Household Chemical Collection Events

 

Since 2003, Pennsylvania Resources Council has hosted Household Chemical Collection Events in Southwestern Pennsylvania. The program is made possible with the support of many partners and volunteers. The events have directly resulted in the safe management of nearly 5,000,000 lbs of household chemicals.

The events are restricted to household quantities of Household Chemicals. If you have materials generated by a business or other commercial source, please contact us for assistance.

For events outside of Western Pennsylvania, please contact your County Recycling Coordinator. We also have information for County’s we partner with at our events.

2020 Events Schedule

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Please Note: All Household Chemical Collection events are held on Saturdays, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, rain or shine. Participant fee: $3.00 per gallon (a few exceptions apply), cash only.

  • May 2nd 2020
    Allegheny County #1
    North Park Swimming Pool parking lot
    S Ridge Dr, Allison Park, PA 15101
  • May 16th 2020
    Cambria County
    Concurrent Technologies Corporation ETF Facility
    Johnstown, PA 15904
  • June 27th 2020
    Washington County
    Wild Things Park,
    1 Washington Federal Way, Washington, PA 15301
  • August 15th 2020
    Allegheny County #2
    Boyce Park Four Seasons Ski Lodge parking lot
    (GPS address: 754 Center Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15239)
  • September 19th 2020
    Allegheny County #3
    South Park Wave Pool parking lot
    1 Wave Pool Complex
    Bethel Park, PA 15102
  • October 10th 2020
    Beaver County 

    Bradys Run Park Recycling Center

Disclaimer: All event dates and/or locations are subject to change. Check back frequently for the most up-to-date list of PRC collections events, hours, fees, and list of acceptable materials.

We realize that our program schedule will not meet everyone’s needs. We strive to make our events accessible to the greatest number of people in the region we serve. If you are unable to attend, consider approaching a friend, neighbor, or relative for assistance.

Accepted Materials & Associated Cost

Accepted Materials

We accept nearly every chemical product found in the bathroom, kitchen, basement, garage, garden shed, or workshop.

  • Aerosol cans
  • Automotive fluids (e.g., motor oil, transmission fluid, antifreeze, kerosene, brake fluid)
  • Batteries
  • Camp fuel/small propane bottles
  • Chemistry sets
  • Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs: bulbs only- we do not accept fluorescent tubes)
  • Gasoline and kerosene
  • Household cleaners (ammonia, drain openers, acid cleaners, oven cleaners), mercury thermometers/liquid mercury, paint products (latex, oil based, alkyd based, arts/crafts chemicals, rust preservatives, creosote, water sealers, paint thinners, furniture strippers)
  • Pesticides/garden (rodent killers, insecticides, weed killers, mothballs, fertilizer)
  • Photo chemicals
  • Pool chemicals

Please note that we cannot accept any of these items in leaky containers. 

Tip: To avoid spills and damage to your vehicle, never put leaky containers into your car. If possible, transfer materials to a new container. Preserve the label and place in a zippered plastic bag to keep with replacement container. If you can’t transfer the material, you can isolate the leaky item by placing it in a zippered plastic bag, plastic bucket, etc.

Materials NOT Accepted

  • Ammunition
  • Appliances
  • Commercial and industrial waste
  • Compressed gas cylinders (large grill/medical)
  • Explosives
  • Flares
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Leaking containers
  • Medical waste (including needles and sharps)
  • Prescription or non-prescription drugs
  • PCBs and dioxins
  • Radioactive materials
  • Tires

Associated Cost

The price for disposal of Household Chemical Waste is $3.00 per gallon (a few exceptions apply). It is cash only.

PRC strives to keep the cost of these services as affordable as possible. Fees charged to event participants cover less than 25% of the programs cost. The remaining costs are supported by the State of PA, County Government sponsors, and through grants from charitable foundations and contributors.

Volunteer Info

 

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As a Event Collection volunteer, you will:

  • Participate in a brief training session prior to the start of your event.
  • Perform tasks such as directing traffic, taking surveys, handing out educational materials, and much more. You will be engaged.
  • Volunteers can work full or half-day shifts:
    • Full-day shift: 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m
    • Morning shift: 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m
    • Afternoon shift: 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m

NOTE: VOLUNTEERS DO NOT HANDLE CHEMICAL PRODUCTS OR UNLOAD VEHICLES.

Volunteer Recognition
To show our appreciation, all volunteers at collection events will receive the following free of charge:

  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Disposal of Household Chemical Waste (up to 6 gallons), a $18.00 value
  • That warm fuzzy feeling that comes from helping a good cause

If you would like to volunteer at a Household Chemical Collection, please contact Sarah Shea at [email protected] or call (412) 488-7452.

How Do I Manage Household Chemical Waste?

cansThe best method of managing Household Chemical Waste is to prevent its generation in the first place. This involves selecting the least toxic item “to do the job” and buying the minimum amounts necessary, as well as pressuring producers to make less toxic alternatives. Buying large quantities of a chemical product can result in left overs.

If the material is still usable (e.g., undamaged, still within designated shelf life), check with friends and neighbors to see if they can use it. You can also check with community groups such as Habitat for Humanity to see if they can use the product.

To learn more, you can visit our Household Hazardous Waste Safe & Health Home Guide.

Partners

Partners By County

Allegheny County
Health Department

Recycling Coordinator
Joy Smallwood
412-578-8390

Recycling Website

achd.net/recycling

Armstrong County
Recycling Center

Recycling Coordinator
Jennifer Smith
724-543-2599

Recycling Website
co.armstrong.pa.us/recycling

Beaver County
Department of Waste Management

Director/Recycling Coordinator
Holly Vogt
724-770-2068

Recycling Website
beavercountypa.gov/Depts/WasteMgmt

Cambria County
Solid Waste Authority

Director/Recycling Coordinator
Kris Howdyshell
814-472-2109

Recycling Website
cambriarecycles.org

Washington County
Planning Commission

Land Use Planner/Recycling Coordinator
Jason Theakson
724-228-6811

Recycling Website
co.washington.pa.us/177/Recycling

Household Hazardous Waste Inquires

Household Hazardous Waste Inquires

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