The York County Solid Waste Authority has tentatively rescheduled its free residential household hazardous waste (HHW) collection program for Saturday, October 3, 2020. The event was postponed in May due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The HHW program will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Authority’s Ash Recycling and Processing Facility located at 2650 Blackbridge Road pending the status of the pandemic.
Residents who bring in a mercury-containing device such as a thermostat, thermometer or elemental mercury will receive a $5 gift card for Lowe’s. Covanta York Renewable Energy, the operator of the Authority’s waste-to-energy facility, is partnering with the Authority to sponsor the gift card exchange to encourage residents to eliminate mercury from the waste stream. There is a one gift card limit per household. Compact fluorescent light bulbs are not eligible for the gift card exchange but will be accepted at the HHW program. There are a limited number of gift cards available for distribution on.
Residents who are unable to make it to the October 3 event may dispose of their HHW in their regular garbage. Under state regulation, residential households are exempt from state hazardous waste regulations and may dispose of household hazardous waste in their regular garbage. Because York County uses waste-to-energy technology to manage municipal solid waste, waste is combusted at a high temperature in enclosed, environmentally controlled combustion units and emissions are managed via advanced emissions technology.
Household hazardous waste includes any products from the home that are corrosive (drain cleaners or bleach), flammable (gasoline), reactive (chemistry kits) or toxic (pesticides). The program benefits York County by identifying hazardous wastes found in the home and providing an opportunity to manage these materials in a safe and efficient manner.
All York County homeowners or residential tenants are eligible to bring their household hazardous waste to the collection site. There is no fee to participate. Business and government entities are not eligible to participate. The program is made possible by funding generated from tipping fees collected at the York County Resource Recovery Center and a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. After collection, a licensed hazardous waste commercial hauler hired by the Authority will transport the material to permitted hazardous waste sites. These facilities will recycle the materials collected.
The York County Solid Waste Authority facilitates responsible solid waste management through an integrated strategy that emphasizes waste reduction, education, recycling and resource recovery. The Authority is the owner of the York County Resource Recovery Center in Manchester Township; and owns and operates a Recyclable Materials Drop-off Center, a Residential Electronics Recycling Program, a Yard Waste Transfer Facility, an Ash Recycling and Processing Facility and an Education Center.
Ellen C. O’Connor
Manager, Community Services Division
York County Solid Waste Authority