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Revisiting recycling reminders

The Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority crews start collections at 7 a.m. each day.
The Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority crews start collections at 7 a.m. each day. Centre Daily Times, file

I was recently at a get together with a few friends and we started talking about recycling (shocking, I know). They were asking me questions that I thought were common knowledge. I quickly found out that I was mistaken and decided it was time to revisit some of my favorite “recycling reminders.”

Do not leave items outside of recycling drop-off containers

This has been happening a lot lately. A resident will go to recycle items at one of our many recycling drop-off containers and leave items sitting on the ground outside of the container. I will admit, sometimes the containers are full (we have such great recyclers here!) but many times they are not and items are still left outside the container on the ground. This causes others to do the same thing until there is a pile up of items surrounding the container. We really do try our best keep our containers empty so this won’t continue to happen.

Fluorescent tubes from households can be recycled in April

“Households” is the key word here. We accept long, fluorescent tubes for free (for recycling) every year during our annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection event. This year’s event will be held on Friday and Saturday, April 27-28. Additional information about this event can be found on our website,, or on our Facebook page. We cannot accept fluorescent tubes from businesses at our event, so other alternatives should be explored.

Paper should be bagged or bundled curbside

We really do try to make recycling easy, I swear. Plastic bottles, jugs and jars, metal cans and glass bottles can all be placed in curbside recycling bins with no sorting whatsoever. Paper, however, is a different story. All mixed paper, newspaper, paperboard, office paper, magazines, etc., should be bagged or bundled together and placed in your curbside recycling bin. Bagging/bundling paper prevents litter and helps to facilitate collection. Corrugated cardboard should be flattened and placed next to or under your recycling bin.

To ensure collection, make sure your recycling bin is out by 7 a.m.

Our crew starts each day at 7 a.m., and if your house is the first house on route, it will be picked up at 7 a.m. There are occasions because of road conditions or other issues that routes may be run differently, so please have your bins out at 7 a.m., regardless of where you think you may be on a collection route.

Recycling information is plentiful and available

If you are not sure about which items are recyclable in our program, we are here to help. My job is to help. We have flyers for residents and businesses; just ask. We recently launched our new website which is full of information and we also have Facebook and Twitter pages (follow us!). I also send out monthly emails with recycling information. I can add you to the list. Just send me an email at and let me know you would like to be added. And, you can always call us at 238-7005 or 800-605-6649.

As always, thanks for recycling!    

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