Working to protect the environment since 1939
MAY 2016
Household Chemical Collections Launch in May 
Clean out the closets, cabinets and garden shed -- and join PRC at the first Household Chemical Collection event of the year.  On Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. in North Park (Allegheny County), residents can safely dispose of common household chemicals such as cleaners, paints, batteries, automotive fluids, pesticides and much more.

These chemicals are not safe to include in traditional trash collection, and they are especially dangerous to pour down the drain.  Dispose of such chemicals responsibly by dropping them off at one of six upcoming events taking place throughout southwestern Pennsylvania. The cost to safely dispose of materials at all collections is $3 gallon, cash only

2016 HOUSEHOLD CHEMICAL COLLECTIONS -- all events take place 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
May 7 — ALLEGHENY COUNTY (North Park)
May 21 — CAMBRIA COUNTY (Concurrent Technologies Corporation)
July 9 — WASHINGTON COUNTY (Washington County Fairgrounds)
August 13 — ALLEGHENY COUNTY (Boyce Park)
September 17 — ALLEGHENY COUNTY (South Park)
October 8 — BEAVER COUNTY (Bradys Run Park)

Click here to learn more.
Still Time to Reserve Your Seat for Friday's Film Series Launch!
Spend Friday, May 6, at Wigle Whiskey Barrel House on Pittsburgh's North Side for the launch of the new “Films for a Better Planet” series presented by PRC and Allegheny CleanWays

Throughout the summer, PRC will offer film screenings followed by panel discussions.  Tickets are free, but advance registration is required.

CLICK HERE to save your seat!
Farmers' Market Now Accepts Materials for Recycling
​On Wednesday, May 25, the PRC Farmers' Market in Newtown Square will open for the season -- and introduce a new recycling program in 2016!

Each Wednesday afternoon shoppers can drop off a wide variety of materials for recycling, including ink jet cartridges, cell phones, GPS units, MP3 players, digital/video cameras, iPads/tablets, video games and consoles.
New Face at PRC!
This spring, PRC's Zero Waste team gained a new member -- Mary Peterson, a recent graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University with a degree in Environmental Studies. 

Mary has always known that she would "end up saving the planet" and is excited to work in Pittsburgh reducing, reusing and recycling waste. This facet of environmentalism has always been her passion, and we are thrilled to have her on our team!  Welcome, Mary!
PRC Resumes Accepting TVs at Hard-to-Recycle Events
The DEP's recent decision to allow fee-based programs to recycle TVs and other covered electronic devices enables PRC to resume collecting TVs at its five remaining Hard-to-Recycle events.  However, PRC now must charge a fee to cover the cost of recycling televisions.

​"We've worked with legislators, regulators and recyclers to find this solution, but we all understand that this is an interim solution at best," said PRC Western Regional Director Justin Stockdale.  "We are eager to work with DEP moving forward to find a more permanent solution."

Click here to learn more about the Covered Device Recycling Act (CDRA) and how you can contact legislators to ask for a permanent, free and convenient solution to the issue of TV recycling in Pennsylvania.
Saturday, May 14
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills
​Allegheny County

For a  list of hard-to-recycle items accepted and associated fees, click here.

For all upcoming PRC collection events, click here.

May 1

May 6

May 7

Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills
Allegheny County
May 14


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Identifying Hazardous Chemicals in the Home

1. Read Labels
​Look for the following words on product labels:  caution, toxic, danger, flammable, warning, corrosive, explosive, reactive, combustible, poisonous, hazardous.

2. Check the Kitchen and Bathroom
You'll typically find hazardous chemicals in the kitchen (oven cleaner, bleach, ammonia, floor cleaner) and bathroom (toilet bowl cleaner, drain cleaner, hair color, mercury thermometers).

3. Look Elsewhere Around the House
​Also check the garage (oil antifreeze, gasoline), workshop (oil-based paints, glue) and garden shed (weed killers, pesticides, insecticides).

PENNSYLVANIA RESOURCES COUNCIL       Robert Jondreau, Executive Director
Mario Cimino, Eastern Regional Director  |  Justin Stockdale, Western Regional Director
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