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Hazardous waste drop-off

Contractors remove hazardous household waste from vehicles during a drop-off event in Cumberland County in 2018.

Cumberland County announced it will offer three dates for drop-off of hazardous household waste this summer.

The county said it is expanding its Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Program by adding days to participate with pre-registration available online at www.signupgenius.com.

County residents or small businesses can drop off hazardous household waste at the county recycling center at 1001 Claremont Road, Carlisle, for a 30-cent per pound disposal fee, on the following dates:

  • Thursday, July 18, from noon to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 19, from noon to 6 p.m.

Those who wish to drop something off must pre-register for a specific date and time, which will reduce congestion at the recycling center, according to the county. Appointments will be made in 15-minute intervals and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. A limit of 12 customers will be scheduled for each appointment time.

Pre-registration can also be made by calling the county’s recycling and waste department at 717-240-6489 on weekdays.

Cash is the preferred payment, though credit and debit cards will be accepted with an additional 1.5 percent convenience fee for debit cards and a 2.5 percent convenience fee for credit cards. Both cards have a minimum convenience fee of $2.50.

The county said the program costs the county about $1 per pound to operate, and state funds and private sponsorships are offsetting some of the cost.

Items that will be accepted are: adhesives, glues and sealants; antifreeze and car care products; car batteries; driveway sealers; drain cleaners, degreasers and oven cleaners; fire extinguishers; fluorescent light tubes and bulbs; gasoline, diesel fuel and kerosene; hydrochloric, sulfuric and other acids; latex paint and paint-related products; lubricating sprays; mercury and mercury-containing devices; motor oil; oil-based paints, stains and varnishes; oil-based paint cleaners, thinners and removers; pesticides, insecticides, herbicides and fertlizers; pool chemicals; and propane cylinders, up to 20 pounds.

The maximum accepted container size is 5 gallons, according to the county. Businesses are limited to 2,200 pounds of waste.

The county said it collected nearly 61 tons of hazardous household waste last year from almost 1,100 residents and businesses. Since the program’s inception in 1998, the program has disposed of more than 912 tons of waste.

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