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 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.
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 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:
2018 HHW Collection Event
Date: Saturday, May 19, 2018Time: 8:30am - 2pm (SHARP)Location: Northampton Community College, 3835 Green Pond Rd., Bethlehem 18020. Northampton County residents can also bring tires (there is a fee for recycling tire collection),
Please note: Tires will be collected for a fee. Prices are based on weight (Bicycle Tires $1/each; Automobile & Small Truck Tires $2.50/each; Tractor Trailer Tire $5.50/each). Rims are okay to leave on, NO MUDDY TIRES.
STOP: Scrap metal (appliances, white goods), Electronics, Latex Paint, Smoke Detectors, Medical Waste and Prescriptions will not be collected at the 2018 HHW Collection event.
DROP-OFF EVENT GUIDELINES: • Due to anticipated attendance, expect to wait.• Quick drop-offs are not accepted and will be treated as illegal dumps.• There is a fee for recycling tires and rubber.• 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.
2018 HHW Collection Event Flyer
Household Hazardous Waste Brochure
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.