Ninety-five residents delivered 5,060 pounds of Household Hazardous Waste to the collection event that was held in Pennsville on Saturday, June 16, 2018.

“The weather was absolutely beautiful and there was even a little breeze coming off the river. Nice weather always brings people out and we had 95 residents today. It’s very encouraging to see people taking that little bit of extra time to dispose of hazardous waste properly”, stated Florence Beckett, HHW Coordinator.

The Chairman of the Board, Cordy Taylor, was on hand and he was also encouraged to see so many people being responsible about recycling and our environment. As with the last event, Chairman Taylor reminded the residents to only bring oil-based paints to the event. “Latex, water-based paint (paint that can be clean up with soap and water) is not a household hazardous material and can be disposed of with regular household trash once they let the paint dry out in the can”, stated Mr. Taylor. “Open up the paint can; add kitty litter, sawdust or a retail paint hardener to the paint with the lid off, and the paint will dry up. That can of dried up paint can then be disposed of in a trash bag with your regular trash”, Mr. Taylor said.

Materials that are accepted at each event are solvents, thinners, turpentine, varnish, metal polishes, nail polish, pesticides, herbicides, rechargeable batteries, fertilizer, weed killers, pest poisons, swimming pool acids, gasoline, antifreeze, used oil filters, kerosene, motor oil, used cooking oil and fluorescent bulbs.

CARE Environmental, based out of Dover, New Jersey is the hired vendor for this year’s events. Disposal/recycling price for all materials is $.85 per pound.

“There’s no need to save those everyday alkaline batteries for the event because they are now regular household trash”, stated Executive Director Julie Acton who was also on hand to greet the residents. Changes in Federal Regulations combined with less hazardous battery components mean that the typical alkaline, household AA, AAA, C, D and 9-volt batteries fall below the federal and state hazardous waste standards and can be disposed of with regular trash.

Tires and propane tanks are NOT accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection events. These items are accepted every Wednesday and Saturday at the Solid Waste Facility Landfill’s convenience center at 36 McKillip Road in Alloway Township. There is a small fee for recycling these items.

For more information on the next three Household Hazardous Waste Collection events, call the Solid Waste Facility at 856-935-7900 x 10 or 16. The next collection event is Saturday, August 18, 2018, in Upper Pittsgrove Township at the Convenience Center, 190 Groft Road, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.