Preparing for Your Visit

Whether you’re coming to Shaver’s Creek for a school program, team-building retreat, public program, seasonal festival, or just to spend a day in the outdoors, you can minimize the waste you produce here with a bit of planning and a willingness to participate. You can help us achieve our goal of becoming a Zero Waste facility by following these three simple steps:

Step 1 — Prevent/Reduce Waste

The best thing to do to minimize waste is to prevent it in the first place. We suggest that you:

  • use a reusable lunch box and containers for storing your food
  • use a thermos or reusable water bottle (water fountains available for refilling)
  • use reusable utensils and cloth napkins
  • avoid disposable containers
  • bring only what you need

Step 2 — Recycle and Compost

Visitors are welcome to recycle small amounts of the following in our Discovery Room:

  • aluminum and steel cans
  • plastic bottles
  • hard plastics (even yogurt cups)
  • polystyrene (styrofoam)
  • plastic (malleable) film
  • compost

All materials must be rinsed and/or free of organic material. Shaver’s Creek is NOT a drop-off site for home recyclables.

We can compost all organic material, including food scraps (including meat, bones, and dairy), gum, plant-based utensils, wood (nonpressure treated), and paper products (including napkins, paper towels, and pizza boxes). Thanks to Penn State’s large-scale composting facility, we are able to compost organic materials that a home composting system may not be able to process, including all sorts of complex organic material.

Step 3 — Pack It In, Pack It Out

If you cannot recycle or compost an item at our facility, we ask that you please dispose of it at home, as we have no dumpsters or trash cans on-site.

A short list of things that must be packed out with you at Shaver’s Creek:

  • disposable diapers
  • duct tape
  • composite “Frankeinstein” materials that bind paper, plastic, and/or foil (i.e., hot cocoa containers, most coffee bags)

If you have any questions, please call 814-863-2000 or ask a staff member when you’re here. Your participation is greatly appreciated!

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