Where to Safely Dispose of Leftover Household Chemicals

The South Park Wave Pool parking lot will host a nearly contactless collection event this weekend.


There’s a conscientious way to get rid of that bottle of wood polish you have under the sink.

The Pennsylvania Resources Council will hold a household chemical collection on Sept. 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the South Park Wave Pool.

The event will give those in Allegheny County a chance to dispose of common chemicals such as cleaners, paints, stains and varnishes, batteries, motor oil and pesticides in a safe and cost-effective manner. 

A $20 fee covers the cost of disposing of up to 10 gallons or 50 pounds of aerosol cans, automotive fluids, chemistry sets, gasoline and kerosene, household cleaners, mercury thermometers, paint products, pesticides/garden chemicals, photo chemicals and pool chemicals. Participants will also pay $12 per fire extinguisher and $15 per pound of liquid mercury. Oversized loads will be subject to additional charges. 

The event will incorporate safety measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic including a new fee structure and an advance registration system required by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

“All PRC staff members in attendance adhere to the most current safety protocols issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and local health authorities, which includes the wearing of face masks,” PRC Collection Events Manager Sarah Alessio Shea said in a press release. 

Participants must register online in advance; place all items in the car trunk or truck bed; wear a mask when speaking with onsite personnel; remain in the vehicle at all times; and bring exact change or check payable to PRC.

For more information or to view PRC’s complete calendar of events, visit its website.

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