Residents of Lower Providence may not be sure what to do with hazardous waste. You can’t place most products like that in your red, J.P. Mascaro bin. It isn’t suitable for landfills.

Still, that old gas tank has been taking up space in your shed for years now. That old stain that wasn’t quite the right color doesn’t have to live in your basement anymore. And, those caustic cleaners are just taking up space under the kitchen sink.

Thankfully, Montgomery County hosts free collections for its residents, and the next one is coming up this weekend.

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The fifth of six 2014 recycling dates for the collection of household hazardous waste sponsored by Montgomery County will take place Saturday, Sept. 20 at Spring-Ford Ninth Grade Center, located at 400 S. Lewis Road, in Royersford, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. 

The county’s public relations coordinator, Jessica Willingham, said this is only for specific goods.

“It is important to note that electronic equipment will not be collected at household hazardous waste recycling events,” she said in a recent release.

Only one final date will be held this year, so now is the time to get rid of those waste products. The remaining household hazardous waste recycling event for 2014 is on Sunday, Oct. 19 at the Lower Merion Transfer Station, located at 1300 N. Woodbine Ave., in Penn Valley.

Saturday’s collection will be held for several hours, allowing for accommodations to busy weekend schedules.

“All events will take place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.,” said Willingham.

It is crucial to know what is or is not accepted at the events. 

You will not even have to leave your vehicle. According to the event’s flyer, event workers will unload your goods, and residents are asked to remain in the vehicle.

According to Willingham, the following items are not acceptable at either the electronics or the household hazardous waste collection sites:

· Latex Paint – NOT Hazardous (Throw in trash after it is dried out completely.)

· Alkaline Batteries – NOT Hazardous (Throw in trash if made after 1996.)

· Large Appliances/White Goods – Contact your township or trash/recycling hauler to schedule a pick up or call a scrap dealer.  For working refrigerators contact PECO at 1-888-5-PECO-SAVE.  

· Explosives & Ammunition – Contact your local police department or the Montgomery County Bomb Squad at 610-278-3331.

· Infectious or Medical Waste

· Radioactive Waste

· Asbestos

· Smoke Detectors – Send back to the manufacturer. Check the back of the item for more information OR throw in trash.

Those items that are acceptable include:

·       Gasoline, oil, kerosene or turpentine

·       Antifreeze

·       Caustic cleaners and solvents

·       Mercury/thermometers

·       Paint thinner

·       Oil paints, stains or varnish

·       Pool chemicals

·       Herbicides or pesticides

·       Flares, fire extinguishers,

·       Lead-acid batteries, rechargeable batteries

·       Fluorescent tube light bulbs, CFL bulbs

For more information on the collection events, please go to the county’s website here. The specific document on the household hazardous waste events can be viewed on the website here.

For those seeking information on the electronics recycling events, visit the county’s site here.