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Recycling | Options abound for batteries, books, other materials

When someone has a question about recycling, they either call our office or send us an email. I’ve gathered some of the most recent recycling questions and answers to share with my wonderful readers.

Q: Where can I recycle my batteries — AAA through D Cell?

A: Alkaline batteries can be safely disposed of with normal household waste. Never dispose of batteries in a fire because they could explode. However, Battery Outlet, located at 1230 E. College Ave., State College, will accept alkaline batteries for recycling. Please drop batteries off during normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Q: Where can I recycle my rechargeable and lead acid batteries?

A: Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium Ion (Li-ion) and Small Sealed Lead (Pb) can be recycled. Drop-off locations include Staples, Best Buy and Lowe’s as well as other locations around the county. You may also bring your old rechargeable batteries to the CCRRA office for recycling. Lead Acid, (automotive, motorcycle, etc.) should be taken to any store that sells lead acid batteries. 

Q: Can I recycle my phone books?

A: Most definitely! Phone books may be recycled along with mixed paper in curbside recycling bins (please bag all paper). They may also be recycled in any CCRRA recycling drop-off container labeled for “mixed paper.” Many office buildings have mixed paper recycling and phone books may be recycled there as well.

Q: Why do I need to bag the paper in my curbside recycling bin?

A: It is safer and more efficient for our curbside recycling drivers to toss bags into the recycling trucks. Loose paper can blow out of curbside recycling bins as well as the recycling trucks on windy days causing litter. It is important that all paper recycled curbside be bagged. Plastic grocery bags or paper bags work best.

Q: Can lids be left on my plastic/glass bottles, jugs and jars for recycling?

A: Yes. Lids can be left on any plastic or glass bottle, jug or jar and recycled along with that item. Lids do not need to be removed to be recycled.

Q: Can I recycle my milk carton?

A: We are currently in talks with the Carton Council about the possibility of adding cartons to our recycling program. Stay tuned for the latest news.

Q: How can I receive the latest recycling updates in Centre County?

A: I send out monthly emails with the latest and greatest local recycling news and updates. To receive a monthly email and stay abreast of what is green in Centre County, just send me an email with a request to be added. You could also like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @CCRRA1.