Recycling at the Big Blue Bins

The Cambria County Solid Waste Authority operates a network of Big Blue Bin drop-off recycling sites throughout Cambria County. Below is information about the sites, what to recycle, and other pertinent information.

How do we recycle?
New to the area? Just need a refresher course? Here's some tips on recycling properly.
  • Familiarize yourself with what can be recycled before you start collecting materials. This avoids frustrations at the bins and lost personal time.
  • Organize your recyclables before you leave home. To get in and out quickly, sort your materials so that they can go in the designated bins easier without running back and forth to each one.
  • Don't do it every day! Unless you accumulate a lot of material each day, wait until you have a manageable load before visiting the bins. This saves you gas money AND time.
  • Find a site near you that's convenient. If you're going to work, to visit family, or going shopping, chances are good there's a bin site along the way. Click here to see a map of all our sites.
  • Be courteous to others at the bins. If space is limited, please don't pull up next to the bins. Park in the parking lots as to not block others from recycling. If you're in a hurry, they might be, too!
  • Please be patient. Sometimes the bins can fill up faster than we can empty them. If a bin is full, do NOT leave material on the ground or on the bins. Either take it back home for another trip, or try again to push the material in the bin. The bins fill from the front first and there is often a large void in the back for more material.
  • If it doesn't go in the bin, don't bring it to the site. Non-recyclable materials are trash. We do not collect trash and can not handle it at the sites. If it's your own trash, please take it home or don't bring it. Leaving trash at the bins can result in fines! It is considered illegal dumping!
  • If you see a problem at the sites, be sure to contact us as soon as you can. We are always diligent about keeping the sites clean and safe for everyone to use, but some things do happen. To contact us, click here.
What is accepted at the bins?
The following materials are accepted at the Big Blue Bins. Materials not listed can NOT be recycled there.
  • Newspapers
    • All newspapers and glossy inserts
    • Put in bin loose. Do not bag or bundle.
  • Magazines
    • Magazines, catalogs and similar periodicals
    • Put in bin loose. Do not bag or bundle.
  • Corrugated Cardboard
    • Packing boxes and similar material
    • Flatten and put in bin loose. No food boxes.
  • Aluminum and Bi-metal Cans
    • Beverage cans, soup and other food cans
    • Empty and rinse cans. Put in bin loose.
  • #1 & #2 Plastic Bottles and Jugs
    • Soda, shampoo, detergent bottles; milk jugs and similar materials
    • Empty and rinse containers. Put in bin loose. No bags.
An Important Note about Other Items:
NO OTHER ITEMS are to be put in or left at the bins. Doing so constitutes illegal dumping and may be punishable by fines and/or imprisonment. Please bring only recyclable materials to the sites.


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