Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Written by Katrina Pope. Posted in Hazardous Materials

 

Many of us don't think about the hazardous materials that we bring into our home.  We purchase them for the convenience or to make a tough job easier.  For example, it is easier to spray those weeds with an herbicide than it is to manually pull them from your flower bed every year.

What do we do with those left over herbicides or other chemicals that are commonly found in our households -  the half empty containers that accumulate in our garages, attics, closets, and under the kitchen sink.  How do we dispose of them?  Should we throw them out with the household trash?  These materials should be kept out of our regular waste stream and SHOULD NOT be dumped down the drain.

 To help reduce the amount of hazardous waste in our homes, waste stream, and our water supply, the IRC held our annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection on Friday, July 8th, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday, July 9th, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the PNG Field, home of the Altoona Curve.  There was a charge of $10 per car trunk-load and $.25/lb. for all paints.

HHW ExamplesAccepted Items:

  • Oil-based and Latex paints & stains...
    • Both paints will be charged 25 cents per pound  
  • Pesticides & Weed Killers
  • Automotive fluids & filters
  • Mercury containing products
  • Fluorescent bulbs & tubes
  • Poisonous/reactive chemicals
  • Flammable liquids & solids
  • And other hazardous materials

Please remember... this was a two day only, annual event held on July 8th, and 9th of 2016.  The 2017 date has not been determined.  You can find instructions for handling latex paint here.  We cannot accept medications at this event, but you can take them to one of the permanent drop-offs.  

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