Drug Take Back Day October 26, 2013

Written by Katrina Pope. Posted in Special Events and Collections

 The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take Back Day which will take place on Saturday, October 26, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications.  Click here to find a collection site near you.

 Americans have participated in six National Prescription Drug Take-Back Days over the past several years.  The United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) Sixth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this past April collected 50 percent more pills than the previous one, demonstrating the American public’s continued appreciation and need for the opportunity to discard unwanted, unused and expired prescription drugs from medicine cabinets, bedside tables, and kitchen drawers.

 On April 27, 742,497 pounds (371 tons) of prescription medications were collected from members of the public at more than 5,829 locations manned by 4,312 state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies that partnered with DEA on the event.  When added to the collections from DEA’s previous five Take-Back events, more than 2.8 million pounds (1,409 tons) of prescription medications have been removed from circulation. 

 The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

For more info or a collection site near you visit   http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html


June 22, 2013 Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Written by Katrina Pope. Posted in Special Events and Collections

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.

2013 Rainbarrel & Compost Bin Sale

Written by Katrina Pope. Posted in Special Events and Collections

Our rain barrel and compost bin sale event was in early June but barrels and bins are still available at the IRC compost and recycling facilities and at the IRC recycling office in Altoona City Hall, 1301 - 12th Street.  
What a great way to welcome Spring!  The IRC is pleased to feature The Earth MachineTM Backyard Compost Bin and the SYSTERN Rain Barrel.  Both products will be available to area residents on a first come, first served basis until all bins are sold. SYSTERN Rain Barrels and Earth Machine™ Backyard Compost Bins will be available for only $65.00 and $55.00, respectively, tax included.  This is a significant savings from the regular retail prices of $100.00 and $120.00.
The Earth Machine™ can be used to compost kitchen scraps, leaves, plants, old potting soil and soft plant stems from the garden, to produce beautiful compost that can be used as a rich soil additive for lawns and gardens.  Compost adds nutrients and improves soil water retention, giving you greener grass, healthier flowers and better fruits and vegetables. 
The SYSTERN Rain Barrel, made by the same company that makes the Earth Machine composter, will also be available.  Capturing rain water by using the SYSTERN Rain Barrel helps to reduce water pollution and soil erosion within our community while conserving a valuable natural resource.  Rain barrels are great for watering gardens during summer dry spells and for filling ornamental ponds, all without increasing our water and sewage bills.  These pre-formed bins, made from recycled content HDPE, are attractive, convenient to set up and use, and come with a 10-year replacement manufacturer's warranty.
For additional information about Earth Machine Backyard Composters, the SYSTERN Rain Barrel, or details on picking one up, call 814-942-7472.

Rain barrel and compost bin sale June 1, 2013

Written by I.R.C.. Posted in Special Events and Collections

The IRC will be having a rain barrel and compost bin sale June 1. Pre-sale orders will be accepted at the IRC office and compost facility. Check and cash accepted for pre-sale orders. Credit will be accepted on June 1. Pre-sale orders will be available for pick-up on or after June 1.
Rain Barrel $65.00
Compost Bin $50.00


Materials available for IRC residents through Lowe's Grant to beautify & renovate brick sidewalks and street trees

Written by I.R.C.. Posted in Special Events and Collections

brick sidewalkThe IRC recently received a grant from Lowes and Keep America Beautiful to assist homeowners with beautifying and renovating their brick sidewalks, street trees and streetscapes.  Complete the short application form describing your project and attend a brief workshop to be eligible for assistance.  You can obtain the application form by stopping by the IRC office located in the Logan Township building or by emailing Katrina at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  The first workshop will be held sometime in July.  Applicants will be notified of workshop dates and times when class size is reached.  We’ll help with mulch for your street trees or sand to renovate your brick sidewalk.  If you have any questions about the grant or eligibility, please email Katrina or call 814-942-7472.

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