Clean out the closets, the garage, the basement and the garden shed! A July 20 collection event organized by the Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) will provide residents of the area with an opportunity to safely and cost-effectively dispose of common household chemicals such as cleaners, paints, stains and varnishes, batteries, motor oil and pesticides.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, an average home can easily accumulate 100 pounds of products containing potentially hazardous chemicals.

The next PRC household chemical collection will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at Wild Things Park, One Washington Federal Way, Washington.

The cost to safely dispose of materials at this collection is $3 a gallon (a few exceptions apply), cash only. Once collected and processed by the certified contractor, materials will be recycled, incinerated or safely disposed in special landfills.

Since launching household chemical collections in 2003, PRC and its partners have collected and safely disposed of nearly 5 million pounds of chemicals from approximately 50,000 households in Western Pennsylvania.

For information – and a complete list of items accepted – visit or call PRC at 412-488-7452 or the Washington County Planning Commission at 724-228-6811.

The 2019 household chemical collection campaign is a project of the Pennsylvania Resources Council in conjunction with Allegheny County Health Department, Allegheny County Parks Department, Beaver County commissioners, Cambria County Solid Waste Authority, Fayette County commissioners, Washington County commissioners, Colcom Foundation, LANXESS, NOVA Chemicals, PA American Water, PA Department of Environmental Protection, UPMC, Concurrent Technologies Corporation, Washington Wild Things, Washington County Family Entertainment and NewsRadio 1020 KDKA.

Managing Editor

Brant Newman is a managing editor for news at the Observer-Reporter. Brant, who came to the Observer-Reporter in 1990 after working as an editor for United Press International, is also a member of the newspaper's editorial board.

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