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Household Chemical Collection Events

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 contact the PRC for assistance.
  • Please visit PNC's events calendar for a complete list of the 2016 Household Chemical Collection events.
  • For events outside of Western Pennsylvania please contact your County Recycling Coordinator.

PRC ACCEPTS the following items or materials at its Household Chemical Collection Events:
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. Please note that these items in leaky containers cannot be accepted! Any type of commercial type waste will also NOT be accepted.
Tip: 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 bucket, etc.
If you have questions about specific products, please call the Household Chemical Collections hotline at (412) 488-7452.


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).

2019 Events
All events run from 9am to 1pm

CLICK HERE for the most up-to-date list of PRC collections events, hours, fees, and list of acceptable materials.

  • Allegheny County #1
    North Park Swimming Pool parking lot
    May 4, 2019
  • Cambria County
    Concurrent Technologies Corporation ETF Facility, Johnstown, PA
    May 18, 2019
  • Fayette County
    Fayette County Fairgrounds, Dunbar, PA
    June 22, 2019
  • Washington County
    Wild Things Park, Washington, PA
    July 20, 2019
  • Allegheny County #2
    Boyce Park Four Seasons Ski Lodge parking lot (GPS address: 750 Center Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15239)
    August 17, 2019
  • Allegheny County #3
    South Park Wave Pool parking lot
    September 21, 2019
  • Beaver County
    Bradys Run Park Recycling Center
    October 12, 2019

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. They strive 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


Pennsylvania Resources Council
What Is Household Chemical Waste

Household Chemical Waste generally falls into six categories:

  • Cleaning Products: aerosols, bathroom cleaners, drain cleaners, chlorine bleach, solvents, spot removers, toilet cleaners, oven cleaners, rug and floor cleaners, furniture polish.
  • Auto Maintenance: car waxes, starting fluids, solvent cleaners, antifreeze, repair products, batteries, brake fluid, motor oil, and gasoline.
  • 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.
  • Hobby Products: glues, paints, stains, finishes, contact cement, and photographic chemicals.
  • 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 Events:
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.

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