Aiming Higher, Recycling More

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Blair County county adopted the update to their Solid Waste Management Plan several years ago (which happens every ten years), with the hope we can generate the enthusiasm to recycle more throughout the county. Recommendations of the plan included the following elements.

  • More extensive curbside recycling collection, adding curbside recycling to all suburban communities
  • More efficient collection, both at the curbside and at drop-off depots in less populated places
  • Lower collection/processing costs, which might include the move to a single recycling collector
  • The addition of food waste composting where it makes sense
  • Mandatory waste collection for all households, which should help...
  • ...Reduce illegal dumping and open burning of trash
  • Convenient, affordable options, especially for special material recycling programs    
    • Electronics
    • Fluorescent Tubes/Bulbs
    • Tires
    • Appliances
    • Bulky Waste/Furniture
    • Medications/Prescription Drugs
    • Other Household Hazardous Waste

Be sure to let your elected officials know if you find these goals worthwhile in improving the quality of life in Blair County.  Below are some related links that might help you better understand some of these issues and how they might benefit the community.

Be a Perfect Recycler & Win!

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Gary and Judy Edmunson of Greenwood in Logan Township were added to our list of Recycling Rewards winner at the township supervisors' meeting in September, joining Tyrone Borough winners, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Romano, and Joan Kozak of Eldorado neighborhood in Altoona.  As the first winners in each municipality, all were presented a $100 gift certificate for being a “Perfect Recycler” by IRC representatives Dave Rhoa, Courtney Rhoades and Mark Geis. John Brenner will be presenting to the first winner of Hollidaysburg Borough in October.  The program kicked off  in the spring in the City of Altoona, Hollidaysburg Borough, Logan Township, and Tyrone Borough, with the hope of finding perfect residential recycling bins in each community.  Winners will be chosen every few weeks through the spring, summer and fall, ending on November 18, 2011, just after America Recycles Day.perfect-bins

The Recycling Office will perform curbside audits in randomly selected neighborhoods every other week in search of the perfect recycling bin.

Prizes will be awarded to the winners at the municipal board or council meetings by the IRC Representative, beginning in May and concluding in December.  Prizes will consist of a $50.00 gift card to one of the participating sponsors.  Participating Sponsors include Giant Eagle and Weis Markets.

We recently assembled a listing of our most outstanding commercial, industrial, institutional and Multi-family buildings, too. Visit our web page that lists the best programs in the IRC communities.

Recycling Rewards Eligibility

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The Contest is open to all residents:

  • Of the IRC Municipalities: City of Altoona, Township of Logan, Borough of Hollidaysburg, and Borough of Tyrone
  • Who are 18 years of age or older
  • Who have a contracted trash hauler
  • Not in violation of the curbside collection of recyclables program in that particular IRC Municipality.
  • Who do not burn waste, recyclables or yard trimmings in personal incineration devices, burn barrels, pits or in other similar open air fires

The contest will be void where prohibited by law.  Employees of Sponsor, City of Altoona, Township of Logan, Borough of Hollidaysburg, and Borough of Tyrone and/or the Blair County Solid Waste Department, are not eligible, nor are members of these employees' families (defined as parents, children, siblings, spouse, and life partners).

Recycling Rewards Rules & Regulations

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NO PURCHASE REQUIRED TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

INTRODUCTION. This "Recycling Rewards" contest (“the Contest”) is being sponsored by the Intermunicipal Relations Committee (hereinafter “Sponsor”) and will award the contest winners a gift card to participating sponsors.   The details of the prizes and how to enter the Contest are contained in these Official Rules.

TO ENTER. You are automatically entered to win if you are a resident of the City of Altoona, Logan Township, Tyrone Borough and/or Hollidaysburg Borough (hereinafter “IRC Municipality) since you are required to place your recyclables at the curbside and if you meet the Eligibility requirements listed below.  During the Promotion Period (as defined below), be sure to separate all your recyclables (as defined below) from your trash and place them in your curbside recycling bin.  Any recyclables mixed in with the trash may result in disqualification at the discretion of the Sponsor.

Sponsor is not responsible for any error, human, technical or otherwise, which may occur in the in the selection of a winner.

PROMOTION PERIOD. The Contest begins at 5:00:01 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on April 11, 2011, and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on November 18, 2011.

