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Hazardous Waste Collection Nets Tons of Unwanted Chemicals

by on May 04, 2015 11:35 AM

As we begin a new week, there's noticeably less hazardous material floating around the State College area -- 28 tons less to be exact.

That's how much was taken in during the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program that was held Friday and Saturday.

The Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority, which oversees the collection, says 1,070 households dropped off an assortment of hazardous material, some 57,000 pounds of it.

Residents from nearly all of Centre County's 35 municipalities dropped off unwanted chemicals, including pesticides, weed killer, oil-based paint, solvents and more.

The CCRRA says more than one mile of linear feet of fluorescent tubes was accepted for recycling.

The event was co-sponsored by the Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. 

A hazardous material contractor from Virginia was brought in to oversee the operation. Much of the hazardous material will be recycled. Anything that can't be recycled will be incinerated at a waste disposal facility in Arkansas.

Joanne Shafer, the CCRRA's executive director and recycling coordinator, says there was a big increase in the number of people taking advantage of the collection compared to recent years.

“Centre County residents showed up in force and really showed their environmental caring, Shafer says in a news release. "I think that folks are really more 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.”

If you missed this year's collection, another is being planned for next spring. For more information you can contact the CCRRA at (814) 238-7005 or visit its website HERE.

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