CCIR offers fall recycling reminders

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The Center County Recycling and Refuse Authority is offering a few recalls for the fall season.

Center Daily Times, file

Fall is a busy time in Happy Valley with school activities, football games and a few extra vacations. It can be hard to keep everything organized, so I’ve compiled trash and recycling reminders for the fall season.

COG’s Fall Bulk Waste Collection Week runs October 17-21

The Central Region Council of Governments Fall Large Waste Collection will take place October 17-21 for WM residential customers in the townships of Benner, College, Ferguson, Harris and Patton. Visit for new guidelines to ensure your items are collected.

Fall recycling center tours are back

Would you like to take a tour of the Center County Recycling and Refuse Authority? We offer free tours of our facilities to schools, groups, organizations and more. Join us as we walk through our facilities to find out where your trash and recycling goes once you leave your home. Can’t come to our facility in person? We also offer a virtual tour. To schedule an in-person or virtual CCIR tour, email or call 814-238-7005 and we’ll get it on the books.

Holiday Collection Calendar

Holidays can sometimes delay or alter the normal recycling and garbage collection day. We publish a quarterly newsletter and page 3 always lists changes to recycling and garbage collection. It wasn’t until 40,000 copies of the fall newsletter were printed and mailed out that we realized the holiday collection schedule for COG was incorrect. Over Christmas and New Years, there will be no change to collection day for COG residents, as our collection staff will be working their normal hours. This has been corrected for the winter newsletter which will be distributed later this year.

Win a $50 Weis Markets Gift Card

This fall, CCIR and Weis Markets are hosting a “Cleanest Tailgate Contest” at every Penn State home football game! For a chance to win, simply take a photo of your clean tailgate area after each Penn State home game and tag CCIR on one of our social pages (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram). We will choose a $50 Weis Market gift card winner after each home game. Your next chance to win is October 22!

Recycle inside and outside Beaver Stadium

We are working with Penn State to recycle as many items as possible from home football games, inside and outside the stadium. Inside the stadium there are recycling bins for empty bottles and cans. Outside the stadium, free blue bags are available for empty bottles and cans. The more bottles and cans we can save by going to landfill, the better. You can help by placing your recyclables in the correct bins/bags.

I wish you all a wonderful fall! As always, thanks for the recycling.

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