The York County Solid Waste Authority’s May 1 Free Residential Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program Requires Pre-registration

The York County Solid Waste Authority’s free residential household hazardous waste (HHW) collection program is scheduled for Saturday, May 1, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Authority’s Ash Recycling and Processing Facility located at 2650 Blackbridge Road.

Due to Covid-19 and the state’s mandate to keep group gatherings to no more than 250 people, residents are now required to pre-register for the event.  Pre-registration is available by using online registration:

If residents are unable to register online, they may register by calling the Authority directly at 717-845-1066.

All participants must remain in their vehicles, wear a mask and place all HHW materials in the trunk or bed of the vehicle (not back seat) prior to admittance.

Residents who are unable to make it to the May 1 event may dispose of their HHW in their regular garbage.  Under state regulation, residential households are exempt from state hazardous waste regulations and may dispose of household hazardous waste in their regular garbage.   For transportation safety reasons, we recommend you contact your waste hauler to confirm what materials they will accept in trash collected at the curb. If residents have a household hazardous waste their hauler will not collect at the curb, residents may deliver it themselves to the York County Resource Recovery Center.  A disposal fee will apply.  Because York County uses waste-to-energy technology to manage municipal solid waste, waste is combusted at a high temperature in enclosed, environmentally controlled combustion units and emissions are managed via advanced emissions technology. 

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 are eligible to bring their household hazardous waste to the collection site on May 1.  There is no fee to participate.  Business and government entities are not eligible 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 will transport the material to permitted hazardous waste sites.  These facilities will recycle the materials collected.          

The York County Solid Waste Authority facilitates responsible solid waste management through an integrated strategy that emphasizes waste reduction, education, recycling and resource recovery.  The Authority is the owner of the York County Resource Recovery Center and an Ash Recycling and Processing Facility in Manchester Township; and owns and operates a Recyclable Materials Drop-off Center, a Residential Electronics Recycling Program, a Yard Waste Transfer Facility and an Education Center.