Most of our loyal readers recycle bottles, cans, paper and cardboard at home and work every day. Since we began the local recycling efforts in 1991, we have been able to add new materials because markets for those commodities have grown stronger.
Though curbside and business recycling still costs money, the strong markets for these materials make recycling much less expensive than waste disposal. Real “Green” jobs have grown from the industry and a very large portion of them have been American and Canadian jobs.
But it just hasn’t been the traditional curbside materials and products that have been doing well. Many of our special wastes, those that we make less frequently, have also found a home in the recycling industry. It does not make sense to include these in our weekly or biweekly collections since they are generated less often. But it does make sense to periodically offer collection events for these things.
Such an event is being held at the PNG Field (formerly known as the Blair County Ballpark) next Saturday, June 30th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. It will be the most extensive special material collection we have ever had and will include used tires, electronics of all kinds, a variety of boxes, hardback books and a host of hard-to-recycle plastics.
With the exception of the tires, all other materials will be accepted at no cost. Standard car tires removed from their rims will be $2.00, tires over fourteen inches start at $12 and large tractor tires (which must be removed from the rims) will be $20.
Thanks to a new state law requiring manufacturers to help support recycling of electronics, those products can now be recycled at no cost to residential and small business generators. This collection will accept just about any product with an electrical cord. The only things that cannot be accepted are those products that contain refrigerant fluids like freezers, refrigerators, air conditioners and dehumidifiers.
When the law goes into full affect throughout Pennsylvania, it will be illegal for anyone to dispose of televisions, computers or their peripherals in the regular trash. So this is a great opportunity to get rid of those old electronics that have been setting around gathering dust. Several paper and cardboard items will also be accepted. All kinds of boxes, both corrugated and paperboard boxes (like cereal, pasta or cracker boxes) as well as all types of books (including hardbacks) will be accepted for free.
Perhaps the biggest news is the opportunity to recycle a large number of difficult-to-recycle plastics. In addition to plastic bags and film, the collection will include foam packaging (often referred to as Styrofoam®) and non-food rigid plastic products. These rigid plastics will include rinsed plastic buckets, drums and trash cans, lawn furniture, toys and playhouse sets, crates, plastic baskets and flower pots, plastic shelving, large plastic water jugs and campaign signs and buttons.
Staff and volunteers from the Intermunicipal Relations Committee, the Blair County Department of Solid Waste and Recycling, PA CleanWays of Blair County and the Blair County Conservation District have organized and will staff the collection next Saturday.
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