The 14th annual Blair County household hazardous waste collection was held on July 8th and 9th. This is the fourth year the Intermunicipal Relations Committee has hosted the event since the closure of the Blair County Department of Solid Waste and Recycling in 2012. The event continues to be a success with nearly 700 households and several small businesses participating. The Lakemont Lions Club supported the event with volunteers and the Penn State Cooperative Extension supported the event with Mr. Yuk stickers for participating residents.
The event collected over 88,000 lbs. of paint and hazardous waste. Items accepted included: aerosols, antifreeze, automotive batteries, corrosive acids and bases, flammable liquids, solids and adhesives, fluorescent light bulbs, garden chemicals, herbicides, fungicides, pesticides, used motor oil, oil-based paints, oil filters, paint solvents, organic peroxides, oxidizing liquids and solids, poisonous liquids and solids, pool chemicals, PCB ballast and capacitors, reactive and non-reactive chemicals and indeterminate chemicals.
This is an annual event, and will not be hosted again in Blair County until summer 2017. Residents who missed the event should visit IRCenvironment.org to determine if any of their hazardous waste is accepted at the IRC Buckhorn Recycling and Compost Facility on Blacksnake Road. Information on how to dry out latex paint for disposal can also be found on the IRC’s website. The event is co-sponsored by the IRC, PA Department of Environmental Protection, PA Department of Agriculture and MXI of Virginia was the disposal contractor.
Please remember... this was a two day only, annual event held on July 8th, and 9th of 2016. The 2017 date has not been determined. You can find instructions for handling latex paint here. We cannot accept medications at this event, but you can take them to one of the permanent drop-offs.
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