Drop off your hazardous household chemicals at PPG Paints Arena

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IIf you’re spring cleaning, there’s a place you can dispose of old paint, automotive fluids, and other dangerous household chemicals that should never be thrown out with household trash.

The Pennsylvania Resource Council and the Pittsburgh Penguins are holding a household chemical collection at the PPG Paint Arena surface parking lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 16.

It will cost you $20 to deposit up to 10 gallons or 50 pounds of aerosols, automotive fluids, chemistry sets, e-cigarettes, gasoline and kerosene, household cleaners, mercury thermometers, paint products, pesticides/garden chemicals, photo chemicals and swimming pool chemicals. Loads exceeding 10 gallons or 50 pounds may be subject to additional charges.

In order to take advantage of the event, you must first register online.

All materials for recycling must be packed into trucks and truck beds and will be unloaded by staff at the event.

“Diverting household chemicals from landfills is important because many of them contain toxic elements that can leach into our waterways or introduce hazardous toxic materials into our environment,” according to the PRC Executive Director, Darren Spielman. “This year marks the 20th season of hosting PRC household chemical collection events, and we are proud to announce that we have facilitated the safe management of six million pounds of household chemicals collected during more than a hundred events.”

If you can’t attend the April 16 event, other recycling collections are planned for this summer and fall:

April 30: Bradys Run Park Recycling Center, Beaver County (register)
May 7: Parc Nord swimming pool parking lot (register)
May 21: Concurrent Technologies Corp. ETF Facility, Johnstown, Cambria County, Cambria County (registry)
June 18 Fayette County Recycling Center, Fayette County, Fayette County (register)
June 25: Wild Things Park, Washington County, Washington County (register)
August 20: Boyce Park, Four Seasons Ski Lodge parking lot (register)
Sept. 10: South Park, Wave Pool parking lot (register)
October 8: Bradys Run Park Recycling Center, Beaver County (register)

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