Northern Tier Solid Waste Authority (NTSWA) 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 in Pennsylvania.
The collection was held on Saturday, June 29, at the Landfill and Recycling center located in West Burlington Township, Bradford County. The collection had over 175 participants and recovered an outstanding 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.
MXI Environmental Services, LLC out of Arlington, Virginia, collected this year’s materials.
The Authority was able to host the collection through a state collection program called “CHEMSWEEP”, which is a program run through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture that works to recover canceled, suspended, or unwanted pesticide products from farmers and local applicators.
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture 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 (platinum level), Waupaca Foundry (gold level) and Truck-Lite (silver level).
“Without the financial support from our sponsors this event would not be possible”, stated 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 would like to thank all of the sponsors as well as the Master Gardeners for volunteering. Everyone’s efforts contributed to another successful event.
The Authority would also like to remind residents that used motor oil, antifreeze and lead acid batteries are accepted year round, free of charge, at their facilities in Burlington, Blossburg and Wellsboro.