Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority

253 Transfer Road | Bellefonte, PA 16823
Phone (814) 238-7005 | Fax (814) 238-3195 | Recycling (814) 238-6649

Backyard Composting

The Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority has a permanent collection site for old electronics. In 2010, Act 108 (the Covered Device Recycling Act) was passed making it illegal to dispose of certain electronic devices. Click below for more information on our electronics recycling program.  Please note, we have made some changes to our Electronics Recycling Program as of May 2017.

pdficon large Electronics Flyer - UPDATED 5/2017


 CCRRA contracts with eLoop, for electronic recycling services.




Paint is the most common household product that becomes household hazardous waste. Paint contains harmful substances that can be dangerous to our health and the environment if not used, stored, and disposed of properly.

Oil-based paint can be good for up to 15 years. Latex paint is usable if it is less than 10 years old and has not been repeatedly frozen and thawed. If the paint will mix when you stir it, it is probably usable.

The best way to dispose of paint is to use the paint. If you cannot use the paint, try giving it to someone who can:

  • Theater groups
  • Church groups
  • Shelters for people in need
  • Community organizations
  • ReStore (call for specifications) (814) 353-2390


Storage\Disposal of Liquid Paint

When storing paint, make sure lids are on tight. Label the top of each can with the color name and date purchased.

Do not pour paint down household drains. Many of the chemicals in paint will not be treated by sewage treatment systems or septic systems.

Do not throw liquid paint in the trash. There is always the possibility that the paint will be released from the can. Then the paint could be exposed to certain chemicals and cause spontaneous combustion.

Solidify first, then dispose of paint. Paint is hazardous in its liquid form. If only a small amount of paint is left, simply remove the lid (outside, with good ventilation) and let dry. Then the can may be put out for trash disposal or if recycling is available, the can may be recycled with metal cans. If you have more than which would dry, there are various ways to dispose of paint.

Please Note:  There is a difference between Latex Paint and Oil Based Paint. 

Latex Paint.                                                                                                                  

Latex paint, when dry, may be disposed of in your regular trash.  See ideas below to dry latex paint.

If you are simply overwhelmed with latex paint, the Recycling & Refuse Authority's Transfer Station is allowed to accept up to 5 gallons of latex paint per person per day.  There is a $15.00 minimum charge for this service.  Please note that the Recycling & Refuse Authority will not accept latex paint at our Household Hazardous Waste events. 

Oil Based Paint.                                                                                      

Oil based paint, when dry, may be disposed of in your regular trash.  See ideas below to dry oil based paint.                                                                                     

The Authority's Transfer Station will not accept oil based paint in liquid form.  If you are simply overwhelmed with oil based paint, the Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority holds a Household Hazardous Waste Collection each May.  The Authority accepts oil based paint at this event. 

Tips to dry paint:

  1. Get a sturdy cardboard box and fill with clay-based kitty litter, pour the paint onto the kitty litter and let dry. Then dispose of this dried mixture with your trash. 
  2. Some local hardware and paint stores carry a paint solidifier. Simply purchase, follow directions and when paint is dried, put out for trash collection.



Grass, leaves, and other wastes from lawns and backyard gardens account for an estimated 18% of the annual municipal waste stream. During the summer, grass can comprise up to 50% of municipal wastes. Leaf waste can account for as much as 60-80% in the fall. This massive, seasonal volume of yard wastes can use up valuable landfill space.  Burning yard wastes at home causes air pollution from carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide.  Also, because burning yard wastes can be a fire hazard as well as a nuisance to neighbors, certain communities have ordinances in place to prohibit burning.

Backyard Composting

The alternative is composting. Yard waste is composed of materials that, if left in their natural state, would form humus. Composting is an accelerated version of the natural decay process. Left to decay naturally, leaf waste can take approximately two years to form humus. With human intervention, making compost can take about one year or as little as 14 days.

