The PA Resources Council will hold the first of 6 Household Chemical Collection events in Western PA on May 7 at the swimming pool area of North Park in Allegheny County.
Other events will be held—
-- May 21 – Cambria County: Concurrent Technologies Corporation;
-- July 9 – Washington County: Washington County Fairgrounds;
-- August 13 – Allegheny County: Boyce Park;
-- September 17 – Allegheny County: South Park; and
-- October 8 – Beaver County: Bradys Run Park.
Household chemicals include items such as cleaners, paints, stains and varnishes, batteries, motor oil, pesticides and other products containing potentially hazardous chemicals.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, an average home can easily accumulate 100 pounds of these products.
The cost to safely dispose of materials at all collections will be $3/gallon, cash only.
Since 2003, event organizers have collected and safely disposed of more than 4.5 million pounds of chemicals from 45,000+ households during 80+ drive-thru collections held in nine counties.
A certified contractor processes the hazardous wastes for proper disposal, and materials may be recycled, incinerated or safely buried in special landfills.
The 2016 household chemical collection campaign is a project of the PA Resources Council in conjunction with Allegheny County Health Department, Allegheny County Parks Department, Beaver County Commissioners, Cambria County Solid Waste Authority, Washington County, AAA East Central, Colcom Foundation, LANXESS, NOVA Chemicals, PA American Water, Department of Environmental Protection, PPG Paints, UPMC, Concurrent Technologies Corporation and NewsRadio 1020 KDKA.
For information and a complete list of items accepted, visit PRC’s Household Chemical Collection Events webpage or call 412-488-7452.For more information on household chemical collection events in other areas of Pennsylvania or to set up your own event, visit DEP’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Programs webpage.