Tuesday, August 1, 2023

PA Resources Council Hosts Aug. 19 Household Chemical Collection Event In Boyce Park, Allegheny County

Pennsylvania Resources Council, in partnership with Allegheny County Health Department, will host a household chemical collection event on August 19 to provide Pennsylvania residents with an opportunity to safely and cost effectively dispose of common chemicals such as cleaners, paints, batteries, motor oil and pesticides.  

This PRC household chemical collection will take place on Saturday, August 19, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Boyce Park Ski Lodge parking lot.

Participants must register in advance at the PRC Collection Events webpage or by calling 412-488-7490. 

“PRC provides residents with numerous options for recycling materials not accepted in curbside pickup, and since 2003 we’ve facilitated the safe management of more than six million pounds of household chemicals,” according to PRC Executive Director Darren Spielman.  “It’s important to manage these materials the right way because many contain toxic elements that can leach into our waterways or introduce dangerous toxins into our environment.”

A $20 fee will cover the cost of disposing of up to 10 gallons/50 pounds of aerosol cans, automotive fluids, chemistry sets, electronic cigarettes, gasoline and kerosene, household cleaners, mercury thermometers, paint products, pesticides/garden chemicals, photo chemicals and pool chemicals.  

Loads exceeding 10 gallons/50 pounds will be subject to additional fees at discretion of on-site staff.  Participants will also pay $12 per fire extinguisher and $15 per pound of liquid mercury.

When preparing to attend this event, participants should pack all materials in their car trunks or truck beds and then stay in their vehicles while the contractor unloads the materials.  

The certified contractor will process the hazardous wastes for proper disposal.

Upcoming Collection Events

This Allegheny County collection is the sixth of eight events held in 2023. Remaining PRC household chemical collections will take place September 9 in South Park, Allegheny County; and October 14 in Beaver County.

The 2022 PRC household chemical collection campaign is sponsored by Allegheny County Health Department, Allegheny County Parks Department, Beaver County Commissioners, Cambria County Solid Waste Authority, Fayette County Commissioners, Fayette County Conservation District, Washington County Planning Commission, Colcom Foundation, LANXESS, PA Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania American Water, PPG and Pittsburgh Penguins, Styropek, UPMC, Concurrent Technologies Corporation, Fayette County Recycling Convenience Center, PPG Paints Arena, Washington Wild Things, Washington County Family Entertainment, and 100.1 FM and AM 1020 KDKA.

For more information, visit PRC’s Collection Events webpage or call PRC at 412-488-7490.

For more information on programs, initiatives and special events, visit the PA Resources Council website.  Click Here to sign up for regular updates, follow PRC on Twitter or Like them on FacebookClick Here for PRC’s Events Calendar.  Click Here to support their work.

PRC is Pennsylvania’s oldest grassroots environmental organization founded in 1939.  PRC has worked to protect resources for future generations through environmental education, recycling, waste diversion programs, anti-litter campaigns, watershed and other initiatives. 

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[Posted: August 1, 2023]  PA Environment Digest

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