Do you have a need to dispose of household hazardous waste and old electronics? Is it time to clean the shed and discard the pesticide you no longer use, or the chemicals for the pool you no longer have? What about the basement, where that old television you replaced with a flat screen is taking up space, as is the desktop you replaced with a tablet? Your waste hauler does not want hazardous waste mixed in with household trash and can no longer accept certain electronics. Therefore, you may have begun to wonder the proper way to dispose of this material.
Bucks County is pleased to partner with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program to bring at least 25 collection events to the region, including five in Bucks County. At the five collection events being held in Bucks County, old Computer Systems and any size TV's are also being accepted from residents.
All collection events are held rain or shine, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., unless otherwise stated. The dates in Bucks County are:
April 20, 2013
Truman High School-Bristol School District
3001 Green Lane, Bristol Township
June 1, 2013
Upper Bucks County Area Vo-Tech School
3115 Ridge Road - Bedminster Township
July 27, 2013
Central Bucks School District â?"South High School Campus
1100 Folly Road â?" Warrington Township
August 24, 2013
Bucks County Technical High School
610 Wistar Road - Bristol Township
September 14, 2013
Quakertown Area Community High School
600 Park Avenue - Quakertown Borough
This is a regional program as the counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia are working together to make recycling more convenient to residents in southeastern Pennsylvania. As a result, Bucks Countians are welcome to take their household hazardous waste or electronics to one of the neighboring county collection events if that date or location is more convenient. Please verify the details of the non-Bucks events; some may be only taking paints or only taking TVs.
The intent of the program is to provide an environmentally responsible way to dispose of hazardous materials and to provide residents with information on how to produce less hazardous waste in the future. For example: when purchasing products that may be hazardous, only buy enough material for the intended purpose, or be sure, as a DIY auto mechanic, that you regularly take your used motor oil to auto service centers that are willing to accept it.
Residents may bring up to 25 gallons or 225 pounds of material to the collection event. Acceptable materials include, in part: Pesticides - Chlordane, DDT, Malathion, and Sevin; Toxics -photographic chemicals, mercury, pool chemicals, weed killers, paint remover; Flammables -kerosene, gasoline, oil-based paints, paint thinner; Caustics - household lye, ammonia-based products, oven cleaner; Lead-acid batteries, household batteries (rechargeable, lithium or button-type only).
Do not bring: LATEX PAINT, appliances, biological waste, explosives, radioactive waste, or tires.
Guidelines for safely transporting household hazardous waste to the collection sites include:
- Place all materials securely in a box, to prevent spilling.
- Keep all products in their original containers with labels intact.
- Keep all caps and lids on tight.
- Wrap leaking containers in newspaper and place in a plastic container for transport.
- Do not mix materials.
- Do not leave loaded vehicle in a hot unventilated area for prolonged periods.
- Do not smoke near the chemicals.
The program is for residents only; no material will be accepted from businesses, industry or institutions.
There will also be an electronics only event in September to help residents dispose of electronic items that a new Pennsylvania law, the Covered Devices Recycling Act, has banned from normal disposal.
September 28, 2013 ONLY ELECTRONICS WILL BE ACCEPTED
Lower Makefield Corporate Center - South
770 Township Line Road - 2/10 mile south of Stony Hill Road
Lower Makefield Township
For more information, please go to www.buckscounty.org, and click on the Recycle in Bucks link under How Do I.