When & Where You Can Dump Your Junk (including old TVs)

Spring cleaning can be a challenge if you don't know where to dispose of clutter that trash collectors won't accept.

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You know you aren’t supposed to put things such as batteries, unused medications or old cell phones in the trash. That means you’re doomed to let them pile up in your garage for all eternity, right?

Not necessarily –– the Pennsylvania Resources Council is ready to help. The PRC is hosting a series of collection events for unwanted household materials that are difficult to recycle. Beginning May 4 at the North Park swimming pool parking lot, you can drop off paint, household chemicals, pesticides and other items for a fee of $3 per gallon.

The full household chemical collection schedule includes:

  • May 4: North Park Swimming Pool parking lot
  • May 18: Concurrent Technologies Corporation ETF Facility, 128 Industrial Park Road, Johnstown
  • June 22: Fayette County Fairgrounds, Dunbar, PA
  • July 20: (Wild Things Park, Washington, PA
  • Aug. 17: Boyce Park Four Seasons Ski Lodge parking lot
  • Sept. 21: South Park Wave Pool parking lot
  • Oct. 12: Bradys Run Park Recycling Center, Beaver County


There also are five dates this year when you can drop off e-waste, notoriously the toughest to recycle items, including televisions, computer monitors, fluorescent tubes, tires and more. These items include small drop-off fees depending on the size of the items.

The 2019 hard-to-recycle collection schedule:

  • May 11: Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills, Tarentum
  • June 15: Bethel Park High School
  • June 29:  Quaker Valley High School, Leetsdale
  • July 27: La Roche College, McCandless
  • Aug. 3: West Mifflin High School 
  • Oct. 5 Settlers Cabin Park Wave Pool Parking Lot

Finally, the PRC also is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Agency on April 27 for Drug Take Back Day. Many municipal buildings and police departments in the western Pennsylvania region will be collecting and disposing of unwanted prescription drugs at no cost. Check the full list of drop off locations here.

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