Pennsylvania Resources Council in partnership with Allegheny County Health Department will host a household chemical collection event at the Boyce Park Ski Lodge parking lot in Plum on Saturday, Aug. 19, to provide residents with an opportunity to safely and cost effectively dispose of common chemicals such as cleaners, paints, batteries, motor oil and pesticides.
The collection will take place from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Participants must register in advance at www.prc.org/CollectionEvents 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 6 million pounds of household chemicals,” PRC Executive Director Darren Spielman explained in a news release. “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 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 the discretion of on-site staff, according to the news release. Participants will also pay $12 per fire extinguisher and $15 per pound of liquid mercury.
PRC officials said 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.
This Allegheny County collection is the sixth of eight events held in 2023. Remaining PRC household chemical collections will take place Sept. 9 in South Park and Oct. 14 at Brady’s Run Recycling Center, Brighton Township, 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 Corp., 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 www.prc.org/CollectionEvents or call PRC at 412-488-7490.