Household hazardous waste and e-waste collection scheduled

Seventy-three Chester County municipalities are hosting a household hazardous waste and electronics collection event for Chester County residents on Saturday, Sept. 7 at the New Garden Township maintenance garage on Route 41 near Newark Road (8934 Gap Newport Road, Landenberg). The collection site will open at 9 a.m. and will close at 3 p.m. sharp. For the first time, electronics will be collected at this event.

You may be asked for proof of residency. This collection is not for businesses or contractors.

Acceptable materials include TVs, old computers and peripherals and no more than 220 pounds or 25 gallons per household of cleaning and maintenance products that are labeled as toxic, poisonous, caustic, flammable, ignitable, corrosive, reactive, caution, warning, danger or hazardous.

Unacceptable materials are latex paint, used motor oil, household alkaline batteries, tires, medical waste, gas cylinders, smoke detectors, unidentified waste, commercial and industrial waste, explosives, ammunition and appliances containing Freon.

Residents should not bring latex paint to household hazardous waste collection events. Latex paint is not hazardous. Solidify paint by either air drying small quantities or pouring the paint into a plastic trash bag with an absorbent material like newspaper, rags, sawdust or clay-based kitty litter and placing the bag and the opened can in the trash. Oil-based paint should be brought to a household hazardous waste collection event.

Interested residents can visit www.chestercountyswa.org or call their municipality or the Chester County Solid Waste Authority at 610-273-3772, ext. 228 for information on how to properly handle unacceptable materials and for the other regional collection events scheduled.