- Use care when purchasing products. The best method of managing HHW is to prevent its generation in the first place. Select the least toxic item to “do the job” and buy only the necessary amount.
- Donate unused products. If the product is still useable (not expired or damaged), contact local community groups to see if you can donate it.
- Bring material to the York County Solid Waste Authority’s (YCSWA) free annual HHW Collection Program. The Authority conducts a yearly HHW Collection Program on the first Saturday of May from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. There is no fee for York County residents to participate. Businesses and government entities are not eligible to participate. The Authority provides this service as part of our integrated waste management system and through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. After collection, HHW is transported to hazardous waste facilities that safely manage, and whenever possible, recycle the materials collected. Click here for a list of items accepted at the YCSWA Annual HHW Collection Program.
- Use the “At Your Door Special Collection” for HHW. Any time of year, York County residents can properly manage their HHW using the “At Your Door Special Collection”, a service offered by Waste Management (WM) Curbside, LLC. Funding for the program is generated by York County Resource Recovery Center tipping fees, a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the $15 co-pay required of participants. York County residents may schedule two pick-ups per household, per calendar year and request up to two kit bags per pick-up. To schedule an HHW “At Your Door Special Collection” pick-up, call 1-800-449-7587.
- With the exception of mercury thermometers and thermostats which are not accepted at the York County Resource Recovery Center (RRC), you may legally bring HHW to the RRC for disposal (click here for YCRRC tipping fee information). The RRC has a liquids hopper for safer disposal of HHW liquids and also has designated disposal areas for rechargeable batteries and fluorescent tubes. Please note there is a one gallon limit per visit for fuel (gasoline, diesel, kerosene) disposal and a 5 bulb/tube limit per visit for fluorescent bulb/tube disposal at the RRC.
- If you are considering disposing of HHW in your regular trash, we strongly urge you to first contact your garbage hauler to find out what materials they will accept at the curb. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection offers these recommendations when disposing of HHW in the trash:
– When disposing of rechargeable batteries, cover the electrical contacts or battery ends with a non-conductive tape (electrical or vinyl tape) or seal individual batteries in separate clear plastic bags so they cannot conduct electricity. This helps reduce the risk of potential fires or explosions.
– Absorb HHW liquids using material such as cat litter, sawdust or vermiculite and securely package the remaining residue to prevent leakage. Dispose of the material in small quantities over several trash collection periods.