Household hazardous waste is that portion of a household product that is no longer usable, leftover, or unwanted and has to be disposed of. You can identify a product as hazardous by words such as CAUTION, WARNING, POISON, or FLAMMABLE on the label.
Each person in Pennsylvania produces an average of four pounds of household hazardous waste each year for a total of about 25,000 tons/yr. statewide. If carelessly managed, these consumer waste products can create environmental and public health hazards.
If you have materials at home that are not usable, you can dispose of them responsibly by taking them to the Allegheny County Household Chemical collection day. The collection is on Saturday, September 15 at the South Park Wave Pool. Collection will be from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. The participant fee is $2 per gallon, cash only. Please consider getting a group of friends or neighbors to pool their items for the collection.
Items accepted at this collection include:
- aerosol cans
- automotive fluids (e.g., motor oil, transmission fluid, antifreeze, kerosene, brake fluid)
- chemistry sets
- compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) (Bulbs only- we do not accept fluorescent tubes)
- gasoline and kerosene
- household cleaners (ammonia, drain openers, acid cleaners, oven cleaners)
- mercury thermometers/mercury
- paint products (latex, oil based, alkyd based, arts/crafts chemicals, rust preservatives, creosote, water sealers, paint thinners, furniture strippers)
- pesticides/garden (rodent killers, insecticides, weed killers, mothballs, fertilizer)
- photo chemicals
- pool chemicals
Items in leaky containers will not be accepted. If possible, transfer materials to a new container.
Preserve the label and place in a zippered plastic bag to keep with replacement container.
Here’s more information and a list of items that will not be accepted. If you have questions about specific products, call the HHW hotline at (412) 488-7452.
Here is Zero Waste Pittsburgh’s resource guide on hazardous materials and how best to dispose of them.