June 22, 2013 Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Written by Katrina Pope. Posted in Special Events and Collections

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 will hold our annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection on Saturday, June 22 at the PNG Field, home of the Altoona Curve from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  There is a charge of $10 per car trunk-load.

HHW ExamplesAcceptable Items:

  • Oil-based paints & stains...   *NO latex paint accepted
  • Pesticides & Weed Killers
  • Automotive fluids & filters
  • Mercury containing products
  • Fluorescent bulbs & tubes
  • Poisonous/reactive chemicals
  • Flammable liquids & solids

Please remember... this is a one day only, annual event to be held on June 22, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  We cannot accept medications or latex paint at this event.  To learn how to safely dispose of latex paint, check out our Latex Paint Factsheet.

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