One hundred twenty-five residents delivered 6,160 pounds of Household Hazardous Waste to the collection event that was held at the Solid Waste Facility on Saturday, April 21, 2018.

“The weather was absolutely beautiful, although it was a little cold at 8 a.m. when we started. Nice weather seems to bring out more people and that was the case today. We had 125 people take advantage of this service; our second highest number yet”, stated Florence Beckett, HHW Coordinator.    

The Chairman of the Board, Cordy Taylor, on hand first thing in the morning to bring his used fluorescent bulbs to the event. Mr. Taylor was glad to be able to properly dispose of them. He stayed to help move the line along and he 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. 

Residents are limited to 20 gallons of liquid or 200 pounds of dry material per trip.  No small quantity /commercial (business) generators of hazardous materials will be allowed to dispose of their waste at any residential collection events.

 “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, June 16, 2018 in Pennsville at the end of Industrial Park Road from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.