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Hazardous waste collection event upcoming

by on April 18, 2019 10:27 AM

STATE COLLEGE — Spring is in the air and for many people that means spring cleaning. And spring cleaning might mean finding some old hazardous products in the house or garage that you are not sure how to set rid off. Well, the Household Hazardous Waste Collection event offers the community a free, safe and convenient way to dispose of those materials.  

“This is the time that if homeowners are cleaning out those basements, garages and sheds and you have those really bad chemicals that you don’t want to throw away, you don’t want to pour them down the drain and you don’t know what to do with them….This is a one-time-a-year free event to make sure that they are properly disposed of and properly recycled,” said Amy Schirf of the Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority.

The event takes place Friday, April 26, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, April 27, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at CCRRA, located at 253 Transfer Road near the Nittany Mall off Route 26.

Community members can bring insecticides, weed killers, pool chemicals, cleaners, poisons, corrosives, flammables, oil based paints, CFL bulbs, fluorescent tubes and most other hazardous chemicals to be properly disposed of, but they must come from households only.
Some things that will not be accepted are latex paint, motor oil, antifreeze, medications or batteries.

Those who come to the event should put the hazardous materials in a box or container in the vehicle and the staff on site will take the materials directly out of the vehicle, so those coming do not even need to open their car door.

“It is painless and there is really never a line. We try to get people through as quickly as possible,” said Schirf.

Also, in an effort to fill up the Little Free Libraries in the area, people are encouraged to bring a new or gently used children’s book to the collection and it will be donated it to a local school.

Vincent Corso is writer for Town&Gown and the Centre County Gazette.
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