FREE Hazardous Waste Collection Event This SATURDAY

It can be tough to get rid of hazardous substances such as weed killers, rodent poison and swimming pool chemicals responsibly. But for your safety and for the health of our environment, it’s a must-do. This weekend, Montgomery County also makes it a relatively easy-to-do.

On Saturday, May 19, Montgomery County is hosting a hazardous waste collection event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Temple University Ambler Campus, 1431 E. Butler Pike in Ambler. Volunteers will help you locate the correct entrance and position your car in line. Stay in your car but unlock your trunk and any doors necessary to access the waste you want removed. Event staff will remove the waste and direct you to the exit. At a typical event, your wait time should be no longer than 30 minutes.

Only hazardous waste will be accepted. For a list of acceptable and nonacceptable materials, click here. Note that latex paint is not hazardous waste and should not be brought to the collection events.

  • Bring all substances in original containers with labels and tightened lids. Items must be identifiable. Do not mix materials.
  • Gas containers will be returned upon request.
  • The maximum amount accepted is 25 gallons or 220 pounds. No 25- or 50-gallon drums accepted. Likewise, no commercial/industrial-generated hazardous waste accepted. Businesses and contractors will be turned away.

For more details or questions, please visit or email In the event of severe weather, call the county recycling line at (610) 278-3618 and choose option 6 for event status. You can also reach out to my office at (215) 572-5210 with any questions or concerns.