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2020 Household Hazardous Waste Events - First drop-off event, Saturday, September 26

PHILADELPHIA – The Streets Department has scheduled four Household Hazardous Waste Events in 2020 announced Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams.  The events provide an opportunity for residents to properly dispose of   household hazardous waste that has accumulated in their homes.   Philadelphia residents must register and schedule to drop-off materials this year, in accordance with PA Department of Environment Protection Agency’s COVID-19 protocols. The four dates provided to Philadelphia residents for drop-off at Streets’ Sanitation Convenience Centers between the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. are:

  • Saturday, September 26th at 3033 South 63rd Street
  • Friday, October 23rd at 8401 State Road
  • Saturday, October 24th at 8401 State Road
  • Saturday November 7th at 3901 Delaware Avenue  

Residents may choose the best date and block of time from the list above and schedule their drop-off using the online registration.  Drop-offs are scheduled in 15-minute increments, with upwards of 15 pre-registered participants scheduled during each block of time. Residents will receive an email confirmation with their scheduled day, time and location. A copy or screenshot of the confirmation should be retained. 

Trained staff will be on hand to sort and properly package materials dropped off for disposal.  Residents should arrive to their selected location at their scheduled time and remain inside their vehicle. Upon arrival, residents show proof of Philadelphia residency and follow the directions of the attendants and staff working each event. 

Handling and disposing of hazardous waste materials requires a special set of regulations due to the potential damage the items can cause people and pets. It is important to follow the hazardous waste disposal methods the City provides for the materials with the following product labels: toxic, flammable, corrosive or reactive.  Household Hazardous Waste can also harm the environment; one gallon of used oil can contaminate one million gallons of freshwater.  

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) estimates that the average household can accumulate up to 100 pounds per year of oil base paint, used oil, solvents, pesticides, car batteries, and other hazardous household wastes.  These materials can be safely disposed of by taking them to a Household Hazardous Waste event. 

Computers are not accepted at any of the Household Hazardous Waste events as they can be taken to any of the Sanitation Convenience Centers during normal business hours. As a reminder, latex or water base paint is not hazardous and can be placed in the regular trash if the paint is dried up or solidified with an absorbent material, such as, kitty litter. Universal waste such as florescent light bulbs and lithium, rechargeable and lead-acid batteries can be dropped off in the new bulb or battery containers at the Sanitation Convenience Centers. Alkaline batteries can be disposed of curbside. Residents are encouraged to wrap tap around both ends of the battery as an added precaution.  Waste materials generated by a business will not be accepted at any of the Household Hazardous Waste events or at Sanitation Convenience Centers.  

For additional information, please visit the Streets Department’s website.  For all City services, call 311.

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