Household Hazardous Waste
Several types of wastes must be handled separately from regular trash.
* Many materials used in the home and garden are considered household hazardous waste and must not be thrown into your trash. They can cause serious safety and health problems in transportation or disposal facilities. Household hazardous wastes that should not be thrown in your trash are:
* E-waste: televisions, computers and cell phones
* Fire extinguishers
* Mercury-containing devices, such as flourescent bulbs (including compact bulbs), ballasts & thermometers
* Automobile products (i.e., antifreeze, transmission/brake fluids, batteries, oil, gasoline, etc.)
* Cleansers (i.e., oven cleaners, toilet cleaners, disinfectants, drain cleaners,
* Rug/upholstery cleaners, bleach, ammonia-based cleaners, abrasive cleaners/powders, etc.)
* Floor/furniture polishes
* Gasoline or kerosene
* Household batteries
* Chemistry sets
* Paints and paint-related products (i.e., stains, turpentine, thinner, rust protectant, etc.)
* Pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides
* Photographic chemicals
* Pool chemicals
* You may dispose of materials on this list at the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority’s Household Hazardous Waste Facility. The facility, located at 1299 Harrisburg Pike (near the Park City mall), has daytime and limited evening and weekend hours; you must call the Authority at 397-9968 for an appointment to drop off materials. HOMEOWNERS ARE NOT CHARGED FOR THIS SERVICE. Please visit their website at www.lcswma.org for additional information.
Please note that the center only accepts materials generated in a Lancaster County residence as a result of normal household activities. Any materials from businesses, schools and farms will not be accepted; disposal services for those materials are available locally. Call the Authority for further information.
Other items the center does not accept include explosives and ammunition. Call the Authority for special instructions about how to handle these wastes.
You may dispose of household batteries at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility. Or, you may use the plastic battery collection bags provided by the Authority or Lancaster Township office. Place all household batteries in the special collection bag. When the bag is full, put it next to your refuse container(s). Our trash hauler will collect the bag during regular trash pick-up.
Each week you may include one 32-gallon, 30-pound container of waste from construction or demolition activities at your home in with your regular trash as long as you don’t exceed the three bag/container limit. If you have more than one container, or the waste will not fit into a 32-gallon bag or can, you can deliver the materials to the Authority’s transfer station.