Safely Dispose of Products at Household Hazardous Waste Events

Posted: April 28, 2015

The safe disposal of chemical products is an important practice for both applicators and consumers.

The safe disposal of chemical products is an important practice for both applicators and consumers. For certified pesticide applicators, CHEMSWEEP and the Plastic Pesticide Container Recycling (PPCR) Program are available programs sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA).

Certified Pesticide Applicator Programs

CHEMSWEEP is designed for pesticide businesses, dealers, and applicators to safely dispose of unwanted pesticide products. The majority of Pennsylvania counties are now on a consistent 4-year rotation. The list of the upcoming 3 years can be found here. Please note the deadline to register for CHEMSWEEP is late February. A PDA Inspector and licensed disposal contractor visit each registered facility to collect the materials in summer or early fall. Previous blogs have highlighted the CHEMSWEEP Program, Changes in the CHEMSWEEP Program, and CHEMSWEEP: 2 Million Pounds Collected.

The PPCR Program provides pesticide applicators with designated sites in which plastic containers can be dropped off for recycling. Containers must be triple-rinsed. The collected plastic containers are then recycled and made into materials such as speed bumps and posts. Find more information on this program on the following web pages: PPCR Program, PPCR Partner Recycling Sites (click on the Download link), and Photo Guide.

Consumer Programs

Roadside sign for a Household Hazardous Collection site.

Roadside HHW Collection signs.

For consumers, the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Program is available from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. HHW enables individuals to bring unwanted chemicals and other products to collection sites where the items will be handled by an approved contractor for proper disposal. The table below lists HHW collection sites that partner with the PDA contractor for their event. Other HHW Collection Events and Permanent Collection Locations can be found at the HHW Collection Programs web page.

Some sites will have Master Gardeners handing out information to those who want to learn more.

We are grateful for Master Gardeners who volunteer at the HHW events to help distribute chemical safety information to those who want to know more.

HHW workers will unload your car of the (accepted) materials you do not want anymore.

At many HHW events, the contractor responsible for disposal will unload the materials directly from your vehicle.

The contractor will sort all the collected materials and transport them to the appropriate facilities for proper disposal.

The contractor will sort all the collected materials and transport them to the appropriate facilities for proper disposal.

Be sure to check if your county has an upcoming collection event or a site for which you can take unused and unwanted products! (See table below which is organized by county.) Each event and collection site has specific requirements on what materials can and cannot be accepted, as well as different collection times and costs. Safely disposing of chemicals and other unwanted products through HHW can make your home safer and help the environment. For chemical products that you are still using around your home and property, be sure to always read and follow the product label for proper application. Store products in appropriate locations out of reach of children and use Mr. Yuk stickers to indicate a potentially poisonous product.

County, Date, and Websites
Bedford County
September 26, 2015

Bedford County Fairgrounds
108 Telegraph Road
Bedford, PA
Berks County
October 24, 2015
Berks County Solid Waste Authority
and HHW flyer
First Energy Stadium
1900 Centre Ave
Reading, PA
Blair County
July 17-18, 2015
People's Natural Gas Field
1000 Park Ave
Altoona, PA
Bradford County
June 27, 2015
NTSWA HHW Recycling and HHW flyer
Northern Tier Solid Waste Authority (NTSWA)
Landfill #2, West Burlington Township
Burlington, PA
Centre County
May 1-2, 2015
Center County Recycling and Refuse Authority
and HHW Flyer
Centre Cty SWA Transfer Station Complex
253 Transfer Road
Bellefonte, PA
Clinton County
August 14-15, 2015
HHW Flyer
Recycling Facility
337 Mountain Road
McElhattan, PA
Cumberland County
August 22, 2015
2015 HHW Drop-off Event
Cumberland County Service Center
310 Allen Road
Carlisle, PA
Fulton County
September 26, 2015
Event Information and
What to Bring/What Not to Bring Information
Penn Village Shopping Center
McConnellsburg, PA
Huntingdon County
September 26, 2015
HHW Flyer
Huntingdon County Fairgrounds
10455 Fairgrounds Access Road
Huntingdon, PA
Northampton County
May 30, 2015 and October 10, 2015
HHW Flyer
Northampton Community College
Main Campus Parking Lot
3835 Green Pond Road
Bethlehem, PA
Westmoreland County
October 3, 2015
Westmoreland Cleanways HHW
Westmoreland County Community College
145 Pavilion Land, Parking Lot B
Youngwood, PA