The recycling program in an area county is in for a big change. The man who’s led the organization for much of its existence is leaving.
When you think of recycling and composting in Blair County, you think of John Frederick. He’s been the executive director of the Intermunicipal Relations Committee for more than 16 years.
The IRC consists of Altoona, Hollidaysburg, and Logan Township which are mandated to recycle.
Janie Reilly regularly drops off her recyclables at the Duncansville Recycling Center. She pays $25 a year to the IRC for the privilege since she lives in the Puzzletown area.
“I just got into the habit of recycling. I think it’s a good idea to keep it out of the landfills, she explained.
Frederick hopes attitudes like Janie’s help keep alive facilities like the Duncansville center, and the curbside recycling required in Altoona, Hollidaysburg, and Logan Township.
“You always hope, I think, in a job like this that when you build a base on which to have later success, that that success follows you and continues to proper and I’m hoping that’s what will happen,” he said.
And he continued, “I do think we’ve made good progress and there’s a great many recycling bins out on collection day. There’s not bins out at every house, but I think we’ve made great inroads, but I don’t think we’re in recycling utopia by any stretch of the imagination and I think there’s still a great deal of work to be done.”
Recently the IRC announced plans to open a central recycling center in the city of Altoona.
Frederick is optimistic that will happen because the state has given some indications that the funding will be approved.
Frederick is leaving the IRC on April 11. He says he believes the organization will hire someone to replace him, but we’ll have to wait and see what happens in the next few weeks.