Posted by: Mary Beth Mueller on May 10, 2022

In May, PRC in partnership with the Cambria County Solid Waste Authority will host a one-day household chemical collection event in Johnstown to provide Pennsylvania residents with an opportunity to safely and cost effectively dispose of common chemicals such as cleaners, paints, stains and varnishes, batteries, electronic cigarettes, motor oil and pesticides.

This PRC household chemical collection will take place on Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Concurrent Technologies Corporation’s Environmental Technology Facility parking lot at 128 Industrial Park Road in Richland Township . 

Participants must register in advance at or by calling 412-488-7490 x1.

“It’s important to divert household chemicals from landfills since many contain toxic elements that can leach into our waterways or introduce dangerous toxic materials into our environment,” according to PRC Executive Director Darren Spielman.  “This year marks PRC’s 20th season of hosting household chemical collection events, and we’re proud to report that we’ve facilitated the safe management of six million pounds of household chemicals collected at more than one hundred events.”

A $20 fee will cover the cost of disposing 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.

The Cambria County collection is the fourth of nine events held in 2022. Upcoming PRC household chemical collections will take place June 18 in Fayette County; June 25 in Washington County; August 20 in Boyce Park, Allegheny County; September 10 in South Park, Allegheny County; and October 8 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, 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.


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