Hazardous waste can harm people, pets, and the environment. These kinds of materials may be:
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
- Auto and lead-acid batteries
- Auto body repair products
- Brake fluid
- Chemical fertilizer
- Drain and septic tank cleaners
- Fluorescent light bulbs
- Lead products
- Lithium and NiCad batteries
- Motor oil
- Oil-based paints
- Pet collars and spray
- Pool and photo chemicals
- Roofing tar
- Spray paints
- Stain removers
- Tile and oven cleaner
- Transmission fluid
Waste that isn’t accepted
- Electronic waste: Take it to a sanitation convenience center.
- Latex and water-based paints: These paints aren’t hazardous and can be thrown away.
- Lithium, rechargeable, and lead-acid batteries: Take them to a sanitation convenience center.
- Ordnance or explosive materials: Call your local Police Department district office to arrange disposal.
- Used motor oil: Take it to a site registered with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
Collection events: How to participate
Fall 2020 household hazardous waste collection events
|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.