A New Way to Get Rid of Household Chemicals

The Pennsylvania Resource Council has adopted new pricing and socially-distant guidelines.


Each year, the Pennsylvania Resource Council holds collection events for people to safely dispose of household chemicals. Because of the pandemic, this year’s events will be different.

The first is Saturday, June 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wild Things Park in Washington County. New this year is a $20 flat fee to cover the costs of increased safety measures. They will accept aerosol cans, automotive fluids, chemistry sets, gasoline and kerosene, household cleaners, mercury thermometers, paint products, pesticides/garden chemicals, photo chemicals and pool chemicals.

There is an additional $15 fee for fire extinguishers or mercury. “Introduction of the flat fee structure enables PRC to offer a nearly contactless event,” says Sarah Shea, collection events manager. “All PRC staff members in attendance will adhere to the most current safety protocols issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and local health authorities, which may include the wearing of face masks and gloves.”

If you are going:

  1. Place all items in your trunk or truck bed
  2. Remain in your vehicle at all times
  3. Bring exact change or a check 
  4. Visit the PRC website for any last-minute updates

PRC will hold five more household chemical collection events.

“Due to the ever-changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, all event dates, locations, acceptable materials and associated fees are subject to change, so we encourage residents to check prc.org for updates before attending an event,” Shea says.

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