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Have a fun summer, but don't forget to recycle

Fairgoers look for something to eat after the parade at the 2017 Centre County Grange Encampment and Fair. There will be more opportunities for recycling at this year's fair.
Fairgoers look for something to eat after the parade at the 2017 Centre County Grange Encampment and Fair. There will be more opportunities for recycling at this year's fair. Centre Daily Times, file

Summer is just about here, and I’ve compiled a list of summer events and recycling updates just for my readers. Participate and enjoy!

Recycling informational booth at The Arboretum at Penn State

If you happen to be at the Arboretum this summer, you may run into Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority staff at the Recycling Information Booth. We will be on hand in the Children’s Garden from 10 a.m.-noon on June 19, June 26, July 3, July 10, Aug. 7, Aug. 14 and Aug. 21. If you see us, stop by and say hi!

Recycling at Welch & Park Forest pools

Did you know that Welch and Park Forest community pools have an organics collection program on-site? If you visit the pools this summer, don’t trash your food. Look for the organics recycling containers for your food scraps and pizza boxes.

Central Pa. 4th Fest

The Central Pa. 4th Fest in State College is a fun event for everyone, where food and drinks are plentiful. Both Penn State University and the 4th Fest committee will have recycling bins set out around the 4th Fest grounds. Look for the blue recycling bins labeled for plastic bottles and metal cans. There is no need to toss those recyclables in a trash can when there is a recycling bin close by.

Fest Zero

If you have visited the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts in the past, you may have noticed the recycling bins in place for plastic bottles and metal cans. For the past few years, the local community group known as “Fest Zero” has worked with State College Borough and the CCRRA to really ramp up recycling efforts at Arts Fest, increasing recycling volumes throughout the grounds at the festival.

Arts Fest 2018 will feature recycling bins for plastic bottles and metal cans located next to each trash can. In addition, there will be many locations to recycle lemonade cups, and compost bins to collect organic waste. Fest Zero has been working with our local food vendors to offer compostable food ware that can be collected with other organics.

If you attend Arts Fest this year, be sure to recycle and compost anything and everything you can to help Fest Zero, the borough and CCRRA move Arts Fest toward a zero waste event.

Grange Fair

The CCRRA has been working with the Grange Fair Committee to provide recycling options for fairgoers. This year, authority employees will place even more recycling bins for plastic bottles and metal cans throughout the midway and in between the tent and RV rows to make recycling at the fair convenient for all. While at the fair, be sure to look for recycling bins and please use them.

Compost now available at CCRRA

Still need to put that finishing touch on your garden or mulch your perennials? You can now buy State College Borough Compost at our facility located at 253 Transfer Road, Bellefonte. The cost is $6 per 40-pound bag and we will even load the bags in your vehicle. All proceeds benefit the authority’s Education Endowment Fund.

Happy summer and thanks for recycling!

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