committees to Meet December 2nd

Our recently formed hauler sub-committees will meet at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 2, 2010 in the first floor meeting room of the Logan Township Municipal Building off 26th Street and Michelle Drive. The committee’s formation was discussed at our last hauler meeting and several companies volunteered to be part of those meetings.  Since most volunteers were interested in both committees we will hold one meeting to discuss all the collection issues.  These will include:

  • Adding corrugated cardboard to residential collection
  • The exploration of moving toward a single recycling collector while continuing the independent waste hauling system
  • Discussions on establishing uniform collection days
  • Brainstorming on how to improve recycling compliance among both residents and businesses (if time permits)

Mandatory Hauler Meeting

Our winter hauler meeting is 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at the Logan Township Building.   We will discuss our hauler subcommittee meeting of December 2 and then hear a talk on reducing injury risk during waste and recycling collection.  We hope that this will be a worthwhile presentation that you can all attend.  Waste collectors experience more injuries than some industrial workers and we hope that this mini-workshop will give you some help in reducing the risk for injury on your collection routes. Remember that all hauling firms must be represented at these hauler meetings.

Collection Reminders

All haulers must be on same schedule in January. All recycling collection in Altoona and Hollidaysburg must be done on the same week beginning the first week of January.  Recycling must be collected in Altoona Monday through Thursday, January 3-6 in the four designated collection zones.  Hollidaysburg recycling must be done on either Thursday or Friday, January 6 or 7.

Recycling should be done every two weeks after that.  The twice-per-month schedule that was used in the City the last few years is no longer in effect.  You may still collect recycling weekly if you prefer but you must notify your customers if you choose to do weekly collection.  Stop in the office or e-mail us ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) for a copy of the 2011 calendar if you still need one.

Written Service Description Now Due. Our ordinances require that you send a written description of services to all your residential customers.  It should include:

  • The day of waste collection and the day and week of recycling collection
  • Arrangements for special collection of bulky waste, corrugated cardboard and construction and demolition waste
  • Rates, billing and payment arrangements for regular weekly collections and special material collections

Low Volume Rates Required. Our ordinances also require that you offer residents a low volume rate if they make small amounts of trash.  We cannot tell you what you should charge a customer but we do require that you give some sort of price break to households that are recycling more and making less trash.

Christmas Tree Collections

Christmas trees will be collected at the curbside in both Tyrone and Hollidaysburg boroughs.  Haulers should not collect trees as part of waste collection in the two boroughs.  Weather permitting, their collections will be:

  • Tyrone Borough - January 10-11
  • Hollidaysburg Borough - January 4-14

If a snow emergency occurs, collections will take place as soon after the snow event as possible. The City and Township will sponsor tree drop-off sites at their municipal highway yards in addition to the two county compost facilities.  Residents of any of the IRC municipalities may use the City or Township sites.

  • Altoona Highway Yard - January 3-9 from 8-4
  • Logan Highway Yard - January 4-21
  • Buckhorn Compost Facility - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8-4
  • Duncansville Compost Facility - January 4 & 11 from noon to 4 and January 8 from 9 to noon

Haulers are welcome to drop-off trees at the compost facilities.  There may be a charge for truckload quantities but it will be much less than disposal costs at the transfer stations.

Commercial Recycling

As we noted in the last issue, 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.  We continue to remind businesses and institutions that all of these materials must be recycled.
Let us again pass along some helpful hints that might assist you in recycling more without necessarily spending more time or 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 bins are available from the IRC.  The IRC purchased a number of bins and carts with a recycling grant from DEP.  Bins and lids are now available to any business, institution or multi-family building in the IRC communities.  These include:
    • The old traditional 18 gallon bin
    • Taller and bigger 22 gallon rectangular bins
    • 25 gallon round containers
  • Wheeled carts are also available.  A limited number of wheeled carts are also available for use in schools, institutions, non-profit organizations and cooperative commercial business properties or developments.  Notify us of the places that need such containers and we’ll make arrangements to deliver the carts.

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