Compost signYou can make a ton of compost at home in an area only 4' square. If you don't have a backyard, you can make smaller amounts of compost in plastic garbage bags. Backyard composting reduces the expense of buying fertilizers for gardens, landscaping and potted plants. And since many foods can be composted, including coffee grounds and eggshells, home composting can reduce food wastes as well as yard wastes.

Please come and visit the Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority's Backyard Compost Demonstration Site. We have on display different types of backyard composters.

If you would like instructions for building different types of composting bins, please check out our Plans for Building a Home Composting Bin.

For another great website on composting and how to compost, click here.

Grass Cycling

The Problems 

  • Grass clippings and other yard waste account for about 20% of the municipal solid waste deposited in landfills.  
  • Collection and transportation of this material is costly.  
  • Bagging grass clippings removes valuable soil nutrients otherwise provided by the decomposed grass blades. 
The Solutions 
  • Grass cycle! Simply leave the grass clippings on the lawn after mowing. This reduces the costs and labor involved in bagging and returns essential nutrients to the soil. Grass clippings contain quickly decomposing leaf tissue and therefore do not contribute to thatch!  
  • Control the growth rate (and have a healthier lawn) with proper fertilizing and watering.
The Methods 
  • Mowing Practices
    Mow weekly or bi-weekly during peak growing season, removin
    g no more than a third of leaf tissue. This will allow clippings to break down rapidly. Although standard mowers do a fine job, mulching mowers will chop the grass blades intofiner pieces for even quicker breakdown. Lawn mower manufacturers also offer mulching "kits" to turn your mower into a mulcher.  

    As anyone who takes care of their yard knows, delayed mowing during rainy periods causes over-grown turf. Those large clumps of grass, formed after mowing an over-grown turf, can be; spread out by re-mowing, removed and composted, or used as mulch.  

  • Fertilizing
    Grasscycling reduces the need for supplemental fertilizers. Apply needed fertilizer in small amounts only two or three times during a growing season (mid-late May and early-mid September are best). Too much fertilizer may cause a shallow root system to develop and weaken the lawn.  
  • WateringWater just enough to wet the entire root system. Too much water will eventually damage the roots and may cause disease. Frequent but light watering will also cause a shallow root system.


Anyone taking a hike through beautiful central Pennsylvania will likely see some ugly sites. Garbage, tires and a big eyesore, appliances. The Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority has adopted a policy that hopefully will reduce the amount of appliances illegally dumped. 

Appliances, or white goods, are accepted at the Transfer Station from any Centre County resident for no charge. These items include: 

  • Air Conditioners and dehumidifiers 
  • Clothes washing and drying machines 
  • Dish washers 
  • Furnaces and electrical heaters 
  • Water heaters 
  • Refrigerators and freezers 
  • Stoves and ovens 

The following materials are NOT acceptable: 

  • Sealed Units (Propane bottles) 
  • Medical lab & Hospital scrap machinery 
  • Gasoline & fuel tanks 
  • Drums, barrels, paint cans and tar buckets 
  • Pipe or boilers wrapped in insulation 
  • Televisions  (click here for info on what to do with TV's)
  • Lighting Fixtures 
  • Batteries 
  • Any scrap material containing hazardous waste material


Centre County has recycling drop off locations for residents to use for recycling various materials. These drop-offs are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Most locations are equipped with compartmentalized containers handling six categories of materials.

Click here for list of what can be recycled at the drop off locations as well as a Guide to Drop Off RecyclingClick here for a map of drop off locations and here for a list of addresses.

Click here for information on our miscellaneous plastics drop off recycling program.

Click here for a list of corrugated cardboard drop off recycling sites in State College Borough.

Click here for a list of corrugated cardboard drop off recycling sites in Bellefonte & Penns Valley.


Drop Off Bins









Preparing Recyclables

Just like any recycling effort, it is essential that these materials be truly recyclable, correctly prepared, and properly separated.

  • Make sure it's recyclable.
  • Place in the proper compartment.
  • No plastic bags, please!



Hours of Operation

Transfer Station
Monday - Saturday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm