Yard Waste Accepted at Duncansville Facility

The IRC Recycling and Composting facility accepts a variety of items for recycling at the Duncansville Facility. The following are the different types of yard waste and the related fee schedule that are accepted for recycling drop-off at the compost facility.  You can find a complete list of materials accepted and a description of our composting operations here.

Yard waste setout

We are happy to accept bagged grass clippings as well as trimmings and garden refuse.  Material may be loose, bundled with twine, or placed in paper bags.  Be sure to use only paper bags.  Paper bags are available at most home improvement, hardware and garden stores throughout the curbside communities. Brown kraft paper bags should be used, but please do not tape or tie them shut.  Simply fold the top of the bag.  Plastic bags are not permitted at any of the composting or municipal drop-offs.  Plastic gets tangled up in our processing equipment and cannot biodegrade with the yard waste.  Also be sure your bagged material does not contain metal, plastic or other trash.  We only accept organic material to be composted.  It is important for residents unloading material to follow directions to ensure the quality of our finished material.  We do not accept material from residents or landscapers that use Imprelis.  Please pay attention to traffic and directions when using our facility.  

 Yard Waste Tip Fees

Car load quantities are free.  

Material Accepted  Fees  
   Small Pick-up Large Pick-up
 Grass Clippings        $4           $6
 Ornamental Grasses and Flowers        $4           $6
 Leaves        $4           $6
 Hedge, yard, and other brush trimmings        $6           $8
 Tree Trimmings (Up to 12" in diameter or call 814-941-6675)        $6           $8
  *Similar sized trailers and larger loads are priced accordingly.     

Compost & Mulch Sales 

Our screened material is available as a woody mulch (made from ground woody waste) or as a finer compost (made primarily from leaves and grass clippings).  Our facilities are licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and our material is tested regularly to assure that no hazardous constituents are in our finished mulch or compost.  Finished material can be purchased between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.  Truckload quantities are loaded by our staff.

Prices for finished compost and mulch, as well as tip fees for brush and trimmings were changed slightly for 2013.

Finished material: 

             o  Wood Chips (single grind mulch) – $12 per one yard scoop

             o  Unscreened Mulch (2x grind mulch) – $18 per one yard scoop

             o  Screened mulch (2x grind mulch) – $20 per one yard scoop

             o  Screened compost – $20 per one yard scoop

             o  Screened topsoil – $30 per one yard scoop

 Burning of Yard Trimmings

Burning Trimmings


It is generally illegal to burn yard trimmings in a mandated recycling community.  Besides leaves, this also includes tree and woody trimmings.  State law requires that most yard trimmings must be composted and may not be burned.  Besides being illegal, it is one of the most common causes of brush and forest fires. Leaf fires also emit large amounts particulate air pollution that complicate asthmatic and other breathing conditions.

Even if you don’t live in a mandated recycling community, we hope you’ll consider not burning (or at least minimizing what you burn).  We welcome both individuals and businesses to our two composting facilities on the Buckhorn and just south of Duncansville.

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. .  You can also reach our Compost Staff at (814) 941-6675.

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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.

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  • Blair County Sanitary Adminstrative Committee - This committee oversees on-lot septic system permitting and enforcement and includes most of the municipalities in the county.
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  • 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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