2021 Blair County HHW Collection Event at the Jaffa Shrine

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To help reduce the amount of hazardous waste in our homes, waste stream, and our water supply, the IRC
will hold our annual Blair County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event on Friday, July 23rd, from
12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday, July 24th, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Jaffa Shrine.
 
PLEASE NOTE THE LOCATION CHANGE FROM PRIOR YEARS!
 
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! Please follow this link for more information, there is no charge to register: 2021 HHW Collection Event (tickets are not required to enter the event, so please save a tree and don't worry about printing them!)
 
There will be a base charge of $15.00 per car trunk-load with an additional charge of $0.50/lb. for all paints, payable at the event via cash or check only.
 
ONLY the following items will be accepted:
 
• Fluorescent bulbs and tubes
• Mercury containing items (such as smoke detectors/thermostats)
• Lead acid batteries
• Automotive fluids (used motor oil, antifreeze, oil filters & etc.)
• Pesticides and fertilizers
• Flammables and corrosives (such as paint thinner and drain cleaner)
• Spray Paint and other aerosol cans
• Latex and oil-based paints *All paints have a $0.50/lb. charge
 
NO MEDICATION, ALKALINE BATTERIES, ELECTRONICS, OR TIRES ACCEPTED.
 
We ask that all in attendance please follow these guidelines:
 
• Stay in your vehicle at all times
• Wear a facemask when speaking with staff
• Place materials to be recycled in trunk or truck bed to provide adequate social distancing
 

Intermunicipal Cooperation

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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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