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Commissioners Announce Next Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Program Date

June 19, 2014
Collection to Take Place, Rain or Shine, Sat., June 21, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Upper Bucks Area Vo-Tech, 3315 Ridge Rd., Bedminster Twp.
Bucks County residents continue to recycle at an ever-increasing pace. Already this year, in Bristol and Lower Makefield townships, the county’s Household Hazardous Waste and Computer Recycling Program has collected over 100,000 pounds of waste and continues to offer a golden opportunity to dispose of items that might affect the environment if disposed of improperly.

The program will make the third of eight 2014 county stops on Saturday, June 21, rain or shine, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Upper Bucks Area Vo-Tech, which is located at 3315 Ridge Rd., Bedminster Twp. Last year, the Upper Bucks site drew 1014 participants in 899 vehicles, a 25% increase in participants since 2008. After the program’s inception in 1991, more than 84,000 people have taken advantage of the program, which is sponsored by the commissioners and the Planning Commission and directed by county Recycling Coordinator Arthur Feltes.

Please note that the June 21 collection is for household hazardous waste only. The next electronics collection will take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (rain or shine) on Saturday, June 28 at the Palisades Middle School, 4710 Durham Rd., Kintnersville, PA 18930.

“We are thrilled with the progress this program has made. Recycling programs such as this promote responsible practices and protect Bucks County’s environment,” said Robert G. Loughery, chairman of the Bucks County Board of Commissioners. “Successful programs such as the Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Program help ensure that the environment will remain thriving for future generations in Bucks County.”

Participating households may dispose of up to 25 gallons or 220 pounds of hazardous materials at the drop-off points. The program is NOT open to businesses. Acceptable items include pesticides (Chlordane, Malathion, rodent poison, etc.), flammables (oil-based paint, paint thinner spot removers, gasoline, kerosene, heating oil), caustics (ammonia-based cleaners, oven cleaner, drain cleaner), toxics (photographic chemicals, pool chemicals, weed killer, antifreeze, mercury), button-type household batteries, lead-acid batteries (car, marine, motorcycle and truck) and propane tanks of 20 pounds or less. Unacceptable items include latex paint, appliances, biological waste, tires, explosives and asbestos.