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 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.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events (HHW) for County residents are proudly supported by the Northampton County Department of Public Works & Northampton Community College (NCC) and made possible through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP). 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.
The 2018 HHW Collection Event will be held 8:30am - 2pm on May 19, 2018 at Northampton Community College, 3835 Green Pond Rd., Bethlehem 18020. Northampton County residents can also bring tires*, please see the 2018 HHW Collection Event flyer for details. Please note scrap metal (appliances, white goods) will not be collected at the 2018 HHW Collection event.
* There is a fee for recycle tire collection
2018 HHW Collection Event.pdf
Household Hazardous Waste Brochure