Recycling | ‘Do-it-yourselfers’ have great recycling options

July 6, 2013 

It’s that time of the year to get to all of those projects you have been putting off all winter.

The nice weather has finally arrived, and if you are planning on doing some remodeling or work around the house or business, please keep in mind the following recycling options that are available for you.

Vinyl siding

The Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority now accepts post-consumer vinyl siding at the Transfer Station at a discounted rate of $20 per ton. To qualify for this reduced rate, the acceptable load should include only the following: vinyl siding, corner posts and J-channel.

We cannot accept a load of vinyl siding at the reduced rate if it includes any of the following: vinyl shutters, vinyl with insulation attached, organics, paper, wood, plastic, metal or glass. Loads containing any of these items will be charged the normal municipal solid waste tipping fee of $67 per ton. Please let the scale operator know if you have an acceptable load of vinyl that would qualify for the reduced rate.

Roofing shingles

Roofing shingles can be dropped off at the Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority’s Transfer Station at a discounted rate of $35/ton. To qualify for this reduced rate, an acceptable load should include only shingles, nails and tar paper.

Unacceptable items include any organics, such as Kraft paper, wood, leaves, grass, tree limbs, or flashing, coffee cups, cans or bottles. Loads containing these unacceptable items will be charged the normal tipping fee of $67 per ton. Please let the scale operator know whether you have an acceptable load of shingles that qualifies for the reduced rate.

Corrugated cardboard

It seems like just about everything these days comes in a corrugated cardboard box. There are a few ways to recycle your corrugated cardboard.

For curbside recycling customers, corrugated cardboard boxes should be flattened and set next to your curbside recycling bin. We cannot accept waxy, oily, wet or unflattened corrugated cardboard.

If you do not have curbside service or have an extraordinary amount of cardboard, we have many recycling drop-off locations across the county for your corrugated cardboard. A complete list can be obtained by visiting our website at www.centrecountyrecycles.org.

ReStore

Have you heard of ReStore? If you are getting ready for a remodeling project, this is a must-see place.

ReStore is a project of the Greater Centre County Habitat for Humanity located at 1155 Zion Road in Bellefonte (use Exit 83 off Interstate 99). If you are looking for building materials, stop in and see what ReStore has to offer.

Are you looking for a place to donate items from your home projects? ReStore accepts doors, windows, cabinets, lumber, roofing, flooring, plumbing, architectural fixtures, electric appliances, countertops, home decor, paint, hardware, lighting fixtures and tools.

Your trash can be someone else’s treasure.

The ReStore hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ReStore asks that you arrive prior to 3 p.m. to make donations. Contact ReStore at office@habitatgcc.org or 353-2390.

Happy remodeling!

Amy Schirf is education coordinator for the Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority. For more recycling news, email amyschirf@uplink.net.

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