Time to safely discard household hazardous waste

First Delaware County HHW collection set for May 5

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. on Saturday, May 5, at the Emergency Services Training Center located at 1700 Calcon Hook Road in Sharon Hill.

Electronic items, latex paint, smoke detectors, and BBQ sized propane tanks will not be accepted at this or any 2018 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 considered hazardous and will not be accepted at any HHW event. Latex paint is any paint that can be cleaned up by using soap and water. If you need to dispose of paint, please visit www.co.delaware.pa.us/recycle for detailed instructions for the proper disposal for latex paint.

The May 5 collection is the first of four 2018 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. You can find a more complete list at www.co.delaware.pa.us/recycle/hhw.html.

“The four events offer an easy and convenient opportunity to dispose of hazardous items in a responsible manner,” said County Council Chairman John P. McBlain.

Chairman McBlain 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, however, 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.

All HHW Collection Events are held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine at the detailed locations.

Saturday, May 5th            Emergency Services Training Center, 1700 Calcon Hook Rd., Sharon Hill

Saturday, June 9th           Rose Tree Park, 1671 N. Providence Road, Media

Sunday, Sept. 16th         Penn State – Brandywine Campus, Route #352, Media

Saturday, October 6th       Upper Chichester Municipal Bldg., 8500 Furey Road, Upper Chichester