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Trash, recycling & city upkeep

Drop off household hazardous waste

Hazardous waste can harm people, pets, and the environment. These kinds of materials may be:

  • Toxic.
  • Corrosive.
  • Flammable.
  • Reactive.

You can take household hazardous waste to a disposal site. Or, you can get rid of it at seasonal waste collection events throughout Philadelphia.

Collection events: Who can participate

Household hazardous waste collection events are available to residents in the Greater Philadelphia five-county region (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties). Businesses must get rid of materials through a private service.

Collection events: Types of hazardous waste

Only certain kinds of hazardous waste are accepted at waste collection events. For other materials, you’ll need to find another method of disposal.

Accepted hazardous waste

  • Acids
  • Antifreeze
  • Auto and lead-acid batteries
  • Auto body repair products
  • Brake fluid
  • Chemical fertilizer
  • Degreasers
  • Drain and septic tank cleaners
  • Fluorescent light bulbs
  • Fuel
  • Fungicide
  • Gasoline
  • Glue
  • Herbicide
  • Insecticide
  • Kerosene
  • Lead products
  • Lithium and NiCad batteries
  • Mothballs
  • Motor oil
  • Oil-based paints
  • Pesticide
  • Pet collars and spray
  • Pool and photo chemicals
  • Rodenticide
  • Roofing tar
  • Solder
  • Solvents
  • Spray paints
  • Stain removers
  • Tile and oven cleaner
  • Transmission fluid
  • Varnish

Waste that isn’t accepted

Collection events: How to participate

Due to COVID-19, residents must register in advance for these events. Drop-offs will be scheduled in 15-minute increments between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. After signing up, you’ll receive a confirmation email. You should keep a copy or screenshot of this message.

Fall 2020 household hazardous waste collection events

Date Area Address
Saturday, Sept. 26 Southwest Philadelphia 3033 S. 63rd St., 19153 (Map)
Friday, Oct. 23 Northeast Philadelphia 8401 State Rd., 19136 (Map)
Saturday, Oct. 24 Northeast Philadelphia 8401 State Rd., 19136 (Map)
Saturday, Nov. 7 Port Richmond 3901 Delaware Ave., 19137 (Map)

Transporting hazardous materials

Follow these tips to prepare your materials for transit and disposal.

  • Never mix hazardous materials together. This could result in dangerous chemical reactions.
  • Keep all products in their original containers. Do not remove labels.
  • Tightly seal all lids and caps. If a container can’t be tightly closed, place it in a sealed plastic bag.
  • Wrap all breakable containers in newspaper.

On the day of the collection event, place all of your materials in a sturdy box. Then, put the box securely in your vehicle to prevent it from moving as you drive.


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