Starting March 30, 2020 all trash must be bagged in trash bags and those bags tied securely in order to be picked up for all curbside collection customers in Benner, College, Ferguson, Harris and Patton townships. .
As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise, we must take precautions to ensure the safety of those who provide essential services in our area, including those who collect our trash. The CDC has determined that it is possible for the virus to remain viable for hours on a variety of waste material. Therefore, starting March 30, all curbside residential customers in Benner, College, Ferguson, Harris and Patton townships must place their trash in bags in order to have it collected. Advanced Disposal will only pick up trash-grade, tied bags. Grocery bags containing trash will not be collected. All other trash will be left at the curb. This process is for the protection of the refuse employees as well as the residents by limiting the possibility of loose and wind-blown trash in order to reduce the spread of the virus. This does not apply to residences in State College Borough.
Centre County Announces Suspension of Curbside Recycling Collection in response to COVID-19
CENTRE COUNTY, PA – The Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority (CCRRA) is announcing the suspension of our curbside recycling collection program to help limit the local impact of COVID-19 and protect our workers. This suspension begins Monday, March 30, and will remain in place until further notice. All trash/refuse collection services will remain unchanged at this time.
The reason behind this change in service is due to the curbside recycling hand sorting of items in each curbside recycling bin and the many unknowns about how long the COVID-19 virus remains viable on surfaces. This service is being suspended to limit our workers’ potential exposure to the virus and to reduce chances of the spread of COVID-19.
Residents are advised to store their recyclable materials until service resumes. Please visit the drop off recycling page on CCRRA’s website at: https://www.centrecountyrecycles.org/dropoffrecycling
As we all deal with this public emergency, we are continuously balancing the most important health and wellbeing issues for our employees and the general public with the economic and business concerns in our community, and our commitment to providing public services to ensure the public health, safety and welfare.
While we understand that the suspension of the curbside recycling program will alter efforts to help the county reduce waste going to the landfill, we must implement every action practical to limit community spread and protect our workers from COVID-19. We appreciate the community’s understanding of these measures during this critical time.
For additional information on this, please call our office at 814-238-7005, or contact us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will be no garbage collection on:
News Year Day
There will be a 1-day delay in service for the week, with a Saturday collection for regular Friday customers.
BULK WASTE COLLECTION 2020 - for residential curbside customers week of MAY 18th on your normal garbage collection day and the week of October 12th: Advanced Disposal will collect old furniture, bedding, carpeting, appliances, and tires (some restrictions apply). Remember to have all items at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on your regular collection day. No loose piles of debris will be removed – they must be bagged or bundled in order to be collected. Due to truck restrictions, no metal or wood items in excess of 5 feet in length can be accepted. Residents are asked to consider donating usable items to local charities. Please remember that up to 3 smaller bulky items (under 40 pounds each) may be placed curbside for regular weekly collection; each bulk item counts as a bag. Look for additional information online: www.crcog.net/refuse.
Specific questions of what can and cannot be collected can be answered by contracting Advanced Disposal directly at 237-3717. Residents who miss the collection may arrange a special pick-up with Advanced Disposal for a fee. Please call 1(800)338-8971 for a special pick up.
IN ORDER TO AVOID HAVING ITEMS LEFT BEHIND, RESIDENTS SHOULD FOLLOW THESE IMPORTANT GUIDELINES:
*All items must be at the curb by 7:00 AM on regular trash pick-up day. Customers with door service must place bulk waste items at the CURB; bulk items will NOT be collected at the door.
Items must be properly prepared – see preparation notes below, LOOSE PILES WILL NOT BE COLLECTED.
*Appliances and tires are collected by a separate truck, please keep these items separate from other bulk wastes: refrigerators, freezers, stoves, ovens, dishwashers, washing machines, dryers, air conditioners and water heaters. There is a limit of 1 of each type of appliance per household. Duplicate appliances will NOT be removed.
