ROYERSFORD PA – One of the last household hazardous waste collections sponsored by Montgomery County during 2017 is scheduled for this Saturday (Sept. 23) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Spring-Ford 9th Grade Center, 400 S. Lewis Rd., the county announced in a press release. The residential collection event, held outdoors rain or shine, is free and open to the public.
- This event has been added to The Post Publications calendar.
During the collection, the county will receive toxic and flammable household chemicals for proper disposal. Acceptable items include gasoline, oil, kerosene, turpentine, paint thinner, oil paint, stains, varnish, pool chemicals, herbicides, pesticides, antifreeze, caustic cleaners and solvents, mercury, thermometers, flares, fire extinguishers, lead acid batteries, rechargeable batteries, fluorescent tube light bulbs, CFL bulbs, mini propane canisters, and electric oil filled heaters.
Disposal containers can be returned upon request.
Not accepted are electronics, appliances, asbestos, explosives, ammunition, medical waste, radioactive waste, smoke detectors, items containing Freon, or tires. The county also noted that:
- Latex or water-based paint is not hazardous and can be placed in the trash once it is dry. It recommends air-drying latex paint, or adding absorbent material like kitty litter to it until the paint solidifies;
- Alkaline household batteries are not hazardous and should be thrown in the trash;
- Prescription medications should be disposed of in secure drop boxes located in many area police stations. Find a list of them here; and
- Mini propane canisters are accepted at collections. Full-sized propane tanks should be taken to appropriate locations, listed here.
A final household hazardous waste event is scheduled to be held Oct. 22 (Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) at the Lower Merion Transfer Station, 1300 N. Woodbine Ave., Penn Valley PA 19072.
For more information visit the county recycling website here, or call 610-278-3618.
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