Household hazardous waste is any material that is toxic, flammable, corrosive or chemically reactive. Materials labeled with words like "poison, danger, warning or caution" may need special disposal. Containers that have held any of these hazardous wastes cannot be recycled.
Items such as oil based paint, used motor oil and oil filters, antifreeze, brake fluid, tires, auto batteries, button cell batteries, and laser printer cartridges can be recycled at various schools and private businesses in the area. The Lanchester Landfill in Honey Brook will accept oil filters and household batteries at no charge. The phone number for the Lanchester Landfill is 610-273-3771. More information about the landfill can be found here.
The new energy efficient light bulbs (kind of look like a squiggle!) are not considered hazardous and may be put in your regular trash, but please pad them as they do contain a small amount of mercury. If you are uncomfortable disposing of these with your trash, they can be taken to Lanchester Landfill for recycling. (Note: If you break a light bulb with mercury in it, open a window and allow the room to ventilate before cleaning it up.) Long florescent light bulbs cannot be put in your trash, but may be taken to Lanchester Landfill for recycling. Compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs can be taken to the returns desk of all Home Depot Stores and to some Lowe's locations.
Contact the Chester County Solid Waste Authority at 610-273-3771 for more information on household hazardous waste collection.