Handling and disposing of hazardous waste materials requires a special set of regulations due to the potential damage they can cause to people, pets and the environment. It is important to follow the hazardous waste disposal methods the City provides for the materials listed here.
Residents can bring their hazardous waste to Household Hazardous Waste Events.
All events are open from 9am to 3pm.
The Counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia have partnered together to host 30+ collection events for Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and Electronics in 2014. This collaboration allows residents of each County the opportunity to attend any of the events hosted in the region.
Computer Electronics and TelevisionsComputer electronics are accepted at all HHW Events. Citizens may also bring their computer electronics to the Sanitation Convenience Centers.
Donate your used computer to the Freedom Rings Partnership – an organization providing broadband access and Internet training to low-income residents. Learn how to donate.
Paint and Paint Related Materials
- Solvent-based paints and stains
- Paint thinner
- Paint stripper and paint brush cleaners
(NOTE: Latex paint is not hazardous.)
- Lawn and Garden Project and Outdoor Products
- Pesticides (fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, rodenticides)
- Chemical fertilizers
- Grill type propane cylinders (up to 20 lbs.)
- Swimming pool chemicals
Kitchen, Bathroom Products and Cleaning Solvents
- Cleaning solvents
- Fire Extinguishers
- Aerosol cans
- Bathroom and tile cleaner
- Toilet bowl cleaner
- Oven cleaners
- Drain cleaners
- Used motor oil
- Lead-acid batteries
- Auto body repair products
- Brake fluid
- Old gasoline
- Fluorescent Light Tubes (transport in original box if possible) and Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL)
- Dioxin forming compounds
- Asbestos (Non-Friable Only) for Information on proper asbestos removal, go to City of Philadelphia Health Department's web site
- Artists' paints
- Photographic chemicals
- Lead products, including solder, fishing weights, and similar items
- Household Batteries
- Rechargeable computer and cell phone batteries
- Button cell batteries used for hearing aids, watches, and calculators
(NOTE: Household batteries size D, C, AA, AAA and 9 volt are not considered hazardous.)
Other Household Products
- Moth balls
- Stain and spot removers
Used Motor Oil Drop-off Site Information
- Click here for PADEP registered used oil drop-off sites
- Call the PADEP Hotline at 800-346-4242 to get the location of the nearest used oil collection site.
- Access the PADEP Website at: http://www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/deputate/airwaste/wm/Oil/oil.htm
|Management Method||Percentage||Household Hazardous Material Class|
|Fuels Blending||30%||Flammables, Solvent Based Paints, Aerosol cans|
|Recycling||20%||Used Oil, Antifreeze, Solvent Based Paint, Cylinders, Lead Acid Bat|
|Wastewater Treatment||3%||Acids, Bases, and Oxidizers|
|Solidification and Landfilling||20%||Latex Paint|
|Hazardous Waste Incineration||2%||Pesticides and any Acute Hazardous Materials|
|Landfill as Residual Waste||25%||Non-Regulated Materials and Household Batteries|