Electronics Recycling at Buckhorn Facility

Program Available to Most County Residents

This service is available to all residents in participating mandated municipalites (City of Altoona, Hollidaysburg Borough, and Logan Township) and residents in any non mandated municipalities.  Tyrone Borough residents should contact their municipal office for all recycling information, including hazardous materials and electronics.

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Most Materials Free, Some Now Have a Modest Fee

Due to increased recycling costs for non-televsion and non-computer electronics, a small fee is now in effect for some of those items.  The IRC Recycling and Composting facility still accepts a variety of items for recycling at the Buckhorn Facility and computers and televisions are still free. The following are the different electronic items accepted and the fee schedule. You can find a complete list of materials accepted and a description of our composting operations here. 

In 2010, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed legislation requiring the recycling of televisions, computers, and related electronic devices. This service is free to all residents.  It is a self serve drop-off. Residents should be able to unload their electronics without assistance. If you have truck load quantities, please call ahead to ensure that we have adequate space.  You can reach the IRC Compost Facility staff at 814-941-6675. 

The materials will need to be separated into the categories listed in the table below. It is important for residents to keep the different materials separate to ensure recyclability. Our facility is a source separated facility.  This means that the recycling collected at our facilityy needs to be separated into the individual commodity streams.  The recycling at our facility gets directly bailed and sold on the recycling markets.  There is no one to sort recyclilng that has been mixed together at our facility.  When recycling is mixed with trash it is trash.  Please pay attention to the different separations when using our facility.   Small businesses (businesses with 50 employees or less) may also utilize the drop-off at our location.  If you are a large employer, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Material Accepted  Fee
   
Covered Electronics:  
 Computer Towers and Laptops Free
 Keyboards, printers, faxes, copiers, and mice Free
 Printer & Toner Cartridges Free
 Computer speakers Free
 Televisions Free
 Computer Monitors Free
   

Other Electronics: 

  
 Christmas lights Free
 Microwaves and toaster ovens Free
 Cell phones and digital cameras Free
 Metal appliances such as stoves, dishwashers, washer, and dryers Free
 Metal curling irons Free
 Portable DVD Players and other similar sized electronics $1
 Full-sized DVD players, VCR%s, and other similar sized electronics $2
 Stereos, sound systems, speakers, other similar sized electronics $5
 Oversized electronics,stereos and sound systems $10 or more

 

 

Freon containing devices:

 

 Refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, and dehumidifiers

$7-10
   
Electronics NOT accepted
 
 Vacuum cleaners  
 Shop vacs  
 Plastic housefans  
 And other mostly plastic electronics  

If you are unsure as to how to recycle at our facility or need other recycling assistance please see an IRC employee.  We frequently have special recycling events to accept different materials.  To learn more about our special recycling events, or for other questions, please call our office at (814) 942-7472 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

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Intermunicipal Cooperation

Cooperative Efforts = Efficient & Effective Government

Pennsylvania local government can be very fragmented and inefficient but cooperative ventures among municipalities usually saves tax dollars while providing for more effective programs administered by more qualified staff. The Intermunicipal Relations Committee (IRC) has been a great example. The four mandated recycling municipalities could never have afforded to each hire a qualified recycling manager, but together they could administer their program effectively and efficiently.  Several other agencies have addressed other local government responsibilities.

Other Intermunicipal Programs & Agencies

  • Central Blair Recreation Commission - A cooperative effort of the City of Altoona, Logan Township and the Altoona Area School District, the commission overseas parks and recreation programs in the Greater Altoona area.
  • Blair County Sanitary Adminstrative Committee - This committee oversees on-lot septic system permitting and enforcement and includes most of the municipalities in the county.
  • AMTRAN (Altoona Metro Transit Bus Authority) - Evolving from the old Altoona and Logan Valley Electric Railway Company, the bus authority provides bus transportation throughout the Greater Altoona area.
  • Altoona Water Authority - The Altoona Water Authority provides water and sewer service to a number of central Blair County communities and partners with several other authorities and municipalities.
  • Blair County Library System - The Blair County Library System is a cooperative effort of the eight public libraries and ther supporting school districts and offer inter-library lending in addition to meeting rooms and literacy and community programs.

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