No matter what the weather, the refuse and recycling crews brave the elements to make sure our materials are picked up from the curb. However, there are a few simple things that you can do to help make it a little easier on the crews during the winter.
• Salt or shovel your driveway as well as the sidewalk in front of your home. Please try to shovel an opening from the sidewalk to the street that is wide enough for a wheelchair to pass. This serves two purposes: One, it allows for those who use a wheelchair safe passage onto and off sidewalks; two, it allows collection crews easy access to pull their toter onto the sidewalk for back-door-collection customers. Residents should not shovel or blow snow onto the street as this can create slippery conditions for collection crews and the traveling public.
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• Realize that bad weather can delay (or speed up) the time the crews can get to your residence. To ensure collection, have your trash and recycling out by 7 a.m. Customers who live on private lanes should be aware that they may not have their materials picked up unless roads are cleared of snow and ice.
Helping to keep sidewalks, driveways and private lanes clear of snow and ice can do a lot to help keep our workers safe this winter.
• Remember that winter weather can damage paper. Authority staff would like to remind curbside recycling customers to use paper or plastic bags to contain paper in their curbside bins. Newspaper should always be bagged separately from all other paper. All other mixed paper, including magazines, catalogs, office paper, shredded paper, junk mail, telephone books and pressed paperboard should be placed together in a bag. We know that recycling paper properly does take time on your part , but your effort is a huge help to our operation and to our staff.
• If you produce fireplace or woodstove ash, they should be stored in a covered metal container placed outside and away from your home and any other combustibles. To properly dispose of ashes, make sure they are cold to the touch and bagged before placing in a refuse container. If you are a resident of State College borough, cold wood ashes may be placed in your organics cart.
For more information on proper handling and disposal of ashes, visit the Frequently Asked Question section on our website, www.centrecountyrecycles.org.
The staff at the Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority appreciates the extra steps you take to make sure your recycling is prepared properly.