Saturday, May 1, 2021

Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority Collects 38,300 Pounds Of Household Hazardous Waste At Weekend Event

Approximately 38,300 pounds of hazardous material and nearly a mile and a half of fluorescent tubes were collected during the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event held at the
Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority this weekend.  

Close to 750 vehicles brought hazardous chemicals to the annual free drop off event.  Residents from 32 of the county’s 35 municipalities participated.  

There were also a handful who traveled in from surrounding counties and someone stopped by from as far as Erie County.    

Comments from residents were extremely positive.  They appreciated the quick and friendly service.  Many of the residents attend this event year after year and are thankful for the opportunity. 

This year’s event was a little different than usual as pre-registration was required.  Attendees also were asked to wear a mask, keep their windows closed and stay in their vehicles to maintain a safe event for all.  

Authority staff received many thumbs up and happy waves as cars left the facility after dropping off their material.

“We were surprised at the amount of people that turned out since we had just held an event in November.  The beautiful spring weather kept people’s spirits high in spite of the gale force winds we experienced on Friday.  An immature red-tailed hawk hung about and soared overhead as if showing his appreciation for environmental stewardship.” said Joanne Shafer, the Authority’s Deputy Executive Director/Recycling Coordinator.   

The event was co-sponsored by Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority, the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Agriculture.  MXI of Langhorne, PA was the successful contractor.

If you missed this collection, look for information next year.  The Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority will be holding another Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event on April 29 & 30, 2022. 

For more information on programs, upcoming events and more, visit the Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority website.

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[Posted: May 1, 2021] PA Environment Digest

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