EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Many products that are used around the house, such as insecticides, cleaning products or rechargeable batteries, are considered hazardous and should never be placed in the trash or emptied down the drain. These items can pollute our waterways and the environment when disposed of incorrectly. Sometimes, they can even cause truck fires and endanger sanitation workers when placed in the regular trash.
Atlantic County residents are encouraged to bring these items to ACUA’s Household Hazardous Waste Drop-offs instead. The next event will be held 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 7 at the ACUA’s Environmental Park, located at 6700 Delilah Road in Egg Harbor Township.
Accepted items include insecticides, fertilizer, paint thinners, furniture polish, weed killers, pool chemicals, rat poison, rechargeable batteries, car and boat batteries, auto care products, gasoline, rust remover, and oven cleaners. Unused household hand sanitizer has been added to the list of accepted items because of its flammable properties. Residents are encouraged to visit the ACUA’s website, www.acua.com/hhw for a comprehensive list of what’s accepted and what is not accepted along with helpful information on how to prepare.
Residents will need to provide proof of Atlantic County residency such as your driver’s license or a tax bill. The maximum amount of household hazardous material allowed for disposal is 20 gallons and/or 200 pounds (dry weight) per household. Participants may bring materials from more than one Atlantic County household, so you can help a family member or neighbor to save travel time and gas.
Residents bringing materials for disposal should remain in their vehicle. Items should be placed in a recyclable or disposable container, such as a cardboard box, that can be safely removed from the vehicle and discarded. Containers will not be returned.
To safely package and transport household hazardous waste, please follow these guidelines: keep all products in original containers or other container if not possible; wrap leaking containers in newspaper and place in plastic bag or garbage container; place items securely in a box for transport; keep chemicals which could react with one another separated; and do not leave materials in hot, unventilated areas for long periods of time.
If you miss the May 7 event, additional drop-offs will be held on June 4, July 9, Sept. 10, and Nov. 5.
For more information, please call 609-272-6950 or visit the ACUA’s website at www.acua.com/hhw.