Recycling: What to know about this spring’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

By Paul Ploumis

Good news! The Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority will hold our annual Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Event this spring. It’s time to start cleaning out those basements, sheds and garages. Don’t forget to look under your sinks as well.

There is a very important message I need to relay: Pre-registration is mandatory to attend our HHW event. Pre-registration is quick, easy, online and opens March 1.


All event and pre-registration information can be found at

The pre-registration link (opening on March 1) is simple and takes only a few minutes. During the pre-registration process, you will sign up for a time on April 29 or 30 to bring your acceptable Household Hazardous Waste items to our facility at 253 Transfer Road, Bellefonte, to be properly disposed.

Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with your ticket that ensures you a spot at our HHW event. Bring your ticket along with your items to our facility on the day/time selected and we will take your HHW items from you. We work with a New Jersey company that will properly dispose of or recycle your Household


Once you enter our facility on the day of the event, there will be strict guidelines to follow such as:

  • Masks are required
  • You must stay in your vehicle
  • Keep your windows up
  • Place your ticket on your dashboard

Once checked in, drive up to the unloading zone, where you will pop open your trunk. Workers will remove the items from your trunk or truck bed and you will be on your way! We have just more than 1,000 spots open over the two-day event, and we average 1,000 cars each year, so make sure you register to secure a spot at this free event. Just go to to register on or after March 1.


Once you have registered, it will be time to start collecting the items from home you wish to bring. A list of acceptable items include insecticides, weed killers, pool chemicals, cleaners, poisons, corrosives, flammables, oil based paints, CFL bulbs, fluorescent tubes and most other hazardous chemicals from households only.

Do not bring: latex paint, motor oil, antifreeze, medications, batteries, ammunition or explosives. Remember, all details about the event as well as registration instructions can be found at

If you have any questions, please let me know by contacting me at Thank you for recycling and please take advantage of this free, once a year event! Can’t attend this spring? We will hold another HHW Event in the spring of 2023.