Household Hazardous Waste
Solid Waste Haulers and HHW - A "catch-22" that homeowners often encounter is that while it is legal to put HHW in their regular trash, the waste hauler that collects the trash may choose not to haul the HHW. It is not uncommon, for example, for a waste hauler to refuse to haul liquid HHW products (i.e. paint, driveway sealer). In these cases, the homeowner will have to take steps to solidify the liquids, or may have to dispose of the HHW by taking it directly to a landfill or transfer station, or by participating in a HHW collection program.
Since 1998, Cumberland County has offered a HHW collection program in an attempt to give the residents of Cumberland County an alternative disposal method for these types of wastes. This consisted of a drop-off program from 1998 to 2009, and a door-to-door program from 2011 to 2013. The historical results for all years are presented below. Due to lower than expected participation and higher per unit costs, the door-to-door program was terminated and a return was made to drop-off events in 2014. Four events are scheduled in 2023 - Thursday, April 13; Saturday, June 17; Saturday, August 19; and Thursday, October 26. Click here for more details and to sign up.
Other HHW Disposal Options
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.
Visit our Forms and Fact Sheets web page for additional information on HHW, including instructions on how to prepare certain types of HHW for disposal in the trash and information on safer alternatives to certain types of HHW.
Household Hazardous Waste Program Historical Data
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- Number of Participants: 22,646
- Tons Collected: 1,154.54