Updated: Comprehensive guide to recycling in the Centre Region

Date: September 21, 2017

Curbside Recycling
Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority (CCRRA) has updated its Red Bin Curbside Recycling
Guide for 2017. All paper can now be bagged or bundled together, which means that newspaper no longer needs to be separated. Last year, CCRRA added spiral cans to the list of acceptable items for recycling.

Ferguson Township residents have a multitude of ways to recycle throughout the year, including hazardous household materials, old furniture and appliances, electronics such as computers and TVs, unused prescription drugs, and yard waste. It's also easy to compost food scraps in your backyard.

Electronics Recycling
CCRRA also made changes to its Accepted Electronics list. CCRRA will accept all computers, laptops, tablets, notebooks, monitors, keyboards, printers, scanners, peripherals, all sizes and types of televisions, CD/DVD & VCR players and recorders, video game consoles and controllers, and more. CDs and DVDs are no longer accepted.

Learn more about the CCRRA electronic recycling program

Miscellaneous Plastics Recycling

Residents from 1,066 households — in 32 of the county's 35 municipalities — participated in Centre County’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program April 28 and 29 at the CCRRA. Learn more.

Fall Brush and Leaf Collection

Your Public Works crews are helping to make your yard clean-up tasks easier by offering curbside collection of brush and leaves. C-NET's Brush and Leaf Collection video provides guidelines for preparing your brush and leaves for collection. Following these guidelines will help ensure the safety of our crews.

Leaf collections will continue six days a week until the snow flies in December, or until winter operations begin. 

Learn more

View Brush Collection Guidelines

Refuse, Recycling, Compost and Yard Waste

A reminder to residents: Public Works crews are unable to collect grass clippings curbside along with brush and leaves. Residents may drop off grass clippings from dawn to dusk seven days a week at the Ferguson Township Municipal Building at 3147 Research Drive. Look for the sign directing you to the grass clippings area. 

In addition, residents may purchase compost, mulch and wood chips at the State College Borough Recycling Facility at 2145 North Atherton Street, or at the University Area Joint Authority (UAJA), 1576 Spring Valley Road. See details below.  The Glenn O. Hawbaker Recycling Center/State College Borough Compost Facility accepts rock, stumps and yard waste for a fee.  The site is located at 2145 North Atherton Street. Check its website for more information.

Visit the CCRRA website for information about backyard composting

Prescription Drug Collection
The Ferguson Township Police Department (FTPD) is one of seven year-round prescription drug drop-off sites in Centre County.

Located in the lobby of the Police Department at 3147 Research Drive, this collection site provides a safe, convenient, responsible, and confidential way to dispose of prescription drugs.

Its mission is working. Last year, the FTPD collected 84.78 pounds of medications from residents who dropped them in the drop-off box located in the lobby of the Ferguson Township Police Department. All seven Centre County prescription drug drop-off boxes collected more than 800 pounds. To date this year, the FTPD box has collected 34.56 pounds.

The site is part of a local law enforcement and community initiative to educate the general public about the current opioid addiction crisis and the potential for abuse of medications. Anyone who takes opioids or has access to them is at risk of becoming addicted. Centre County recorded 21 drug overdose deaths in 2016, compared with 17 drug overdose deaths in the county in 2015 — an increase of 24 percent.