Montgomery County’s household hazardous waste collection is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 8 at Abington Junior High School. The free residential collection opportunity, located at 2056 Susquehanna Rd, is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine.
Toxic and flammable household chemicals will be collected for proper disposal. Acceptable items include gasoline, oil, kerosene, turpentine, paint thinner, oil paint, stains, varnish, pool chemicals, herbicides, pesticides, antifreeze, caustic cleaners and solvents, mercury, thermometers, flares, fire extinguishers, lead acid batteries, rechargeable batteries, fluorescent tube light bulbs, CFL bulbs, mini-propane canisters, and electric oil filled heaters. Containers will be returned upon request.
Items not eligible for disposal include: electronics; appliances; asbestos; explosives; ammunition; medical waste; radioactive waste; smoke detectors; items containing Freon; and tires.
Latex or water-based paint is not hazardous and can be placed in the trash once it is dry. Air dry latex paint or add absorbent material like kitty litter until the paint becomes a solid.
Alkaline household batteries are not hazardous and should be thrown in the trash.
Prescription medications should be disposed of in the secure drop boxes located in many area police stations, a list of which can be found in the recycling guide at www.MontgomeryCountyRecycles.org. Propane or helium tanks should be taken to locations listed in the recycling guide.