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What’s In Your Trash Your trash, before sorting, is composed of traditional recyclables such as paper, plastics, metals and glass, organic waste and other residual wastes. Much of what is in your trash could be diverted from the landfill through traditional recycling and composting (organics recycling). In 2013, State College Borough will begin collecting organic waste curbside from individual households borough-wide. Why is the Borough expanding its organics recycling program?

• In Pennsylvania, the top four most prevalent materials disposed are actually compostable and account for 35% of the waste stream. • By collecting yard waste and initiating our pilot program, the percentage of organic waste recycled has increased by 20% in the last four years. This program will provide refuse customers the opportunity to reduce the amount of trash headed to the landfill...


Step 1: Sort Identify compostable materials to place in the kitchen pail and organics cart. Almost anything organic can be placed in the organics recycling bin including food scraps, soiled paper, yard waste, wood ash and sawdust. However, do not place pet waste, compostable plastic cups or silverware, tree limbs over 2� thick, large amounts of sod or soil, construction materials, noncompostable plastic bags or coal ash in the organics recycling bin.


Trommel screen

Bagging machine

Finished bag compost


From Trash to Treasure

Profile for BoroughofStateCollege

From Trash to Treasure  

Flipbook describing the Borough's composting program

From Trash to Treasure  

Flipbook describing the Borough's composting program

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