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The annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2023
Online pre-registration is required to participate in this event.
Registration is CLOSED.
If you do not already have an appointment and valid confirmation ticket you will not be able to participate in the 2023 event.

2024 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event: Check back for information. A date will be announced once details are confirmed.

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Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is waste produced in our households that is hazardous in nature, but not regulated as hazardous waste under federal and state laws.  HHW is that portion of a household product that is no longer usable, is left-over or unwanted, and has to be disposed of. The labels on hazardous products typically use words like CAUTION, DANGER, WARNING, COMBUSTIBLE, CORROSIVE, EXPLOSIVE, TOXIC, POISON, or FLAMMABLE.

• 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.

There is no dedicated drop off facility in Northampton County that accepts household hazardous waste.  HHW Collection Events provide County residents with access to proper HHW disposal.  If you reside within the County, you can take HHW products to an annual collection event free of charge.  Acceptable waste must be generated in a home, and not affiliated with any commercial business, contractor, nonprofit, organization, institution or out-of-county residence.  Staff has the right to determine and refuse unauthorized material.  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:
       □ 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.

EPA's Safer Choice Program
Hazardous Waste Contractors


 Northampton County HHW Program

  • 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

One-day annual collection event are offered to Northampton County residents at no cost to them.  Northampton County does not use general fund tax dollars.  Disposal costs and coordination are paid for by the Northampton County Recycling and Sustainability Fund, with contributions provided by Waste Management's Grand Central Sanitary and Alliance Landfills.
ChemSweep Funds are provided by the PA Department of Agriculture and Support of grants is available through PA Department of Environmental Protection.
PADEP offers a reimbursement program that provides 50% match for eligible household hazardous waste program expenses.
Northampton Community College has provided use of their facility and assisted with setup and security since 2006. 

HHW material brought to collection events are collected and treated by a DEP licensed hauler and facility.  

Covered Devices defined as electronic waste (Ewaste) are not considered hazardous waste material under Act 190 and does not receive any State funding for proper disposal.  Those using Ewaste programs are required to pay fees where they apply.


 HHW Collection Event

Saturday, September 30, by appointment only.
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Showing up without an appointment or not at your designated time will result in being turned away. Follow the link to register for an event timeslot.  An Eventbrite user account is needed to sign up for event participation.  You will not be able to register the day of the event. 

Registration opens August 30, 2023, 8:00AM
Or you can copy & paste the event link into your web browser:

After successfully registering, you will be issued a confirmation email with an event ticket from Eventbrite.  Please print, your ticket, or have your confirmation email accessible on your smart phone for check-in.   If you need to cancel your appointment, please do so as soon as possible through your Eventbrite account.

When to Arrive: Please arrive within your assigned time slot, so that we can safely space out traffic at the site.
Confirmation Ticket:Have your printed confirmation available so that it can be provided to staff checking in vehicles, or have your ticket ready to view from your smart phone. 
Proof of Residency is required.  A valid driver’s license or utility bill matching the registration information is required to complete your check-in.

 Drop-Off Event Guidelines

  • Double check the waste items you plan to bring with the list of accepted and restricted materials.
  • Place your waste items in your trunk, cargo-area, truck bed.
  • Remove items from these areas that are not intended for the event.
  • You may arrive any time within your registered appointment window.
  • Event workers will unload your materials. Remain in your vehicle and unlock the trunk or rear gate for event staff to access boxed materials.
  • Keep chemicals in their original container and never mix products. If you can't read the label mark "unknown".
  • Make certain all containers are tightly sealed to avoid spillage. Pack newspaper around any leaking containers.
  • There will be no pour offs. Be prepared to drop off and leave behind any container with liquid (such as gas cans).
  • If it is necessary to have your containers returned, write "RETURN" on a note and attach it to the container. You will be directed to pull out of line and will need to wait until the container is emptied and can be given to you.
  • Transport chemicals in a cardboard box. NO plastic tubs. The time spent emptying plastic tubs for return slows down the collection line.
  • Quick drop-offs are not accepted and will be treated as illegal dumps.
  • The County will NOT accept wastes from businesses, contractors, municipalities, non-profits, organizations, institutions and out-of-county households – you will be turned away.
  • There is a limit of 30 gallons or 80 lbs. of solid material waste per participating household. No 25- or 50-gallon drums will be accepted.

 Accepted Materials

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

 Unacceptable Materials

NO Tires, Electronics, Appliances ● Scrap Metal ● White Goods, Explosives, Ammunition, Radioactive Waste, Fireworks /Flares, Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detectors, Infectious / Medical Waste / SHARPS , Latex Paint (Water-Based), Unidentified Waste, Bulk waste, Commercial / Industrial waste, Pressurized CFCs & HCFCs (refrigerants), Gas Cylinders, Helium Tanks

 What happens to my HHW after I drop it off?

​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.


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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 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.

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