Deep Cleaning the House? Recycle Your Chemical Waste Here in Pittsburgh

Getting rid of chemicals and other hazardous waste can be confusing. Here’s everything you need to know.


Summer’s almost over — time to get back to work and school, move to a new place or deep clean the house. Get rid of old toys, donate clothes, throw out expired food but what about disposing of chemicals safely? 

Don’t worry — Pennsylvania Resources Council has Pittsburghers covered. 

PRC, in partnership with Allegheny County Health Department, will host a household chemical collection event on Aug. 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Boyce Park Ski Lodge parking lot. 

This event will allow Pennsylvania residents to safely dispose of common chemicals such as pesticides, cleaners, stains and varnishes, batteries, paints and motor oils. 

Participants must pay the $20 fee, which covers the cost of disposing up to 10 gallons or 50 pounds of aerosol cans, automotive fluids, chemistry sets, electronic cigarettes, gasoline and kerosene, household cleaners, mercury thermometers, paint products, pesticides and garden chemicals, photo chemicals and pool chemicals. 

Additionally, participants must pay $15 per pound of liquid mercury and $12 per fire extinguisher. 

Those disposing of more than 10 gallons or 50 pounds must pay additional fees under the discretion of on-site staff. 

To participate in this recycling event, people must register in advance on PRC’s website or call 412-488-7901, Ext.1. 

Upon arrival, all materials should be packed in car trunks or truck beds. Participants will stay in their vehicles while a certified contractor unloads the collection. This contractor understands the correct and safe process of disposing hazardous materials. 

Don’t live near Boyce Park Ski Lodge? No problem.

PRC will host additional chemical collections at the Wave Pool parking lot in South Park on Sept 10 and at the recycling center at Bradys Run Park in Beaver County on Oct. 8. 

“It’s important to divert household chemicals from landfills since many contain toxic elements that can leach into our waterways or introduce dangerous toxic materials into our environment,” PRC Executive Director Darren Spielman said in a press release. “This year marks PRC’s 20th season of hosting household chemical collection events, and we’re proud to report that we’ve facilitated the safe management of 6 million pounds of household chemicals collected at more than 100 events.”

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