2019 Annual HHW Event A Success!

Written by Katrina Pope. Posted in Hazardous Materials

2019 Annual Hazardous Waste Event was a Success

To help reduce the amount of hazardous waste in our homes, waste stream, and our water supply, the IRC will held our annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection on Friday, July 12th, 2019 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday, July 13th, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the PNG Field, home of the Altoona Curve. There was a base charge of $15 per car trunk-load with an additional charge of $.50/lb. for all paints. Latex paint can safely be dried out and disposed (once it is dry and has become a solid) with your household trash. You can find instructions for handling latex paint here.  Nearly 550 cars from over 600 households participated and safely disposed of over 62,000 lbs. of material.  The next event will not be held until 2020.

 Program Available to Most County Residents

 The best news is that the service is free 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.


Latex & Oil Based Paint

Written by Katrina Pope. Posted in Hazardous Materials

What is the difference between Latex and Oil-based Paint?

Latex paint is the most popular paint on the market. The main solvent is water. It can be used indoors or outdoors and on many different surfaces. It is preferred by most do-it-yourselfers because of the ease of clean up with soap and water. It consists of four parts: a resin that forms the coating on the surface being painted, a solvent (water) that keeps the paint in liquid form, pigments, and additives, such as biocides.

Oil-based paints, stains and varnishes are always hazardous to our environment and should never be disposed of in the household trash. The IRC holds an annual household hazardous waste collection every year. These materials and other toxic chemicals can be safely disposed of at this event. To learn more about this event, please visit our special collections page or call us at 814-942-7472.

 Is Latex Paint Hazardous?

Recycling Rechargeable Batteries

Written by I.R.C.. Posted in Hazardous Materials

The IRC and the four member municipalities are proud to announce their participation in the Call2recycle program. Call2recycle is a program of the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) promoting environmental sustainability by providing free battery and cell phone recycling in North America.  In the call2recycle program residents can now recycle all rechargeable batteries weighing less than 11 pounds.

What does that mean you might ask?  It means that those rechargeable batteries that you put in your camera, toys, and other gadgets around your house are now recyclable at your local municipal building.  Are you buying some new power tools, the rechargeable battery on the old tool is recyclable too!  Time to upgrade for a new cell phone, you can recycle the entire old phone at your municipal building.  Cordless phones, laptop computers, digital cameras, two-way radios, and even remote control toys.  If it can be recharged, it can be recycled! If you are a business that would like to participate, please email Katrina Pope.call2recycle

Bring it! Bag it! Seal it! and Drop it!

  • It doesn't matter how many batteries you recycle.
  • However, be sure to place only one battery per bag!
  • Be certain to seal the bag after placing the battery inside.
  • Deposit the sealed bag into the call2recycle box.

Thanks for helping us to recharge the planet by recycling your batteries!

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