Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Written by Katrina Pope. Posted in Hazardous Materials


Many of us don't think about the hazardous materials that we bring into our home.  We purchase them for the convenience or to make a tough job easier.  For example, it is easier to spray those weeds with an herbicide than it is to manually pull them from your flower bed every year.

What do we do with those left over herbicides or other chemicals that are commonly found in our households -  the half empty containers that accumulate in our garages, attics, closets, and under the kitchen sink.  How do we dispose of them?  Should we throw them out with the household trash?  These materials should be kept out of our regular waste stream and SHOULD NOT be dumped down the drain.

 To help reduce the amount of hazardous waste in our homes, waste stream, and our water supply, the IRC will hold our annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection on Friday, July 7th, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday, July 8th, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the PNG Field, home of the Altoona Curve.  There will be 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.

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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