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Celebrate recycling all summer long

Summer is here. I’ve compiled a list of summer events and recycling updates. Participate and enjoy!

Recycling & Vermicomposting Workshops at The Arboretum

Vermicomposting expert Mimi Cooper and I will be teaching recycling and vermicomposting workshops this summer at The Arboretum at Penn State. Dates and times will be announced soon. These workshops are free and will be held at the aboretum’s children’s garden.

Recycling at Welch & Park Forest Pools

Last year, the Welch and Park Forest community pools established a new organics collection program and recycled 2.93 tons of organics during the summer season. 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.

4th Fest

4th Fest in State College is a fun event for everyone where food and drinks are plentiful. Both Penn State 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 might 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 Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority to really ramp up recycling efforts at Arts Fest, increasing recycling volumes throughout the grounds.

This year, Arts Fest 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 add compostable foodware items as well.

If you attend Arts Fest, be sure to recycle and compost anything and everything you can to help Fest Zero, the borough and CCRRA move Arts Fest toward becoming 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. 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. For more recycling news or to request to receive facility updates, email aschirf@centrecounty