*There is a limit of 6 tires (no greater than 20 inches in diameter; rims removed) per household. This is a change from years past when the limit was 10.
*It is recommended NOT to use cardboard boxes as containers, because they are not sturdy enough to lift if they are overfilled or if they get wet. Soggy or overfilled boxes and their contents will NOT be collected. Do NOT overfill collection containers – instead, distribute items into multiple containers.
*Keep in mind that there are only 2 workers per collection vehicle during this special collection week! Items that cannot safely be lifted by 2 workers WILL NOT BE COLLECTED.
There are some items that either cannot fit on the collection vehicle or will damage the collection vehicle, and will therefore NOT be collected. Examples of such items include, but are not limited to: hot tubs, furnaces, cast iron items, pianos, organs, trailer/boat hitches. Residents must make their own arrangements for disposal of such items.
PROPER ITEM PREPARATION:
ALL ITEMS THAT ARE ABLE TO BE CANNED/BAGGED MUST BE PLACED IN A BAG OR CAN, OR THEY WILL NOT BE COLLECTED. LOOSE PILES OF DEBRIS (AS WELL AS ANY ITEMS LOCATED UNDERNEATH LOOSE PILES OF DEBRIS) WILL NOT BE COLLECTED.
**Dumping of any of the above materials is illegal and is subject to fines from both the Township and the Centre County Solid Waste Authority. Please use this semi-annual service provided to expose of this waste properly.**
TIRES – must be removed from rims. CARPETING/PADDING – must be DRY, TIED, and CUT into 4 foot (max) lengths
APPLIANCES – doors must be removed GLASS PANES – must be heavily taped or sealed in a box
WOOD/OLD LUMBER – must be CUT to 4 foot (max) length and 12 inch (max) width, and MUST be tied in bundles or placed in a can. Loose piles
of wood & lumber (and anything underneath or mixed in with the pile) will NOT be collected.
YES The following items will be collected: furniture, bedding, appliances (see preparation information above), tires (see preparation information above), BUNDLED old lumber/homeowner-generated small project construction materials (see preparation information above), carpeting (see preparation information above), other oversized items too large to fit into a collection container.
NO The following items will NOT be collected: contractor-generated construction materials, leaves, grass, soil/dirt, concrete, bricks, stones, railroad ties, propane tanks, liquid paints and solvents, batteries, dead animals, unprepared glass panes, unbundled wood/lumber, piles of loose debris or construction materials, tires other than passenger car tires (racing, tractor, etc.), items too large or too heavy for 2 workers to lift, items not prepared as per the above guidelines. For alternative disposal options, please call 238-7005.
2020 Refuse/Recycling Contract
Through a competitive bidding process, the sixth contract for the residential refuse and recycling services was awarded to Advanced Disposal for a 5 year term, January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2024.
The COG continues to keep the monthly rate for the contracted Refuse and Recycling Program much lower than the average rate prior to the program’s inception; the current rate is about $.50 per month below the average 1991 rate for refuse service. Rates for 2020 are:
|LEVEL OF SERVICE||QUARTERLY (BILLING) TOTAL|
|Curbside Regular Service: 8 bags/week (33-gal bags)||$58.59|
|Curbside Low-Usage Service: 1 bag/week (33-gal bag)||$48.63|
|Regular + At the Door Service: 8 bags/week||$88.59|
- Service levels: Regular service is a limit of 8 bags or containers of refuse per week. Low Usage service is 1 bag or container of refuse per week. 1 bag or container is defined as 35 gallons and no more than 40 pounds. For the handful of customers who produce more than 8 bags every week, the cost will be negotiated with the contractor. If an additional amount of refuse is needed to be disposed of, please contact Advanced Disposal at (814) 237-3713.
Below is the ordinance that was adopted by the Board of Supervisors meeting to be held on December 7, 2009.
Prescription Drug Drop Off Sites: More sites have been added to properly dispose of unused prescription drugs. Please utilize these site in order to help protect our water supply.