Pennsylvania Resources Council PRC
PRC West has hosted Household Chemical Collection
Events in Western Pennsylvania since 2003 with the support of many partners and
volunteers. These events have directly resulted in the safe management of over
4,500,000 lbs of household chemicals.
- These events are restricted to household quantities of Household Chemicals. If
you have materials generated by a business or other commercial source please
PRC for assistance.
- Please visit PNC's
calendar for a complete list of the 2016 Household
Chemical Collection events.
- For events outside of Western Pennsylvania please contact your
PRC ACCEPTS the
following items or materials at its Household Chemical
PRC accepts nearly every chemical product found in the bathroom, kitchen,
basement, garage, garden shed, or workshop. These include: aerosol cans,
automotive fluids (e.g., motor oil, transmission fluid, antifreeze, kerosene,
brake fluid), batteries, chemistry sets, compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) (Bulbs
only - fluorescent tubes will not be accepted), gasoline and kerosene, household
cleaners (ammonia, drain openers, acid cleaners, oven cleaners), mercury
thermometers/mercury, paint products (latex, oil based, alkyd based, arts/crafts
chemicals, rust preservatives, creosote, water sealers, paint thinners,
furniture strippers), pesticides/garden (rodent killers, insecticides, weed
killers, mothballs, fertilizer), photo chemicals, pool chemicals.
note that these items in leaky containers cannot be accepted! Any type of commercial type waste
will also NOT be accepted.
To avoid spills and damage
to your vehicle, never put leaky containers into your car! If possible, transfer
materials to a new container. Preserve the label and place in a zippered plastic
bag to keep with replacement container. If you can’t transfer the material, you
can isolate the leaky item by placing it in a zippered plastic bag, plastic
If you have questions about specific
products, please call the Household Chemical Collections hotline at
Please Note: All Household Chemical Collection events are held on
Saturdays, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, rain or shine. Participant fee: $3.00 per gallon,
cash only (a few exceptions apply).
All events run from 9am to 1pm
Allegheny County #1
Park Swimming Pool parking lot
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Technologies Corporation ETF Facility, Johnstown, PA
Saturday, May 19, 2018
County Fairgrounds, Dunbar, PA
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Things Park, Washington, PA
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Allegheny County #2
Park Four Seasons Ski Lodge parking lot (GPS address: 750 Center Road,
Pittsburgh, PA 15239)
Saturday, August 18, 2018
Allegheny County #3
Park Wave Pool parking lot
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Bradys Run Park
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Disclaimer: All event dates and/or locations are subject to change; check
back frequently or
CLICK HERE for the most up-to-date list of PRC collections events, hours,
fees, and list of acceptable materials.
PRC realizes that their program schedule will not meet everyone’s needs.
to make events accessible to the greatest number of people in the region they
serve. If you are unable to attend, for whatever reason, please consider
approaching a friend, neighbor, or relative for assistance.
CLICK HERE for PRC's Household Chemicals Page
What Is Household Chemical Waste
Household Chemical Waste generally
falls into six categories:
aerosols, bathroom cleaners, drain cleaners, chlorine
bleach, solvents, spot removers, toilet cleaners, oven cleaners, rug and
floor cleaners, furniture polish.
car waxes, starting fluids, solvent cleaners,
antifreeze, repair products, batteries, brake fluid, motor oil, and
Home Environment and Improvement Supplies: oil based stains and paints,
caulking, varnish, paint thinners, chemical strippers, fire extinguishers,
flea collars and sprays, insect repellents, insecticides, kerosene, lighter
fluid, lye, mothballs, and pool chemicals.
glues, paints, stains, finishes, contact cement, and
Personal Care and Pharmaceuticals:
nail polish and remover, hair color,
prescription and over-the-counter drugs, and mercury thermometers.
Lawn and Garden Care:
weed and pest killers, herbicides, fungicides, and
other lawn chemicals.
PRC DOES NOT
ACCEPT the following items or materials at its Household Chemical Collection
Ammunition, appliances, bulk waste, commercial and industrial waste, compressed
gas cylinders (including propane tanks), explosives, flares, fluorescent tubes,
leaking containers, medical waste (including needles and sharps), prescription
or non-prescription drugs, PCBs and dioxins, radioactive materials (including
smoke detectors), tires.