Household Hazardous Waste Disposal-Environmental Health & Safety - Carnegie Mellon University

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal

Cartoon Haz WasteOver the past several years, there have been an increasing number of opportunities for the proper disposal of household hazardous materials.   A group called Zero Waste Pittsburgh has gathered many of these resources into a guide to help people in our area locate suitable, environmentally-conscious ways to dispose of hazardous items from our homes.  The guide addresses these items and more:

•    Appliances (Freon-containing)
•    Automotive products (oil, batteries, tires, etc.)
•    Batteries
•    Cell phones
•    CDs and DVDs
•    Gas cylinders (including propane)
•    Electronics (computers, TV, DVD players)
•    Household chemicals
•    Light bulbs (various types)
•    Medical waste and pharmaceuticals
•    Mercury-containing items, such as  thermometers
•    Paint (oil-base and latex-base)
•    Pesticides
•    Smoke detectors

Check out their web-page for further information:

In addition to the on-going options noted by Zero Waste Pittsburgh, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection also offers collections events for both household hazardous waste disposal and household electronic waste.  They should resume    in  the spring, so check their web-site for collection dates:

Finally, University Police participates in a drug-collection project, to collect old and unneeded prescription drugs.  They send an email to all campus addresses when this is scheduled, so watch for that!

By: Mark Banister,, 412-268-1493