HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE
1. We survey the cars as they arrive
2. Our hazardous waste vendor unloads your car
3. You’re on your way
Delaware County sponsors four (4) Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Events each year. If you’ve ever participated in an event, you leave with a good feeling knowing you’ve disposed of your hazardous items in a responsible fashion.
To back up a bit… Delaware County has been hosting HHW Events since the early 1990’s. By 1998, Delaware County joined forces with the City of Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester and Montgomery Counties in an effort to remove HHW from the environment, collectively and more efficiently. The advantage for Delaware County residents is that if our scheduled events are not convenient, you may take your HHW to any one of the above counties’ events. Consequently, in 2016, there will be more than thirty opportunities for you to properly dispose of your Household Hazardous Waste. A list of dates and locations for the entire region should be available by mid-February.
As a result of this cooperative program and in recognition of this region’s efforts to remove hazardous materials from our environment, Delaware County and the Southeast Region were recipients of the 1999 and 2008 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence. Additionally, this Program earned a 2007 PA Waste Watcher Award for Outstanding Achievement in Special Collections and Outstanding Achievement in Reuse for our commitment to recycling, waste reduction and reuse in the state of Pennsylvania. Our Program was also awarded the 2011 North American Hazardous Materials Management Association Award for Longstanding Program Excellence. This well-run five-county program has collectively removed more than 3 million pounds of hazardous waste from the environment, just last year alone which improves our quality of life.
Our choice of a hazardous waste vendor insures that as much of the waste that can be recycled, is recycled. Examples include: motor oil is sent to a company that removes the dirt which then allows the oil to be reused; propane tanks are drained, reusing the remaining propane; tanks are examined and those that can be reused are sent to a propane company in order to be refilled; those that cannot are sent to a scrap metal dealer for further recycling.
Our locations in Sharon Hill, Media and Marple Township allow us to provide convenient locations throughout the county. Listed below you will find the event dates and locations as well as the items that will be accepted. It should be noted that ELECTRONICS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED this year at any Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event.
Please feel free to pass along our information, dates and locations to your family and friends. If you are coming to an event, check with an elderly relative, friend or neighbor and offer to bring their HHW along. Remember, if you have an elderly relative whose household items must ultimately dispose of, this duty may eventually fall on you! Bringing their items with you may prove helpful later. Even though we have more than thirty regional events, because of the threat of freezing temperatures, snow and ice, none of the counties in the Southeastern Region host events in the winter months.
Click on the underlined Event Name for convenient Driving Directions
|Saturday, June 11th
Emergency Services Training Center
1600 Calcon Hook Road
Darby, PA 19079
|Saturday, July 16th
Marple Transfer Station
895 Sussex Blouvard
Broomall PA 19008
|Sunday, September 18th
Penn State University
25 Yearsely Mill Road (Rte. #352)
Media, PA 19061
|Saturday, October 22nd
Emergency Services Training Center
1600 Calcon Hook Rd.,
Sharon Hill 19079
Staples will also accept computers (not monitors) any day of the week.
(Maximum of three per day.)
All Delaware County HHW Events run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rain or Shine. Driving directions may be obtained by clicking on the site, above. Brochures are available at any municipal building; public library located in Delaware County, or by clicking on the flyer on our recycling main page; and/or by calling the Delaware County Solid Waste Authority at 610-892-9627.
HOW TO IDENTIFY HHW:
Typically, item labels that contain the words: HAZARDOUS – DANGER – WARNING – POISONOUS and TOXIC, indicate items that contain hazardous material.
TYPICAL HHW INCLUDE:
- Weed Killers
Latex Paint is not hazardous and is not accepted at these one day hazardous waste events. Simply open the lid and let Latex Paint air dry. Leave the lids off when placing out with your regular trash. In the event that you have too much paint and it will not harden using this method:
1) Take two cardboard boxes
2) Line one with an outside trash bag
3) Place kitty litter in the trash bag
4) Dump all your Latex Paint into the bag containing the kitty litter
5) Stir. If it still seems to ‘runny’ either add more kitty litter or shredded newspaper to the mix. (You want it to solidify.)
6) In the second box place the empty cans of paints putting the pints in the quarts and the quarts in the gallons. All lids MUST REMAIN OFF THE CANS.
7) Place both boxes out with your regular trash.
** Typical Automotive fluids can be recycled at your local service station. If your local service station will not accept them, a list of sites can be found on our main Webpage: www.co.delaware.pa.us/recycle However, unlike Latex Paint, these items will also be accepted at our HHW Collection Events.
*** In the mid-1990’s, the EPA made alkaline battery manufacturers removed the hazardous lead and mercury from the batteries. Therefore, alkaline batteries may safely be disposed of with your household trash.
DISPOSE OF HHW PROPERLY
Improperly disposed of HHW can pollute the groundwater, surface water, and the air we breathe. It can harm children, pets, and sanitation workers. Listed below are ways you can dispose of HHW in a responsible manner.
- Use up what you have by giving your wall another coat or go around the room or up the stairs where fingerprints are sure to gather.
- Share any leftovers with friends, neighbors, and family.
- Take motor oil, antifreeze, and car batteries to a service station that accepts them. A list of Delaware County’s USED MOTOR OIL COLLECTION SITES can be found in this website under the heading of Automotive Products Recycling Sites
- Bring to an HHW Collection Event.
- Most Radio Shacks, Target Stores, Lowes, and Home Depots will take your Ni-Cad, rechargeable and Lithium batteries for recycling.
- CFLs can be recycled at any Lowes or Home Depot.
PLEASE DO NOT BRING ANY TVs, COMPUTERS, APPLIANCES AND/OR ITEMS CONTAINING FREON TO OUR HHW EVENT AS THEY
WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED ****
CELL PHONE RECYCLING
Always looking to improve and expand on what we can recycle, most libraries have a blue Cell Phone Recycling Drop-Off Box. Please recycle only your cell phone. Books and boxes should be placed with your curbside recycling. Again, only the cell phone itself should be recycled at these drop-off locations.
ITEMS NOT ACCEPTED AT AN HHW COLLECTION EVENT
ITEMS NOT ACCEPTED AT AN HHW COLLECTION EVENT:
Any type of Electronic Item
Appliances containing Freon
Latex Paint (See Topic on our main webpage entitled Proper Disposal Method for Latex Paint for proper disposal methods)