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.


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.

HHW ExamplesAccepted Items:

  • Oil-based and Latex paints & stains...Pesticides & Weed Killers
    • Both paints will be charged 50 cents per pound  
  • Automotive fluids & filters
  • Mercury containing products
  • Fluorescent bulbs & tubes
  • Poisonous/reactive chemicals
  • Flammable liquids & solids
  • And other hazardous materials

Please remember... this is a two day only, annual event held on July 13th, and 14th of 2018.  You can find instructions for handling latex paint here. We cannot accept medications at this event, but you can take them to one of the permanent drop-offs.  

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