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Yes, Pennsylvania Act 101 mandates recycling for many communities including State College, College, Harris, Ferguson, Harris and Patton. All residents and businesses are required to recycle the following:
In addition to these items, the Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority will no longer accept covered devices (electronics) as refuse.
The Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority (CCRRA) is responsible for curbside recycling in State College. To contact CCRRA call (814) 238-7005 or visit the CCRRA office during regular operating hours, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The CCRRA’s transfer station is located behind the mall at 253 Transfer Road, Bellefonte, PA 16823.
Recycling drop-off bins are available 24/7.
The Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority provides red bins for residential recycling and blue bins for multifamily housing units and commercial recycling. Visit CCRRA's website to find out how to obtain a bin.
State College Borough provides bins for both trash and organics recycling. Each property is assigned two distinctive carts, one to be used for regular trash (black lid) and one for organic waste collection (green lid). Through a mailed survey, each residence had the opportunity to select the size cart to be used for each collection: 35-gallon (2-3 tall kitchen bags), 65-gallon (4-6 tall kitchen bags) and 95-gallon (7-9 tall kitchen bags). Contact the Public Works Department at (814) 234-7135 with any questions.
Curbside refuse and recycling collection occur on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Bulk and brush item collection begins on Monday of each week unless there is a holiday.
Routes are planned to allow early access to areas where parked cars will pose a problem for collection vehicles. Curbside collection of trash and recycling, including organics, occur on the same day. Check the map provided or call (814) 234-7135 to find out the day of your collection.
Yes, see the holiday refuse schedule for more information.
Holiday Refuse Schedule
Automated collection is a new collection method in State College, but is used across the Commonwealth and around the world. Each residence is provided a wheeled cart for refuse and a wheeled cart for organics. Carts are rolled to the street on collection day. The collection truck will lift and dump the container, replacing it at the curb. The operator almost never leaves the truck and controls the entire process from the driver’s seat.
Place your carts at the curb the night before collection day. Carts must be placed out for collection by 7 a.m. on your collection day. Retrieve your carts by the end of your collection day. Crews work 10-hour days; therefore, your carts may be collected late in the day. Please wait an appropriate amount of time before calling in a missed cart.
Yes, if you use the correct bags. For example, paper grocery bags are compostable. Compostable plastic bags are also available. Do not use “bio-degradable” bags, unless the product also says “compostable.” Even "bio-degradable" bags may breakdown into compounds that are undesirable in finished compost.
At-door service is offered for residual waste (garbage) for a fee unless you have a medical exemption. As with other recycling, organics must be taken to the curb. To request medical exempt status for at-door collect, please contact the Public Works Department at (814) 234-7135.
Bulk items are collected on a regular weekly schedule, except during holiday weeks. It is necessary to call in or complete the web form to request a bulk item collection. Call (814) 234-7135 to arrange for bulk pick up or select the "Submit a Service Request" button on the Borough's homepage to access the bulk item request form.
During the fall leaf collection season, leaves are collected at the curb every over week. During the spring leaf collection season, leaves are collected every week. During the winter and summer months, leaves can be deposited in the organics recycling bin for collection.
To view the current leaf collection schedule and find out how to prepare your leaves for collection, visit the Refuse and Recycling webpage. If you choose to opt out of the organics recycling program, leaves can be dropped off at Glenn O. Hawbaker Recycling Centre during the summer and winter.