Upcoming collections to accept e-waste, household chemicals, pharmaceuticals, materials for reuse and more

Mark your 2017 calendar now for dates to drop off a wide variety of materials – ranging from computers and household chemicals to usable building materials and unwanted medications – at upcoming collections sponsored by the Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) and its partners.
“The Pennsylvania Resources Council provides residents of the commonwealth with numerous options to conveniently and cost-effectively dispose of a wide variety of materials,” according to PRC Regional Director Justin Stockdale.  “Since details vary for each of these opportunities, we encourage individuals to visit our website at www.prc.org or call PRC at (412) 488-7452 for complete details.”
LAUNCH Saturday, May 6, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at North Park Swimming Pool parking lot, Allegheny County
Individuals can drop off automotive fluids, household cleaners, pesticides, paints and other household chemicals for a cost of $3/gallon (a few exceptions apply), cash only.  NEW IN 2017: collections will accept camp fuel and small propane bottles.
2017 household chemical collection schedule:
  • May 6 (North Park, Allegheny County)
  • May 20 (Concurrent Technologies Corporation ETF Facility, Johnstown, Cambria County)
  • July 22 (Consol Energy Park, Washington County)
  • August 19 (Boyce Park, Allegheny County)
  • September 16 (South Park, Allegheny County)
  • October 14 (Bradys Run Park, Beaver County)
LAUNCH Saturday, May 13, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills, Frazer Township, Allegheny County
Individuals can drop off “e-waste” such as computer towers and peripheral equipment, cell phones, printer/toner cartridges, CFLs and expandable polystyrene packaging material at no cost.
For a fee, individuals can drop off televisions and computer monitors, alkaline batteries, fluorescent tubes, printers, small Freon appliances and tires.
2017 hard-to-recycle collection schedule:
  • May 13 (Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills, Frazer Township, Allegheny County)
  • June 24 (Quaker Valley High School, Leetsdale, Allegheny County)
  • July 29 (La Roche College, McCandless, Allegheny County)
  • August 12 (Century III Mall, West Mifflin, Allegheny County)
  • October 7 (Settlers Cabin Park, Allegheny County)
Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at numerous locations throughout region (including many municipal buildings and police departments)
Individuals can drop off unwanted and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications at no cost during U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s nationwide DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY.
PRC and Pennsylvania American Water will sponsor three collection events in western Pennsylvania (Green Tree, Mt. Lebanon and Robinson Township).  Visit www.prc.org for details.
Nationwide on Drug Take-Back Day, more than 5,000 collection sites will enable patients, caregivers and pet owners to properly dispose of unwanted prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications at no cost.  Visit www.dea.gov for a complete list of drop-off locations.
“REUSE FEST” takes place on EARTH DAY
Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in UPMC Passavant Green Lot off Babcock Boulevard, McCandless, Allegheny County
Individuals can drop off items for reuse including medical equipment, usable building materials, clothing, furniture and more. The 6th annual ReuseFest supports local non-profits including Animal Rescue League, Brother’s Brother, Catholic Charities, Construction Junction, Free Ride, Global Links, Goodwill, MERP (Medical Equipment Recycling Program), Off the Floor and Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse.
For complete collection event information, visit www.prc.org or call PRC at (412) 488-7452.