More than a thousand households brought hazardous materials for recycling

Date: April 30, 2017

The number of Centre County residents who brought hazardous chemicals for collection on Friday and Saturday, 
April 28 and 29, was greater than last year, and in an apparent show of thanks for protecting their environment, three bald eagles flew overhead during Friday's event.

Residents from 1,066 households — in 32 of the county's 35 municipalities — participated in Centre County’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program this weekend at the Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority (CCRRA). Dozens of people from five surrounding counties and as far away as Snyder County also participated. In all, 1,014 vehicles brought hazardous chemicals, collecting more than 64,000 pounds of material during the two-day event.

In addition to the pesticides and other household hazardous waste, those working the event accepted nearly four miles of linear feet of fluorescent tubes for recycling.

In addition to CCRRA employees, volunteers from Penn State Environmental Health and Safety and State College Area High School were on-site to assist in checking vehicles.       

The event was jointly sponsored by Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. MXI of Langhorne, PA was the successful contractor.

“Centre County residents showed up in force and really showed their environmental caring,” said Joanne Shafer, Centre County’s Deputy Executive Director/Recycling Coordinator.

“I think that folks are really more aware of their environment and they want to protect the beauty of our county," she added. "Clean air and water are key to the economy of our area. Many county residents were aware of their carbon footprint and combined trips and helped neighbors.”  

Collection and disposal costs of all 64,000 pounds will be split among the Household Hazardous Waste Fund, DEP, and CHEMSWEEP.  The collection also benefitted the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. Participating residents filled six barrels with donated food.

If you missed this collection, the next annual event will take place in spring 2018. In the meantime, residents may visit the Household Hazardous Waste section at