PERFECT BIN. Sponsor will be performing random curbside inspections throughout the IRC Municipalities in search of the perfect bin.  A Perfect Bin shall consist of all of the recyclable material mandated for curbside residential collection.  No recycling should be visible in the non-recyclable trash. Curbside material includes: all plastic bottles from #1-7; glass bottles and jars; steel, aerosol and aluminum cans; newspapers and inserts, magazines and catalogs, phone books, mixed paper and envelopes, junk mail, and shredded paper.   A perfect bin also requires that paper and commingled recycling are prepared as directed.  Paper recycling should be kept dry and bundled or bagged.  Commingled recycling should be rinsed.  Data collected during the curbside inspections will also be used to determine an individual compliance of the recycling ordinance and guidelines for that particular IRC Municipality.

ELIGIBILITY. The Contest is open to all residents who are:

  • Residing in the IRC Municipalities: City of Altoona, Township of Logan, Borough of Hollidaysburg, and Borough of Tyrone,
  • Eighteen years of age or older
  • Contracting with an approved trash hauler/recycler,
  • Not burning waste, recyclables or yard trimmings in personal incineration devices, burn barrels, pits or in other similar open air fires
  • Not in violation of the curbside collection of recyclables program in that particular IRC Municipality.

Void where prohibited by law.  Employees of Sponsor, City of Altoona, Township of Logan, Borough of Hollidaysburg, and Borough of Tyrone and/or the Blair County Solid Waste Department, are not eligible, nor are members of these employees' families (defined as parents, children, siblings, spouse, and life partners).

ACCEPTANCE OF OFFICIAL RULES. Acceptance of a prize in the Contest constitutes winner’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules and to be contacted in person, by telephone and/or email.  Winners agree to accept all prizes at a meeting of the municipal governing body where winner resides.  Prizes will be awarded by the Municipal IRC Representative.

SELECTION OF POTENTIAL WINNERS. One (1) winner will be determined every two weeks during random curbside inspection of recycling bins to be conducted by Sponsors beginning on April 11, 2011 and occurring every two weeks thereafter until the end of the Contest on November 18, 2011, throughout all IRC Municipalities. Sponsor's decisions as to all matters related to administration of the Contest and selection of winners are final. All potential winners must comply with all terms and conditions set forth in these Official Rules, and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements. The winner(s) from the Contest will be notified by in person at the residence where the ‘perfect bin’ was inspected. If any of the potential winner(s) cannot be contacted, an alternate winner will be selected in his or her place at random by the Sponsor.

PRIZES. The contest winners (the "Contest Winners") will be awarded a $50.00 gift certificate for one of the participating sponsors.  Participating sponsors include but are not limited to: Weis Markets, Giant Eagle. If a perfect bin cannot be determined for any two week period, the $50.00 gift certificate will roll over to be awarded during the following two week period of the contest.  Approximate value of each Prize: $50.00. The Prize is subject to the following material conditions and restrictions:

NO CASH OR OTHER SUBSTITUIONS ARE PERMITTED, EXCEPT BY SPONSOR, WHO RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SUBSTITUTE THE PRIZE WITH ONE OF EQUAL OR GREATER VALUE.

All federal, state and local taxes related to the Prize and the other prizes are the sole responsibility of Prize Winners. All other expenses and costs, not expressly listed above, are the Prize Winners’ sole responsibility. No refunds or credit for changes are allowed. No transfer of the Prize is permitted. All potential winners must execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility/Release of Liability and Publicity within FIVE (5) days of notification. Noncompliance within this time period may result in disqualification, and an alternate Contest winner(s) may be selected, as applicable. Return of any prize notification as undeliverable may result in disqualification and selection of any alternate winners.

GENERAL CONDITIONS. The Contest is governed by the laws of the United States and the State of Pennsylvania, and participants in the Contest hereby consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of Pennsylvania courts (state and federal) for any causes or controversies arising out of the Contest. Each participant waives any and all objectives to jurisdiction and venue in these courts. All applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited.

Except where prohibited by law, the Winner grants to Sponsor and its advertising agencies the right to use and publish their photos, proper names, likeness, voices, opinions, biographical information and state in any media to promote Sponsor and the Contest without additional compensation.

Winners release and hold harmless Sponsor, and the IRC Municipalities , their directors, officers, employees and agents from any and all liability for any injuries, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with the Contest or receipt or use and/or misuse of any prize.

Sponsor reserves the right to cancel or modify the Contest if fraud or any other factor impairs the integrity of the Contest as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion.

CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY ANY PERSON TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, THE SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

SPONSOR
Intermunicipal Relations Committee
100 Chief Logan Circle
Altoona, PA 16602

WINNERS LIST. Contest results and copy of these Official Rules may be obtained by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: "Recycling Rewards," c/o Intermunicipal Relations Committee, c/o Katrina Pope, 100 Chief Logan Circle, Altoona, PA 16602. Final results will be available January 1, 2012.

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.

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"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.

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