Recycling: A look at local earth-friendly events coming up this spring

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It’s finally spring! You can celebrate this beautiful time of year by attending some local earth-friendly events. I have listed some spring events below — check them out and be sure to take advantage of as many as possible.

Banff Mountain Film Festival; March 24-25; The State Theatre

For the 20th year, Sierra Club Moshannon Group is bringing the spirit of outdoor adventure and conservation to State College. This year’s World Tour features the best films of the festival, showcasing amazing filmmakers and storytellers from around the world. They bring an exciting program to the screen, allowing everyone to experience inspiring stories that drive us to keep exploring and protecting our world outside. Visit for more info.

Watershed Clean Up Day; April 22; Various Locations; 8 a.m.-noon

2023 marks the 27th year for Clearwater Conservancy’s Watershed Cleanup Day! Since 1997, volunteers have prevented more than 6 million pounds of trash from entering our local waterways, and with your help, we’ll make a big difference this year too! Visit for event details and for information on how to volunteer.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event; April 28-April 29; Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority, 253 Transfer Road, College Township

Our HHW Collection Event will be held on April 28-29. Pre-registration is required. Visit for more information and to register. This is a free event. Acceptable items, from households only, include oil-based paints, insecticides, toxic chemicals, antifreeze, cleaners, CFL bulbs, fluorescent tubes, flammables and more.

Do not bring latex paint, motor oil, medications, explosives or batteries to the event. Contact the CCRRA at or 814-238-7005, for questions regarding the collection event.

Backyard Composting Workshops; May 10 & May 20; Millbrook Marsh

Learn how to turn your kitchen scraps and yard waste into black gold at an upcoming Backyard Composting Workshop! Join local composting experts on May 10 at 6 p.m. or May 20 at 11 a.m. to learn the basics of backyard composting: why it’s important to compost, what to add and not to add to a compost pile, how to maintain a compost pile, and how to use finished compost. You then go home with your own backyard composter. Pre-register at

AAUW Used Book Sale; May 13-16; Penn State Ag Arena

The AAUW State College Used Book Sale, one of the largest used book sales in the country, is a popular community event held annually in the spring since 1962. During the sale, thousands of visitors converge on Penn State’s Snider Agricultural Arena to browse and purchase up to quarter of a million books and other materials. Special sale features include children’s books, collectibles, puzzles and games, a half-price day, and a “bag day” with further discounts. Visit for important information regarding the sale.

If you have a spring event you would like us to promote, let me know and I can help you get the word out. Just send an email with the details to As always, thank you for recycling!

Amy Schirf is education coordinator for the Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority. Contact her at