Haulers Offering Recycling Service

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The following haulers offer recycling service as part of their regular residential collection service in a number of Blair County communities beyond the four mandated municipalities of Altoona, Logan Township and Hollidaysburg and Tyrone Boroughs.  Call each for details and pricing.

  • Burgmeier's Hauling - 943-8975
  • Dutch's Hauling - 942-1054
  • Jim's Hauling - 696-1616
  • Pro Disposal - 736-3631

This listing is derived from response to a survey of haulers and includes only those companies that responded to the survey solicitation. Materials collected in all communities are similar and include all cans, glass and plastic bottles and jars, and mixed printed paper.  Visit our residential recycling page for information on recyclables accepted in our programs.  

Drop-Off Recycling

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Drop-off recycling has been restored to nearly every corner of the county thanks to the cooperative efforts of a host of partnering municipalities, private sector recyclers and hauling firms and the IRC Council of Governments (COG).  The compost facilities in Buckhorn and Duncansville will be operated by the IRC COG and remain open to all county residents.  The Duncansville facility will require residents to purchase a yearly membership.

  • IRC Facilities
    • IRC Buckhorn Compost Facility - 1860 Blacksnake Road, Dysart.  For a complete list of materials accepted and/or directions to our facility, please click here.
  • Municipal Membership Facilities
    • IRC Duncansville Compost Facility - Dunnings Highway, Duncansville (Just past Inlows when traveling south towards Newry).  For a complete list of materials accepted and/or directions to our facility, please click here.  Membership is required.  Call the IRC for questions regarding membership.
    • Martinsburg Area Recycling - Martinsburg Borough and Huston and North Woodbury Townships have sponsored a drop-off facility at 317 South Nicodemus Street for residents and businesses in those municipalities. Membership is required.  Call the borough or the township offices for details.
    • Taylor/Roaring Spring Recycling - Taylor Townships has partnered with Roaring Spring Borough to sponsor a drop-off facility at the township building.  Membership is required.  Call the borough or the township offices for details.
  •  Municipal Drop-Offs
    • Williamsburg Borough - 305 East Second Street, Williamsburg (Sponsored by Paul Kane Trash Removal) This site accepts all paper, bottles and cans.  The cardboard drop-off is at the Woodbury Township building on Route 866.  *Some materials have been discontinued at this drop-off due to contamination.
  • Private Sector Recyclers
    • Cove Recycling - 4643 Cove Mountain Road, Roaring Spring, PA on PA Route 164 between Martinsburg and Roaring Spring (though they do not accept plastic, glass or steel cans)
    • Burgmeier's Recycling - Old Sixth Avenue Road, Altoona, PA
    • Waste Management - Old Sixth Avenue Road, Altoona, PA 

Expansion of Curbside Recycling

Many haulers offer recycling outside the communities where curbside recycling is required by state law (City of Altoona, Logan Township & Hollidaysburg Borough).  A list of hauling companies that recycle beyond the mandatory curbside communities is now available.

We are also encouraging businesses and residents to ask their local municipal officials to consider an ordinance to require both trash collection and curbside recycling.  Since most haulers are already recycling, such a change in other municipalities would not be difficult or expensive.  Call (814) 942-7472 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details on model ordinances and possible options for municipalities.

The Perfect Recycling Bin

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Like the lottery, you can't win unless you play.  That means you can't win a Recycling Award if you are not recycling. and in order to win, you need to be recycling correctly.


"A Perfect Recycling Bin" will include all of the material collected at the curbside and no recycling should be visible in the trash. Curbside material includes: all plastic bottles #1-7, glass bottles and jars, steel and aluminum cans, newspapers and inserts, magazines and catalogs, phone books, mixed paper and envelopes, junk mail, and shredded paper.  In addition, cardboard and paperboard boxes have been added to the curbsdie collection.  That means that a perfect bin would now include these materials for recycling.  You can flatten your cardboard boxes and bundle them or flatten them and nest them in another box.   

A perfect bin also requires that paper, cardboard, and commingled recycling are prepared as directed.  Paper recycling should be kept dry and bundled or bagged.  Cardboard boxes should be flattened and bundled or flattened and nested inside another box.  Commingled recycling should be rinsed.  Plastic bags may be used only for shredded paper.

Computer, Television Recycling Continues

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Program Continues at Yard Waste Facility

Televisions and computers must now be recycled in Pennsylvania, and most Blair County residents will be able to do that at the IRC Recycling and Compost facility in Logan Township (Blacksnake Road, near the Buckhorn).  Tyrone Borough residents should contact their municipal offices to inquire about all recycling programs.

The best news is that the service is free to all residents in participating mandated municipalites (City of Altoona, Hollidaysburg, Borough, and Logan Township) and residents in any non mandated municipalities.  Tyrone Borough residents should contact their municipal office for electronics recycling information.  The Compost Facility will be open during regular hours, weekdays (except Wednesdays) from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each Saturday.  The facility is closed on  holidays.  Click here for more detailed operation hours and other drop-off recycling program details.

New Law Mandates TV, Other Electronic Recycling in PA

The Pennsylvania General Assembly passed legislation at the end of the 2010 session requiring the recycling of televisions, computers and related electronic devises. The law required computer and television manufacturers to facilitate and fund the recycling of the electronic devices they manufacture. Computers contain both valuable precious metals and hazardous components, and two thirds of the states now have some sort of recycling mandate to handle the devices in an environmentally preferable way.

The Intermunicipal Relations Committee Council of Governments, and Reverse Logistics  have joined together to provide free recycling of household and small business electronic devices covered by Act 180 of 2010.

What can be recycled?

Devices currently accepted include:

  • All types of televisions
  • Computer towers and laptops
  • Computer monitors
  • Keyboards, mice and speakers

A number of other special wastes are also accepted at the facility and a complete list is available here. 

Recyclable Materials

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Recycled Materials

What materials are required to be recycled?

Curbside Recycling

Visit our curbside recycling web page for more on the recyclable materials included in our program.

  • Newspaper
  • Other Mixed Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Glass
  • Plastic Bottles
  • Aluminum Cans
  • Steel Cans

Special Drop-Off Recycling

Beyond traditional curbside recycling opportunities, many special materials can also be dropped off at recycling facilities.  Here are some of the most commonly generated materials. Special note: there are currently no local outlets for mixed rigid plastics, #3-7 bottles or other plastic beyond the bottles collected at the curbside.

  • Some special recyclable materials are also accepted at our Buckhorn & Duncansville facilities. Visit those pages for a complete list.
  • Plastic bags and film - Most supermarkets and several other retailers provide plastic bag recycling.
  • Scrap metal - Two scrap yards provide metal recycling in Blair County
    • Danny's Metals - 1917-9th Avenue, Altoona - 943-4773
    • Caracciolo Steel and Metal Yard - East Sixth Avenue Road, Altoona - 944-4051


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