Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day
The next HHWC Day is scheduled for August 6, 2022.
In 2020 we collected 11.17 tons of hazardous waste from 456 vehicles in just three hours. That's removing an average of 49 pounds from a vehicle every 24 seconds! And of the 11-plus tons collected, 96% was recycled and 4% was incinerated. 0% hazardous waste went to a landfill. Stay tuned for 2021 statistics!
---- Important Safety Precautions for HHWC Day Participants ----
Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, please obey these special rules when participating in this year’s event. These rules are important for our safety and yours. If any of these instructions are unclear please call before the day of the event for clarification.
- Do not exit the vehicle at any time. There can be no exceptions.
- Household hazardous waste must be stored in the trunk of sedans or in the hatchback area. Nothing will be permitted to be taken out of any of the passenger doors of the vehicles.
- For SUVs and minivans, household hazardous waste should be stored in the area of the rear hatch. If seats are reclined, material must not reach the backdoor.
- Please do not store items that you intend to drop-off for HHWC in any container (i.e. storage bin, clothes hamper) that you are not willing to dispose of. We will not be able to return containers to vehicles. The exception to this rule are items such as fuel containers/gas cans. If you would like a fuel container returned please tape a message to the can that can easily be seen by workers.
- Please proceed through the area slowly and cautiously, paying attention to all directions provided by HHWC staff.
- For the safety of our staff, we ask that you not bring animals with you. We have had staff nearly bitten and scratched in the past by normally timid pets. The addition of personal protective equipment may alarm even the most docile animal.
Who Sponsors HHWC?
This event is made possible by...
- Morgantown Utility Board
- The City of Morgantown
- The Monongalia County Commission
- Republic Services
- Monongalia County Solid Waste Authority
- City of Westover
What is HHWC?
HHWC Day is an opportunity for Monongalia County residents to drop-off hazardous household waste (see list below). Virtually all households have some household hazardous waste. HHW is generally defined as a household waste that is toxic, flammable, reactive or corrosive. A substance is hazardous if it has the potential to harm human health and the environment. Commercial products like automotive fluids, pool chemicals, pesticides, oil-based paints and wood preservatives are all formulated with potential hazardous substances.
Saturday, August 7, 2021 - 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Morgantown Utility Board, 278 Greenbag Road
Residents of Monongalia County - Please bring proof of residency (driver's license or utility bill with a form of ID)
>>>>> NO BUSINESSES PERMITTED!
Household Hazardous Waste Collection (HHWC) protects the environment, the safety of local emergency providers and the health and safety of people in their homes.
How it works:
You simply drive up in your car. You will be greeted by a MUB staff person and directed between cones. When you arrive at the drop-off area, specially trained staff will remove the materials for you. For your safety and ours, please do not exit your vehicle!
Call 304.292.8443 or email Chris Dale at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: We reserve the right to turn any person away or to refuse to accept any product. There is a 5 gallon, 50 pound maximum per household!
For the safety of event workers, participants are asked not to bring pets. If a pet must be brought, please ensure it is properly restrained. This has been a significant issue in the past.
What is being accepted
- Arts/Crafts Supplies
- Batteries (All types)
- Drain/Oven/Floor cleaners
- Fluorescent Bulbs - including CFLs
- Freon (Canisters Only)
- Hydrochloric Acid
- Lawn & Garden Chemicals
- Lighter Fluid
- Motor Oil (Used)
- Gasoline (including that mixed with oil)
- Photo Chemicals
- Rodent Killers
- Mercury Thermometers
- Oil Filters (used)
- Propane Cylinders
- Fire Extinguishers
- Rust Preventatives
- Septic (cesspool) Cleaners
- Swimming Pool Chemicals
- Transmission Fluid
- Wood Preservatives
- Oil-Based Paints (NO LATEX PAINT) *
What is NOT being accepted
Mon County Recycling has a website that lists places to recycle a variety of items. Please visit http://www.moncountyrecycling.com and follow the top menu to "How do I dispose of...?"
- Computers - As of July 1 you can dispose of televisions and computer monitors (NOT computers) in your regular trash by calling your local waste disposal company beforehand and requesting a pickup.
- Cell phones
- Air conditioners
- Unmarked cylinders
- Commercial Farming/Agricultural Materials
- Infectious & Biological Waste
- Latex Paint *
- Medications (Please visit the FDA site for disposal directions)
- Radioactive Waste
- Smoke Detectors
- Business waste
- Asbestos containing materials
*Latex paints can be safely disposed of in your regular garbage AFTER following any of the methods below...
- Simply open the can and let it dry!
- Hang cardboard on a wall, or place cardboard on the ground, paint it with a brush or roller until the paint is used. Leave the top off the paint can, let all of the paint dry, and then dispose of it!
- Place newspaper in a cardboard box and pour in the paint. Leave the top off the paint can, let all of the paint dry, and then dispose of it!
- Mix an absorbent (like sawdust or kitty litter) with the paint, mix, let dry and throw away!