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Recycling: New year brings changes, improvements to county recycling program

Clean Energy has opened a Compressed Natural Gas fueling station at 100 Transfer Road in College Township.
Clean Energy has opened a Compressed Natural Gas fueling station at 100 Transfer Road in College Township. adrey@centredaily.com

It may just be a few weeks into 2016, but the Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority has had a busy start to the new year. Below are some updates and additions.

CNG fueling station now open

Clean Energy has opened a compressed natural gas fueling station at 100 Transfer Road in College Township. The fueling station is located on the south side of College Avenue, between the Nittany Mall and SCI Rockview. The price of CNG is $2.29 GGE. For more information on the CNG station, visit www.cleanenergyfuels.com or call 412-402-8830.

Howard Elementary School wins local school paper recycling competition

This past fall, 12 Centre County schools participated in GreenSylvania, a competition to see which school could recycle the most paper, per capita, from Oct. 19 to Nov. 13. Howard Elementary School came in first place, recycling 1,680 pounds of paper (19.5 pounds/student), and was awarded with a $300 check for its efforts.

Mountain Top Elementary School came in second place, recycling 1,420 pounds of paper (10.4 pounds/student), and Nittany Christian School finished in third place, recycling 1,015 pounds of paper (7.9 pounds/student). They were awarded $200 and $100 checks, respectively. Bellefonte Elementary School received honorable mention and $100 for recycling the most paper overall (2,590 pounds). Overall, our 12 schools recycled 10,240 pounds of paper during the monthlong contest. Great job to everyone who participated in the competition.

Spiral cans added to recycling program

Good news: We are now accepting “spiral cans” in our recycling program. Spiral cans have a thin cardboard body with a metal top and/or bottom. Examples of spiral cans include: coffee cans, lemonade cans, Pringles potato chip cans, peanut cans, etc. These cans may be placed in your curbside recycling bin or brought to any of our recycling drop-off locations and placed in the compartment labeled for “metal cans.”

New recycling building open

More good news: We have built an expansion onto our existing recycling building, which is located at our facility adjacent to the transfer station. After stopping at our Scale House, please follow the signs for Building E when dropping off electronics, tires and vinyl siding. These items will no longer be dropped off at the transfer station, but should be brought to the new building next to it. Electronics can be dropped off free of charge. There is a small fee for tires and vinyl siding. Our scale operator will help with any questions.

Stay tuned for future announcements as items will be added to our program later this year.

Tipping fee update

While our refuse tipping fee rate of $67/ton will remain the same in 2016, our minimum charge for refuse has increased from $10 to $15. Customers may now bring up to 440 pounds of refuse to our facility for the minimum fee of $15.

Roofing shingles

Roofing shingles are not being accepted as a recyclable material. Shingles can be brought to the transfer station for the fee of $67/ton.

Thanks for recycling.

Amy Schirf is education coordinator for the Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority. For more recycling news or to request to receive facility updates, email aschirf@centre countyrecycles org.

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