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.
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.
As a Last ResortIf 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.
• Due to anticipated attendance, expect to wait.• Quick drop-offs are not accepted and will be treated as illegal dumps.• The County will NOT accept commercial/industrial waste. Businesses and Contractors will be turned away.• The County will NOT accept material which cannot be legally disposed of at a hazardous waste facility, meaning non-hazardous items will not be accepted.• Bring substances in original containers with labels.• Gas containers returned upon request.• Tighten lids. If containers are leaking, pack in larger container with newspaper to soak up leaks. • Event workers will unload your materials, remain in your vehicle. • Please refrain from smoking while at the collection event.
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
Household Hazardous Waste Brochure
Product Label Explanation
EPA's Safer Choice Program
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.