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Recycling and Sustainability: County Authorities

Blair County

The IRC of Blair County

The Intermunicipal Relations Committee (IRC) is a council of governments (COG) consisting of the City of AltoonaLogan TownshipTyrone Borough and Hollidaysburg Borough.  The IRC was initially established as the Intermunicipal Recycling Committee in 1990 to address the needs of the member municipalities related to recycling and composting required by Pennsylvania Act 101 of 1988.  The name was changed in 1997 to reflect a desire by the member municipalities to undertake other intermunicipal issues.

See website for news, special events - such as hazardous waste collection schedule - leaf & brush collections, list of facilities, etc.

See below for local news items about the IRC.

Recycling at Bedford County Conservation District

The Conservation District staff includes a Recycling Coordinator, a position partially funded by the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The Recycling Coordinator has an omnibus role, developing programs that fulfill Bedford County's obligations as approved in the Solid Waste Management Plan, conducting education programs, maintaining records for all recycled materials collected by municipal and volunteer programs, providing coordination and communication for the Solid Waste Authority (SWA) Drop-off Bin Program, and filing annual progress and performance reports to DEP.

During 2006, the Recycling Coordinator, along with other Conservation District staff, expanded recycling opportunities in Bedford County with the opening of the Conservation District's Clearville Recycling Center. Currently accepting more categories of recyclable materials than the SWA drop-off bin system, the BCCD Recycling Center continues to improve its service for county residents. Recently, the Conservation District initiated a paper recycling program with local schools.

Cambria County

Cambria County Solid Waste Authority

The Cambria County Solid Waste Authority, established in 1979 as an administrative arm of the County government, is responsible for implementing the County's Municipal Waste Management Plan. The County Commissioners authorized the organization of the Authority with the stated purpose of planning and regulating the storage, collection, transportation, processing and disposal of solid waste in Cambria County.

City of Johnstown Residential Recycling Guide

Indiana County

Indiana County Solid Waste Authority

The Indiana County Solid Waste Authority was created to help Indiana County and its municipalities comply with Pennsylvania Act 101 of 1988, the law that governs recycling in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  The Authority operates the Indiana County Recycling Center, conducts curbside recycling collections ins Indiana Borough & White Township, and provided othere recycling opportunities such as commercial and off-site collections, and programs for recycling yard wastes, appliances, electronics, and other special materials.

Somerset County Recycling

The Somerset County Recycling Program offers convenient, free public drop-off sites for selected recyclable materials at eight sites throughout Somerset County.  Drop-off sites are located in:


  • Berlin
  • Davidsville
  • Friedens
  • Hooversville
  • Meyersdale
  • Rockwood
  • Somerset
  • Ursina


Somerset Borough is the only mandated recycling community in Somerset County, and offers curbside collection of selected materials to Borough residents.  More information on their program can be found on the Somerset Borough website at:



Recycling in Pennsylvania

Statewide recycling in Pennsylvania began in 1988 with the Municipal Waste Planning Recycling and Waste Reduction Act (Act 101) that requires larger municipalities to recycle.

Today, more than 11.6 million residents at least 94 percent of the state's population have access to recycling. About 79 percent have convenient access to recycling through about 1,050 curb-side pickup programs. Since Pennsylvania is largely rural, 870 drop-off programs extend recycling to the greatest number of communities.

More information is available at Recycling in Pennsylvania.

Conservation Districts

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