Monday, April 29, 2019

Over 57,000 Pounds Collected In Weekend Centre County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

Over 57,000 pounds of household hazardous waste was collected in a 2-day event on April 26-27 organized by the Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority.
Folks from 1,254 households took advantage of the event from 33 of the County's 35 municipalities.
Comments from residents were extremely positive.  They were very happy that there was an outlet for their material and that they could feel confident that it would be disposed of properly.  
We had lots of help with our event.  In addition to CCRRA employees, volunteers from Penn State Environmental Health and Safety and the State College Area High School were on-site to assist in checking vehicles.  In addition, a group of 6th grade students from Nittany Valley Charter School stopped by to check out the operation.
The event was co-sponsored by Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority, the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Agriculture.  MXI of Langhorne, PA was the successful contractor.
“In spite of inclement weather and tornado watches, residents were patient and really showed how much they care about keeping Centre County a safe place to live.  We even collected enough fluorescent tubes to stretch 3 miles when placed end to end!” said Joanne Shafer, Centre County’s Deputy Executive Director/Recycling Coordinator.   
Collection and disposal costs of all 57,000 pounds will be split between the Household Hazardous Waste Fund, DEP and  CHEMSWEEP.  
If you missed this collection, look for information next spring.  The Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority will be holding another Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event in 2020.   
For more information, visit the Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority website.
Other Events
For a scheduled of upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events in other areas funded by DEP, visit DEP’s Household Hazardous Waste webpage.

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