Authority’s Residential Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event Captured 13.35 tons

The York County Solid Waste Authority held a FREE residential Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program on Saturday, May 4 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in the parking lot of Woodland View York, LP located at 915 Woodland View Drive in Manchester Township. The event removed 13.35 tons of household hazardous waste from the waste stream.  Residents who brought in a mercury-containing device such as a thermostat, thermometer or elemental mercury received a $5 gift card for Lowe’s courtesy of Covanta York Renewable Energy, the operator of the Authority’s waste-to-energy facility.

Household hazardous waste includes any products from the home that are corrosive (drain cleaners or bleach), flammable (gasoline), reactive (chemistry kits) or toxic (pesticides).  The program benefits York County by identifying hazardous wastes found in the home and providing an opportunity to manage these materials in a safe and efficient manner.

All York County homeowners or residential tenants were eligible to bring their household hazardous waste to the collection site. There was no fee to participate. The program is made possible by funding generated from tipping fees collected at the York County Resource Recovery Center and a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.  After collection, a licensed hazardous waste commercial hauler hired by the Authority transported the material to permitted hazardous waste sites. These facilities will recycle the materials collected.

If you missed the May 4 event, an option called “At Your Door Special CollectionSM” enables York County residents to call a toll-free number to schedule a home pick-up of household hazardous waste. The number is: 800-449-7587. Residents may schedule two pick-ups per home, per calendar year and can request up to two “kit bags” per pick-up to fill with acceptable household hazardous products.  “At Your Door Special CollectionSM” pick-ups require a small co-pay.  Visit www.wmatyourdoor.com for more information. 

The Authority facilitates responsible solid waste management through an integrated strategy that emphasizes waste reduction, reuse, recycling and resource recovery. The Authority is the owner of the York County Resource Recovery Center in Manchester Township; and owns and operates a Yard Waste Transfer Facility, a Recyclable Materials Drop-off Center and an Education Center. In 2018, the Authority collected 10.69 tons of household hazardous waste in its spring program and 1.82 tons in its year-round Special Collection curbside program.  This is the 34th year the Authority has conducted a residential household hazardous waste collection program.