IRC to establish new dropoff

Committee seeks grant for fencing, gate, bins for self-service site

The organization that operates mandated curbside recycling programs in three Blair County municipalities has applied for a grant to create a protected, self-service recycling dropoff for residents of central Blair municipalities where no curbside programs are required.

The Intermunicipal Rela­tions Committee is asking for $20,000 from the Keep America Beautiful/Lowe’s Community Partners Grant Program for a keycard-access site at the committee’s Dun­cansville compost facility, which is manned only from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays.

The dropoff, which would serve residents without curbside service in municipalities other than Altoona, Logan Township, Hollidays­burg and Tyrone, would replace a dropoff center that Frankstown Township closed recently because of frequent rubbish contamination.

The money could pay for fencing, a gate, a keycard reader, cards and bins, according to committee Executive Director John Frederick and education and enforcement coordinator Katrina Pope.

It would be similar to dropoffs where membership is required in Morrisons Cove — one site on the 300 block of South Nicodemus Street in Martinsburg, sponsored by the borough and Huston and South Wood­bury Township, and one site at the Taylor Township municipal building, sponsored by the township and Roaring Spring Borough, according to Frederick.

The committee approved an interim agreement with a hauler who will pick up plastic and cardboard at the proposed new dropoff.

The board also approved the renewal of the IRC’s lease for the Duncansville compost site, which is on Dunnings Highway just south of Inlow’s Drive-In restaurant.

The current lease term of three years is on the verge of expiring, officials said.

It can be renewed five times, each time for three additional years.

The IRC is applying for the grant on behalf of Keep Blair Beautiful, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful.

The IRC, a council of governments, provides staffing for KBB, according to Pope.

Mirror Staff Writer William Kibler is at 949-7038.