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Household Chemical Collection
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
July 12
Adamson Stadium parking area, Roadman Park

Members of the Washington County community can safely dispose of common household chemicals at a collection sponsored by the Pennsylvania Resources Council and hosted by Cal U.

Cost for disposal is $2 per gallon (cash only). A certified contractor will be on site to process the hazardous wastes collected for proper disposal. Materials may be recycled, incinerated or safely buried in special landfills.

Homeowners typically find hazardous products in five areas of their homes: the kitchen, bathroom, garage, workshop and garden.

These items WILL be accepted:
  • Aerosol cans
  • Automotive fluids (motor oil, transmission fluid, antifreeze, brake fluid)
  • Batteries
  • Chemistry sets
  • Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs)
  • Gasoline and kerosene
  • Household cleaners (ammonia, drain openers, acid cleaners, oven cleaners)
  • Mercury
  • Paint products (latex, oil based, alkyd based, arts/crafts chemicals,rust preservatives, creosote, water sealers, paint thinners, furniture strippers)
  • Pesticides and herbicides (rodent killers, insecticides, weed killers, mothballs, fertilizer)
  • Photo chemicals
  • Pool chemicals
These items will NOT be accepted:
  • Ammunition
  • Appliances
  • Bulk waste
  • Commercial and industrial waste compressed gas cylinders (including propane tanks)
  • Drugs and medications
  • Explosives
  • Flares
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Leaking containers
  • Medical waste (including needles)
  • PCBs and dioxin
  • Radioactive materials (including smoke detectors)
  • Tires

The event is the third of six collections that the Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) will hold in 2014 to collect common household chemical products known as “household hazardous waste.” According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, an average home can easily accumulate 100 pounds of these products.

Register to volunteer

Volunteers are needed to check trunks, fill out receipts, direct traffic and perform other general duties at the collection site. Training will be provided. Volunteers may work an all-day shift; from 7:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m. or a half-day (morning or afternoon) shift. To volunteer, send your name, phone number and e-mail address to Michael Stepaniak, environmental programs coordinator for the Pennsylvania Resources Council, or call or call 412-488-7452.

Project sponsors

The 2014 household chemical collection campaign is a project of the Pennsylvania Resources Council in conjunction with The Heinz Endowments, UPMC, Colcom Foundation, AAA East Central, PA American Water, LANXESS, PA Department of Environmental Protection, NOVA Chemicals, Allegheny County Health Department, Beaver County, Cambria County, Washington County and NewsRadio 1020 KDKA.

The July 12 collection event is sponsored by PRC and the Washington County Planning Commission in collaboration with The Mon Valley Progress Council, California University of Pennsylvania, Washington & Jefferson College, Rose Plastics, Guttman Oil, Charleroi Borough and City of Monongahela.

Learn more

For more information – and a complete list of items accepted – visit or call the Washington County Planning Commission at 724-228-6811 or PRC at 412-488-7452.