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Bucks County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event in Warrington June 23

June 15, 2018

Do you have hazardous waste in your shed, garage or cabinets that can no longer be used, such as pesticides, cleaning agents, pool chemicals, gasoline, and oil-based paint?  Bucks County provides a place for you to handle them safely and responsibly.  The third of five Household Hazardous Waste events will be held Saturday, June 23 at Central Bucks South High School, 1100 Folly Road, Warrington, from 9 am-3pm, rain or shine.  The Bucks County Commissioners and the Planning Commission sponsor these events.

The program is for residents only; no material will be accepted from businesses, industry or institutions. No electronics or latex paint (wall paint) will be accepted at these events.

 Acceptable items include pesticides, oil-based paint and paint products, automotive products (gasoline, motor oil, antifreeze), pool chemicals, degreasers and cleaners, mercury thermostats, fluorescent tubes, fire extinguishers,  mini propane tanks of 2 pounds or less, lead-acid batteries (car, marine, motorcycle and truck), and rechargeable, lithium or button-type household batteries. There is a maximum of 25 gallons or 220 pounds of acceptable materials per household.

Unacceptable items include, but are not limited to: TVs/electronics, appliances, asbestos, medical waste, explosives, radioactive and unidentified waste, large gas cylinders, tires, and smoke detectors. Latex, water-based (wall) paint and alkaline batteries also will NOT be accepted, as they can safely be put in regular garbage collection.

Guidelines for safely transporting household hazardous waste to the collection sites include:

  • Keep all products in their original containers with labels intact, and lids on tight.
  • Place materials securely in a box, to prevent spilling.
  • 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.

Last year, the five events in Bucks County drew 4,200 participants, and roughly 215,000 pounds of hazardous waste were collected safely.

This is a regional program as the counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia collaborate to make it more convenient for residents in southeastern Pennsylvania. Therefore, the residents of Bucks County are welcome to take their household hazardous waste to one of the neighboring county collection events if that date or location is more convenient.  Other Bucks events will be held July 7 in Quakertown, and August 25 in Bristol Township. For a complete list of items, as well as all event dates and locations in the southeast area, go to www.buckscounty.org/recycling.