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)

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


Why Recycle?

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Why Recycle?

Recycling and composting have many benefits, both environmentally and economically. Though recycling can generate ten times the number of jobs than disposal of that waste in a landfill, ill-informed critics still claim that it is a waste of time and resources. For an excellent summary of the benefits of recycling, take a look the article from the Pennsylvania Sierra Club written by IRC Director John Frederick. Here are some other great resources to help you dispel those myths.

The Next Big Step

As Blair County embarks on its ten year update on its Solid Waste Management Plan, we are aiming higher, hoping to improve our recycling program.  Check out our list of goals to build a more outstanding recycling, composting and waste reduction effort.

 Dispelling the Myths

The Benefits of Recycling

Curbside Recyclables

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Curbside recyclable materials should be placed in your blue bin and set out for collection.  Paper should be kept dry and we recommend a lid for your paper recycling bin. Visit your municipal highway garage or office for a new bin or lid or call the recycling office for more information.  To explore bin and lid options, take a look at pictures of the various bins we offer. For more on composting drop-off opportunities, visit our composting pages here.  You can click on the image below to get a printable pdf version of What Gets Recycled.


What Gets Recycled

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