The Northern Tier Solid Waste Authority completed another successful household hazardous waste collection.
This is the 14th consecutive year the authority has hosted the free collection for the residents of Bradford, Sullivan and Tioga counties. The collection was held on Saturday, June 29, at the landfill/recycling center located in West Burlington Township, Bradford County.
The collection had more than 175 participants and recovered 12.46 tons of hazardous materials. Materials collected included mercury, flammable liquids, oxidizing liquids and solids, pesticides and herbicides and paints amongst many other hazardous materials.
Once collected these materials are then either recycled or properly disposed of by a contractor. This year’s materials were collected by MXI Environmental Services, LLC out of Arlington, Va.
The authority was able to host the collection through a state collection program called “CHEMSWEEP,” which is run through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture that works to recover canceled, suspended or unwanted pesticide products from farmers and local applicators.
The Department of Ag pays for the portion of the pesticides collected through the event but the remaining materials have always been at the expense of the authority. It is quite costly to manage these materials properly, so the authority calls upon local industries for sponsorship in this event. This year’s sponsors were Ward Manufacturing, Waupaca Foundry and Truck-Lite.
“Without the financial support from our sponsors this event would not be possible,” said Leigh Twoey, recycling coordinator for the Northern Tier Solid Waste Authority. Twoey went on to mention that this event is the only outlet in the area for these types of materials.
The authority thanks all of the sponsors as well as the Master Gardeners for volunteering. The authority reminds residents that used motor oil, antifreeze and lead acid batteries are accepted year round free of charge at the facilities in Burlington, Blossburg and Wellsboro.
Questions about the event can be directed to Twoey at 570-297-4177 or firstname.lastname@example.org.