More than 1,200 households brought hazardous materials for recycling

Date: April 30, 2018


Residents from 1,2,51 households — in 34 of the county's 35 municipalities — participated in Centre County’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program last weekend at the Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority (CCRRA). Dozens of people from six surrounding counties and as far away as Snyder County also participated. In all, 1,136 vehicles brought hazardous chemicals, collecting more than 76,000 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 fluorescent tubes for recycling.

In addition to CCRRA employees, volunteers from Penn State Environmental Health and Safety and Bellefonte Area Middle 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.

““Two immature bald eagles soared above the collection for a time on Saturday as if to nod their thanks," said Joanne Shafer, Centre County’s Deputy Executive Director/Recycling Coordinator. “I think that folks are really aware of their environment and they want to protect the beauty of our county.

"Clean air and water are key to the economy of our area," she added. "Many county residents were aware of their carbon footprint and combined trips and helped neighbors.”  

Collection and disposal costs of all 76,000 pounds will be split among the Household Hazardous Waste Fund, DEP, and CHEMSWEEP.  

If you missed this collection, the next annual event will take place in spring 2019. In the meantime, residents may visit the Household Hazardous Waste section at www.centrecountyrecycles.org