**Please note: All county-wide Collection Events previously scheduled have been cancelled. Pre-registration, with an assigned time to drop-off, will be required in order to participate in future County collection events.**
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.
Automotive Waste Recycling Battery RecyclingBulb/Lamp RecyclingEPA's Safer Choice Program
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
The next HHW Collection event has not been scheduled at this time.
Pre-registration will be required for all county-wide collection events.
→ 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, non-hazardous items will not be accepted.→ Bring substances in original containers with labels.→ Do not mix different products together.→ Gas containers returned only upon request.→ Secure and 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. → For safe unloading, keep wastes separate from other items remaining in vehicle.→ Please refrain from smoking while at the collection event.
Paint Products: Oil-Based Paints, Removers, Shellac, Solvents, Spray paint, Stains, Strippers , Varnish, Thinners, Turpentine
Automotive Products: Automotive fluids: Motor oil, Transmission / Starter / Brake fluid, Antifreeze, Fuel additives, Gas, Oil, Gas Oil Mixture, Grease & Rust Solvents
Outdoor Products: Asphalt / Driveway Sealers, MINI Propane Tanks, Fertilizer, Pesticides, Herbicides, Insecticides, Weed killers, Roof Cement, Swimming Pool Chemicals
Household Products: Acids, Caustics, Adhesives, Glues, Aerosols, Batteries (Auto / Lead-acid / Marine / Rechargeable / Lithium / Ni-Cad / Button), Caulking Compounds, Cleaners, Degreasers, Drain Openers, Fire Extinguishers, Flammables, Fluorescent Tubes, Ballast, and CFLs, Joint Compound, Kerosene, Mercury (Thermostats & Thermometers), Mothballs / Flakes, Oxidizers, Reactives, Wallpaper Cements
• NO Tires• NO Electronics • NO Appliances • Scrap Metal • White Goods • NO Explosives • Ammunition • Radioactive Waste • Fireworks / Flares • NO Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detectors • NO Infectious / Medical Waste / SHARPS • NO Latex Paint (Water-Based) • NO Unidentified Waste • NO Bulk waste • NO Commercial / Industrial waste • NO Pressurized CFCs & HCFCs (refrigerants) • NO Gas Cylinders • Helium Tanks
A licensed hazardous waste company will be on site to receive, sort, package, load and transport all collected HHW off site to an approved disposal facility. Treatment methods include fuels blending, recycling, incineration, neutralization, and reuse.
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 Township ● Lower Nazareth Township ● Lower Saucon Township ● Moore Township ● Nazareth Borough ● North Catasaqua Borough ● 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
*Collection events are for residents residing within Northampton County. Those that do not, please contact Lehigh County Government Center.
Proof of Residency is required to participate in Northampton County Collection Events.