Essential Pittsburgh
3:28 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Don’t Dump That There! What To Do With Household Chemicals

The drain is not the answer.
The drain is not the answer.
Credit PA Resources Council / Flickr

How do you get rid of those dusty rusty paint cans, expired medications, old thermometers, batteries, cleaners, and other household chemicals? The PA Resources Council has accumulated 3.5 million pounds of waste and over the last 10 years. They're ready to hold their 69th collection of household chemicals.

The disposal of these chemicals can be dangerous, says environmental program coordinator Mike Stepaniak. And because of that danger, he warns that people should not attempt to discard these products themselves. They should instead come out to a disposal event.

Stepaniak points out that pharmaceuticals will be part of the upcoming collection,with the help of the Drug Enforcement Agency. It’s a one day collection of over the counter and prescription medications where people can turn them in with no questions asked.

Collected chemicals are typically disposed of in one of three ways: recycling, incineration, and landfills.

The next collection will be held Saturday September 21 at the South Park Wave Pool Parking Lot from 9am to 1pm.

There is a fee for the collection and transactions are to be done on a cash only basis. For more information visit the organization’s website or contact the organization on their hotline at 412-488-7452.