Hazardous Materials Accepted 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.

The IRC Recycling and Composting facility accepts a variety of items for drop-off recycling at the Buckhorn Facility.  The following are hazardous materials accepted and the fee schedule.  You can find a complete list of materials accepted and a description of our composting operations here.   

Material Accepted  Fee
 Automotive Batteries Free
 Re-chargeable batteries (all kinds) Free
 Used Oil Filters

$1 per filter 

 Used Motor Oil Free
 Transmission Fluid Free 
 Power Steering Fluid Free
 Used Cooking Oil

First 5 gallons free

5+ gallons - $2/5 gallons

Compact Fluorescent Bulbs

$1 for two

 Fluorescent Tubes

4 ft. tube - $1 each

Over 4 ft. - $2 each

We cannot accept used antifreeze, brake fluid, or other automotive fluids not listed above.  We do accept these at our annual household hazardous waste collection for proper disposal.  These and other chemicals are toxic to people, plants and animals.  They can pollute our streams and water ways.  They should not be dumped down the drain or disposed of in the regular waste stream.  

The IRC hosts an annual Household Hazardous Waste collection to keep these materials out of our homes, water supply, and waste stream. Residents and businesses are able to safely dispose of those chemicals that have accumulated around the house and garage.  Businesses will need to pre-register before participating in the event.  There will be a disposal charge at this event.   We do not accept medications at this event.  The Drug Enforcement Agency works with local law enforcement and pharmacies to offer Prescription Drug Take Back days throughout the year, but local groups have worked together to offer several permanent drop-offs in Blair County for prescription drugs..  Latex paint can be safely disposed of at home by following these directions.  

To learn when this event will be held, 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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2021 Blair County HHW Collection Event at the Jaffa Shrine

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.
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
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

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