Sep 08, 2020
While we may not always
think of them as dangerous, many products that residents regularly use 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 cause fires and endanger sanitation workers, our
waterways and the environment when disposed of incorrectly. In fact, ACUA has experienced three
fires in the past two years on its collection vehicles from rechargeable lithium-ion
and nickel-cadmium batteries incorrectly placed in residential trash.
County residents should dispose of any household hazardous waste at one of ACUA’s
convenient drop-offs throughout the year. The next drop-off is this Saturday,
September 12, 2020 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the ACUA Environmental Park located
at 6700 Delilah Road in Egg Harbor Township.
to the accepted items list is unused household hand sanitizer because of its
Other 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
drop-off is open to Atlantic County residents. Those wishing to participate
must bring proof of residency. 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,
which can save time and gas money.
Due to the coronavirus, all
residents should wear masks. Residents must remain in their vehicle. Items
should be placed in a recyclable or throwaway container, such as a cardboard
box, that can be safely removed from the vehicle and discarded.
safely package and transport household hazardous waste, the following
guidelines should be followed: keep all products in original containers; 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, un-ventilated
areas for long periods of time.
bringing a material, please be sure that it is an accepted product by calling (609)
272-6950 or visiting the ACUA’s website at www.acua.com/hhw. After September 12,
the next drop-off is Saturday, November 7, 2020.