The Streets Department will host its second Household Hazardous Drop-off event of the 2015 season on Saturday, May 16, announced Streets Department Commissioner David J. Perri. The event will be held at the Department’s 1st Highway Yard, 4800 Parkside Avenue. Residents may drop off materials between 9 AM and 3 PM.
The Streets Department’s Sanitation Division hosts Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off events throughout the year to allow residents an opportunity to recycle or dispose of unwanted Household Hazardous Waste accumulated in their home or garage. By taking potentially hazardous materials to a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) drop-off event, we can avoid contamination of the environment, harm to sanitation collection workers, and remove potential hazards from our homes. Trained staff will be on hand to sort and properly package materials dropped off for disposal. No waste materials generated by a business will be accepted.
Philadelphia Recycling Rewards Program members may use this opportunity to earn extra Recyclebank® points. A coded card worth 25 points will be given to Philadelphia Recycling Rewards participants as a bonus for dropping off household hazardous waste at any of the City events.
In 2014, over 4,433 residents dropped off approximately 297,432 pounds of household hazardous waste were dropped off at the Department’s Sanitation Convenience Centers. Over 7% of the hazardous materials accepted were recycled including 30,000 gallons of used motor oil, 32,000 gallons of antifreeze, and 4 tons of automotive batteries.
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.
Checking product labels for these key words can identify household Hazardous Waste: TOXIC, FLAMMABLE, CORROSIVE, and REACTIVE. 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.
For additional information, please visit the Streets Department’s website at http://www.philadelphiastreets.com/hazardous-waste.aspx or contact the Customer Affairs Unit at 215-686-5560. For all City services, call 3-1-1.