Time to safely discard household hazardous waste

First Delaware County HHW collection set for April 1

The first of four Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Events, offered by the Delaware County Solid Waste Authority, will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at the Emergency Services Training Center, 1700 Calcon Hook Road, Sharon Hill (Darby Township).

Electronic items, latex paint, smoke detectors, and BBQ sized propane tanks WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED at this or any 2017 HHW Event.

Residents should take note that it is with regret that the Authority can no longer accept electronic waste such as TVs, computers or anything with a cord at these HHW Events due to a change in state law.

Residents who have electronic or E-Waste to dispose of should contact their municipality to see if they are hosting an e-waste event, permanent drop-off, or curbside collection.

Latex paint is NOT hazardous and will not be accepted at any HHW event. Latex paint just needs to have the lid removed and be dried out prior to placing out with your household trash. If you have a lot of paint, see www.co.delaware.pa.us/recycle and choose the topic: Proper Disposal for Latex Paint for detailed instructions.

The April 1 collection is the first of four 2017 Household Hazardous Waste events where Delaware County residents can safely dispose of toxic products from their homes.

Household hazardous waste products that will be collected can be found in the home in the bathroom, kitchen, living areas, garage, basement and utility room.

Items accepted include: Oil-based paints; sealers; thinners; turpentine; lawn & pool chemicals; 3 lb. (camp size) propane cylinders (20 lb. gas grill sized tanks can be taken to Hope Depot, Lowes or any propane supplier). Also accepted will be any items whose label contains the words DANGER TOXIC HAZARD.

All HHW Collection Events are held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the detailed locations. The second event will be held Saturday, May 6, at the Marple Transfer Station, 895 Sussex Blvd., Broomall; the third event will be Sunday, Sept. 17, at Penn State University Brandywine Campus, Route 352, Media (Middletown Township); and the final event is Saturday, Oct. 7 again at the Emergency Services Training Center, 1700 Calcon Hook Road, Sharon Hill (Darby Township).

"The four events offer an easy and convenient opportunity to dispose of hazardous items in a responsible manner," said County Council Chairman Mario J. Civera Jr., Council's liaison to the Solid Waste Authority.

Chairman Civera pointed out that county residents can take acceptable products to sites in the five-county area (Chester, Bucks, Montgomery Counties and the City of Philadelphia) as part of a coordinated Southeastern Regional Household Hazardous Waste Education, Collection and Management Program. There is no charge to residents to drop off the acceptable materials. Businesses will be turned away.

For information including driving directions and recycling options, visit www.co.delaware.pa.us/recycle or call the Delaware County Solid Waste Authority directly at 610-892-9627.