This comprehensive guide to recycling in the Centre Region features updates from the Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority (CCRRA), as well as Ferguson Township's guidelines for Brush and Leaf Collection; Refuse, Recycling, Compost and Yard Waste; and year-round Prescription Drug Collection.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection, April 27 - 28
Bulk Waste Collection Week, May 7 - 11 and October 15 - 19
Amy Schirf of CCRRA offers these five recycling reminders -- tips that may be news to some
- Do not leave items outside of recycling drop-off containers
- Fluorescent tubes from households can be recycled in April
- Paper should be bagged or bundled curbside
- To ensure collection, make sure your recycling bin is out by 7 am
- Recycling information is plentiful and available
At right, Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority (CCRRA)'s Red Bin Curbside Recycling Guide. All paper may be bagged or bundled together, which means that newspaper does not need to be separated. Spiral cans also are accepted 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.
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 help 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.
Spring brush and leaf collection will begin Monday, April 2. A Special Brush Collection will be offered Monday through Thursday, April 16 - 19.
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.
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.
The site's mission is working. In 2017, residents brought 315.53 pounds of unwanted prescription and non-prescription drugs to the FTPD's drop-off collection box. The FTPD accepts unused medications during regular business hours (8 am - 5 pm Monday through Thursday and 8 am - 4 pm Friday).
Last year, our officers made 51 DUI arrests, administered Narcan (Naloxone) to save the lives of four individuals who were overdosing on drugs, and investigated 13 deaths, including a drug overdose.