The CCIR will mark its 50th anniversary by offering gift cards to 50 residents

The Center County Recycling and Refuse Authority (CCRRA) celebrates its 50th anniversary this month. To commemorate this milestone, we’re randomly giving away $50 gift cards to 50 residents who pulled out perfect curbside recycling bins on their recycling day this month.

How it works

Throughout the month of May, CCIR’s Curbside Recycling Team will be collecting the addresses of residents who have taken out perfect curbside bins. A perfect bin is one in which all items are prepared correctly, as outlined in our Curbside Recycling Guide:

Once all addresses have been collected, staff will randomly select 50 addresses from the “May Perfect Bin List”. Each winner will then receive a postcard in the mail detailing how they can claim their $50 gift card. Yes, we donate $50 just for recycling, right!

How to Prepare the Perfect Curbside Recycling Bin

It’s easy! Bag or bundle of mixed papers, boxes, newspapers and magazines. Flatten all the corrugated cardboard and place it in, next to, or under your bin. Place only plastic bottles, jugs or jars in the bin. Include only clear, green, blue and brown glass bottles, jugs and jars in the bin. Also recycle steel and metal cans and rinse all plastic, glass and metal before placing them in your bin.

Big sponsor thank you

This contest would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. Gift cards for this contest were donated by the Central Region Council of Governments Recycling and Waste Management Program, Fred Carson Disposal Service, Inc., WM, Clean Energy and CCIR.

A bit about CCIR

I wanted to end this column on a personal note. I have been with the Authority for more than 15 years. I work with the most extraordinary staff led by a very wise, knowledgeable and caring Board of Directors. CCIR has accomplished so much over the past 50 years and I am proud to be a part of it.

We currently process around 100,000 tonnes of waste and 14,000 tonnes of recycling per year. We host an annual household hazardous waste collection event, administer a green business partnership program, clean up illegal dumps, answer thousands of calls from residents each year, collect electronics, scrap metal, tires, trash wood (and more) for recycling, house a CNG refueling station and electric vehicle charging station, provide training for our staff, run tours for our students and community, maintain our vehicles and our heavy equipment in perfect condition, and much more. We have employees who have been with us for over 30 years, so we have to do something right.

Happy 50th birthday to you, CCIR! I can’t wait to see what the next 50 years have in store for us.

As always, thanks for reading and thanks for recycling!

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

Michael N. Clark