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 Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

Many common household products contain hazardous substances. These materials are hazardous because they contain chemicals that are corrosive, explosive, reactive, flammable, poisonous or toxic. These products become household hazardous waste (HHW) once the consumer no longer has use for them. 

   The average household throws 15.5 pounds of hazardous materials into the trash every year. Household hazardous materials are disposed of in other ways, as well. They are 
   poured down the drain and end up in the sewer or septic systems. Dumping HHW into septic systems kills bacteria that are necessary for the proper functioning of the system.
   Disposing of HHW in landfills may contaminate ground and surface waters, ruining drinking water and killing fish and wildlife. Pesticides can damage sewage treatment plants,
   and oil poured into storm drains can flow directly into streams and ponds.

Product Label Explanation


There is no dedicated drop off facility in Northampton County that accepts Household Hazardous Waste.  HHW Collection Events provide County residents with convenient access to proper HHW disposal.  If you live in a participating community, you can take
HHW products to a collection event free of charge.  Proof of residency is required.

          ● Be sure to read product labels for disposal directions to reduce the risk of products exploding, igniting, leaking, mixing with other chemicals, or posing other
           hazards on the way to a disposal facility.

          ● If you cannot attend a county collection event, please consider asking a friend or neighbor to take the items to the event for proper disposal.

Household Hazardous Waste Brochure

As a Last Resort
If you are unable to wait for a County program offering, you can consider contacting a hazardous waste company to inquire 
about disposal of HHW materials from your home (fees will apply), or you may legally dispose of them in your household trash provided that:

       You have looked at the label for any disposal instructions and complied with them.
       Liquids have been allowed to evaporate or have been absorbed by a material such as vermiculite, cat litter, sawdust, etc.
       The material has been carefully packaged (i.e. double bagged) to prevent leakage.
        Large quantities are intermingled with your other household trash in small batches over several collection days.

 

 

 2019 HHW Collection Event

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 Northampton County HHW Program

Objectives
  • Reduce the volume of toxic materials entering our landfills, sewers, and natural surroundings
  • Reduce community exposure to toxic materials
  • Protect solid waste worker's health
  • Safeguard groundwater from toxic contaminants

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events (HHW) for County residents are proudly supported by the Northampton County Department of Public Works and made possible through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP).  All HHW products brought to County Household Hazardous Waste Collection event are collected and treated by a DEP licensed facility.


Northampton County does not use general fund tax dollars for its Recycling & Waste program expenses.  Those using the programs are required to pay fees where they apply

EPA's Safer Choice Program

 

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 Participating Communities

​Allen Township ● Bangor Borough ● Bath Borough ● City of Bethlehem ● Bethlehem Township ● Bushkill Township ● Chapman Borough ● East   Allen Township ● East Bangor Borough ● City of Easton ● Forks Township ● Freemansburg Borough ● Glendon Borough ●  Hanover Township ● Hellertown Borough ● Lehigh  Township ● Lower Mt. Bethel ● Lower Nazareth ● Lower Saucon Township ● Moore Township ● Nazareth Borough ● North Catasaqua ● Northampton Borough ● Palmer Township ● Pen Argyl Borough ● Plainfield Township ● Portland Borough ●  Roseto Borough ●  Stockertown Borough  ● Tatamy Borough ● Upper Mt.   Bethel Township ● Upper Nazareth Township ● Walnutport Borough ● Washington Township ● 
West Easton Borough ● Williams Township ● Wilson Borough ● Wind Gap Borough

 
Proof of Residency is required to participate in Northampton County Collection Events.

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