Waste Tire Recycling Event TOMORROW

It can be tough to get rid of electronics and hazardous waste responsibly. But for your safety and for the health of our environment, it’s a must-do. To make the job a little easier, I’ve compiled a list of links to upcoming recycling events and to more information on how to handle tricky-to-dispose-of items.

Note that there is a waste tire recycling event TOMORROW, Saturday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to noon at Montgomery County Community College, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19422. More info below.

Electronics Recycling

Although state law requires electronics manufacturers to offer recycling opportunities for TV and computers, those manufacturers are no longer sponsoring county recycling collections in Southeastern PA. I support a legislative fix for this that is in the works. But in the meantime, click here for a summary of the situation and a list of drop-off sites in the area.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

It isn’t environmentally safe to discard hazardous substances such as weed killers, rodent poison and swimming pool chemicals by tossing them in the trash or pouring them down the drain. For a list of Montgomery County’s 2018 Hazardous Waste Collection events — the next one is on Saturday, June 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Abington Junior High School, 2056 Susquehanna Road in Abington — as well as instructions on items accepted for disposal, click here.

Paper Shredding

With the rise in identity theft, it’s more important than ever to shred documents with sensitive information, including bank account, credit card and/or Social Security numbers. The Montgomery County Recycling Office has no countywide shredding dates scheduled for 2018 to date, but the Upper Moreland Township Library at 117 Park Ave. (right off Route 611 in the Police Department parking lot) in Willow Grove offers paper shredding from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on the second Tuesday of every month for $10 per standard box. For opportunities nearer to you, check with your township or borough. Or click here for info on already scheduled community events and a list of drop-off sites within the county that offer shredding for a f ee.

Sharps or Syringes

Sharps or syringes are not considered household hazardous waste and cannot be recycled. You should place them in a puncture-resistant hard plastic or metal container, seal the container with heavy-duty tape, label the container “Do Not Recycle,” place the container in an opaque trash bag, seal the trash bag and put it out for regular trash pickup. For more information and advice, click here.

Tire Collections

Old tires scattered about the yard are breeding grounds for disease-carrying mosquitoes. Dispose of them for free at one of two free tire collections scheduled for 2018 by Montgomery County. The next event is TOMORROW from 9 a.m. to noon at Montgomery County Community College, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19422. The tires collected will be shredded and repurposed by a local business into material used in playgrounds, to surface roads and to create sound-barrier walls on highways. Limit: 10 tires per vehicle. Tires with rims will be accepted but no off-road tires or tires from businesses or commercial institutions. Open to Montgomery County residents only. For more details, click here.

If you have any questions about these events or any state-related issue, don’t hesitate to reach out to my office.