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Changes to electronics and paper recycling in Centre County

It is not often that we make big changes in our recycling program, but when we do, we try to get the word out to our residents. We have recently made some changes to our Electronics Recycling Program and the way paper is recycled curbside. Details about both of these changes are explained below.

Electronics Recycling Program

In the past, we have taken “anything with a plug” for recycling. This is no longer true. Due to circumstances beyond our control, our updated Electronics Recycling Program changes are listed below.

Items we will continue to accept, free of charge, from residents are: all computer monitors; all sizes and types of televisions; keyboards; desktop printers and scanners; CD/DVD and VCR players/recorders; computers/laptops/tablets/notebooks; computer peripherals and external devices; video game consoles/controllers; battery backup systems; cellphones; calculators; cords and cables (including chargers).

Items that we will no longer take for recycling are: copy machines; non-cellular telephones; digital camcorders and cameras; stereo equipment (receivers, amplifiers, car stereos, boom boxes); CDs and DVDs; floppy disks; magnetic tape; VHS, cassette and reel to reel tapes; cable boxes; shredders; large speakers; fax machines; vacuum cleaners; hair dryers and curling irons.

Additional information can be found at or by calling our office at 238-7005.

Curbside recycling of paper

For the past 25 years, we have asked residents to separate newspaper in their curbside bins so we could shred and bale it for local farmers to use as animal bedding. In 2017, we decided to end that program. Since we no longer need to have newspaper separate when it arrives at our facility, residents no longer have to bag it separate from all other paper.

All of the paper recycled curbside may be bagged or bundled together and placed in your curbside bin. This includes newspaper, mixed office paper, phone books, junk mail, brown grocery bags, shredded paper, magazines, catalogs and all paperboard products (tissue boxes, cereal boxes, etc.).

As a reminder, all paper must be bagged or bundled in curbside bins or it will not be collected. Bagging and/or bundling all paper together helps our collection process to flow smoothly and prevents litter in our neighborhoods. We hope this change is one you will appreciate.

Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

Our annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event will be held 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 28 and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. April 29.Centre County residents may bring HHW items such as oil-based paints, insecticides, toxic chemicals, cleaners, CFL bulbs, fluorescent tubes, flammables, etc., to the Recycling & Refuse Authority located at 253 Transfer Road (near the Nittany Mall), for proper recycling and disposal.

Do not bring latex paint, used motor oil, antifreeze, medications or alkaline batteries to the event. Contact the Recycling & Refuse Authority for questions regarding the collection event.

Thanks for recycling!

Amy Schirf is education coordinator for the Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority. Contact her at aschirf@centrecounty