Posted on: October 12, 2017

Household Hazardous Waste Collection: A Success!


Household Hazardous Waste Special Collection: A Success!

 8.3 Tons Safely and Legally Disposed


The one-day special collection was held on Saturday, September 9, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Allegany County Fairgrounds. A total of 8.3 tons, or, 16,660 pounds, of household hazardous waste was collected and disposed of properly. The event was restricted to Allegany County citizens who had to show proof of residency.

Numerous items were accepted free of charge (household chemicals used in cleaning, pesticides, herbicides, hormone-enhanced products, leftover adhesives, tar, driveway repair asphalt, caulking, stains, solvents, aerosol cans, propane, residential smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, hand-held road flares, pool chemicals, batteries, mercury, asbestos, PCB and non-PCB light ballasts, fluorescent tubes, oil, antifreeze, gasoline, etc.) There was a nominal fee, $2.00 per container, for paint.

A total of 336 cars entered the fairgrounds for this special collection - - -

  • 35% disposed of household hazardous waste only (117 cars)
  • 65% disposed of paint and/or household hazardous waste (219 cars)

There were 2,451-gallon containers of paint collected.

The Allegany County Recycling Office contracted with ACV Enviro, Bethesda, Maryland, for disposing of household hazardous waste and with Yuck Old Paint, Fairfax, Virginia, for recycling paint for artistic and humanitarian uses. 

Event sponsors were ACE Hardware of Cumberland, Advanced Disposal, the Allegany County Commissioners, Jacob C. Shade, Creade V. Brodie, Jr., and William R. Valentine, the Allegany County Solid Waste Management Board, Burgmeier’s Hauling, Inc., Chesapeake Bay Trust, the City of Cumberland, the City of Frostburg, City of Frostburg, the Town of Lonaconing, NEFCO, Sherwin Williams, the Town of Westernport, Waste Management/Mountainview Landfill, and Weis Markets. Many volunteers also contributed to the success of this special collection.

The event cost approximately $27,600 and was done under budget.

Allegany County Recycling Coordinator Siera N. Wigfield has suggestions for citizens to consider:

  • store household hazardous waste in original containers with labels in locations not accessible by children and pets;
  • replace toxic pesticides and cleaning products with less toxic or non-toxic alternatives (a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust provided the free distribution of spray bottles with a non-toxic cleaner recipe at the event);
  • reduce the amount of household hazardous waste products used/purchased - - - buy only the amount of the product needed for the current project;
  • safely and legally dispose of unneeded, ineffective household hazardous waste products at special collections.

Allegany County Government appreciates the effort of all recyclers and encourages individuals, business, and other entities to practice source reduction and recycling in all activities. Please reduce, reuse, recycle, and compost throughout the year.

Allegany County Government’s website, www.alleganygov.org, has extensive recycling information. On the homepage, select departments and then select recycling. Questions may be directed to Siera N. Wigfield,301-777-5933 X 210, recycling@alleganygov.org.

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