Safely Get Rid of Hazardous Household Waste

The Pennsylvania Resources Council is hosting its last chemical product collection of 2019 in Beaver County this month.

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They may seem harmless, but the paint cans lying around your house contain hazardous chemicals.

The Pennsylvania Resources Council and its partners will be hosting a chemical collection for household products — including pesticides, automotive fluids, paints and cleaners — from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 12 at Beaver County’s Bradys Run Park. 

This event will be the seventh in a series of the organization’s sponsored collections in 2019 to round up household chemical products and properly dispose of them. Hazardous products extend to paint stains and varnishes, batteries, motor oil and more. Individuals can also drop off polystyrene — the white foam packing material used to protect electronics and appliances — to be recycled. 

At a cost of $3 per gallon, cash only, chemicals will be collected and processed by a certified contractor. After that, the materials will be recycled, incinerated or safely disposed of in special landfills. 

The Pennsylvania Resources Council began hosting collections like this one in 2003. Since then, it has safely disposed of more than 5 million pounds of chemicals from close to 50,000 households in western Pennsylvania. 

While some of these hazardous chemicals may seem uncommon, the average home can easily accumulate 100 pounds of these products, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

For a complete list of items accepted, visit prc.org or call the Beaver Country Department of Waste Management at 724/770-2064. 

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