WEST CHESTER (April 1) – State Senator Andy Dinniman encouraged residents to take advantage of the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events scheduled throughout Chester County in 2015.

“With warmer weather on the horizon, I know that many of us are taking on home repair projects, working on cars, getting boats ready for the summer or just doing some house cleaning,” Dinniman said. “If you come across dangerous chemicals in your basement or garage, you can safely and properly dispose of them at any of these events.”

Chester County’s 2015 Household Hazardous Waste Collection schedule is as follows:

Saturday, April 11

CAT Pickering Campus

(Technical College High School)

1580 Charlestown Road

Phoenixville, PA 19460


Saturday, April 25

Octorara High School

226 Highland Road

Atglen, PA 19310


Saturday, May 16

Owen J. Roberts Middle School

881 Ridge Road

Pottstown, PA 19465


Friday, June 26

Coatesville Learning Center

(Same as CAT Brandywine Entrance/Veteran’s Drive)

1425 East Lincoln Highway

Coatesville, PA 19320


Saturday, September 12

Oxford School District Administrative Building

125 Bell Tower Lane

Oxford, PA 19363


Saturday, October 10

Government Services Center

601 Westtown Road

West Chester, PA 19380


All events run from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Proof of residency may be required at the Octorara High School and Oxford sites.

These collections are for household hazardous waste only. Businesses and contractors will be turned away. No more than 220 pounds or 25 gallons of hazardous waste per household will be accepted.

Hazardous waste items that will be accepted include: paint thinners, turpentine, oil-based paints, stains and varnish, swimming pool chemicals, weed killers, pesticides, rodent poison, joint and caulking compounds, asphalt sealers, septic tank degreasers, fuel additives, transmission/brake fluid, antifreeze, gasoline, kerosene, car batteries, drain openers, adhesives and solvents, mothballs, household cleaners, rechargeable batteries, mercury-bearing items and propane cylinders (under 20 lbs).

No electronics will be accepted. Other items that will not be accepted anywhere include: latex paint, fire extinguishers, tires, asbestos, explosives, gas tanks, alkaline batteries, PCBs, medical waste, unidentified waste, commercial and industrial waste,  ammunition, 50 gallon drums, and appliances containing Freon.

For a complete list of acceptable and unacceptable products click here, or visit www.chestercountyswa.org.

“Remember, if improperly disposed, these items do not just harm the environment, they can also pose serious health risks to you, your friends, family and neighbors,” Dinniman said. “I want to thank the Chester County Solid Waste Authority for holding these events.”

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