Computer, Television Recycling Continues

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Program Continues at Yard Waste Facility

Televisions and computers must now be recycled in Pennsylvania, and Blair County residents will be able to do that at the IRC Recycling and Compost facility in Logan Township (Blacksnake Road, near the Buckhorn).

The best news is that the service is free to all county residents.  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. 

Summer Yard Waste Drop-off

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Yard Waste Recycling Opportunities Continue

Yard waste collection is still available to residents in the Borough of Hollidaysburg.

Drop-off locations are available to residents  at the Blair County Compost Facility, 1014 Blacksnake Road, the Altoona City Highway Yard, 5010 West 6th Avenue, the Tyrone Borough Garage, 1500 Lincoln Avenue.

  • Do not burn yard waste. It is illegal to burn leaves in all mandated recycling communities and burning of woody yard waste is not permitted in most recycling municipalities.
  • Only compostable materials should be set out for collection or be placed in the paper bags.
  • Leaves and grass clippings should be go in the standard 30 gallon kraft paper bag.
  • Do not tape the paper bags shut. Simply fold over the top of the bag.
  • No plastic bags are ever collected in any of the municipal yard waste collections or at any of the yard waste drop-off sites.

Need a Bin? Stop In.

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Bin OptionsIf you still need a recycling bin, you can pick them up at the IRC  office, IRC municipal buildings or highway yards. 

  • The IRC Office at Altoona City Hall (1301 - 12th Street, Suite 8 in the basement)
  • The Altoona Highway Yard (5010 Sixth Avenue at Commerce Park)
  • The Logan Township Municipal Building (100 Chief Logan Circle just off 26th Street and Pleasant Valley Boulevard)
  • The Hollidaysburg Municipal Building (401 Blair Street)
  • The Tyrone Highway Yard (1500 Lincoln Avenue)
  • The Antis Township Municipal Building (909 North Second Street, Bellwood)

Residents should ideally have a bin with a lid for paper recycling and an open bin for bottles and cans. If you have an old damaged bin or a county bin (that says "Blair County Recycles") and wish to trade it in for a bin that can take a lid, please bring in the bin for a trade-in.  Very large households may qualify for a 25 gallon round container.

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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