Drive-Thru Drop Off: How to Easily Get Rid of Potentially Hazardous Junk

The Pennsylvania Resource Council is kicking off a summer of collection and recycling events.
Household Chemicals


Do you have old paints, household cleaners, or pesticides that have just been piling up in the garage over time? If so, it’s time to load up the car and head over to the PPG Paints Arena on Saturday, April 17 where the Penguins and Pennsylvania Resource Council (PRC) are hosting a drive-thru collection event. It runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m in the arena’s parking lots. Everyone must register in advance here

A $20 fee covers the cost for disposing of up to 10 gallons or 50 pounds per vehicle. You can drop off aerosol cans, automotive fluids, chemistry sets, gasoline and kerosene, household cleaners, mercury thermometers, paint products, pesticides/garden chemicals, photo chemicals and pool chemicals. There are additional feels for fire extinguishers ($12) and liquid mercury ($15 per pound). 

Anyone attending the event is asked to:

  • place all materials to be dropped off in the trunk or truck bed
  • wear a mask
  • remain in your vehicle.

If you can’t make this event, many more are scheduled through the fall.

  • May 1 – North Park
  • May 15 – Concurrent Technologies Corp. ETF Facility, Johnstown, Cambria County
  • June 12 – Fairgrounds, Fayette County
  • June 26 – Wild Things Park, Washington County
  • July 24 – Freeport Area Middle School, Butler County
  • August 14 – Boyce Park
  • September 11 – South Park
  • October 9 – Bradys Run Park, Beaver County

PRC will also be hosting pop-up E-waste collections for things like cell phones, computers, keyboards, video game consoles and more, throughout the month of May and there will be other hard-to-recycle item collections throughout the summer. Find out more at the PRC website.

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