Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority

253 Transfer Road | Bellefonte, PA 16823
Phone (814) 238-7005 | Fax (814) 238-3195 | Recycling (814) 238-6649

Household Hazardous Waste

There are products in your house right now you use regularly that are hazardous waste. These materials need to be used properly, stored properly and disposed of properly. What is hazardous? Materials that are considered hazardous have the following characteristics: 

  • Toxic: cause health problems for humans or wildlife. (Example: Pesticides)
  • Flammable/Ignitable: catch fire easily. (Example: gasoline, paint thinner). 
  • Corrosive: eat away at other materials. (Example: strong acids or gases, drain cleaner). 
  • Reactive: react violently with other chemicals or even air, water, shock or friction. (Example: pool chemicals, chlorine bleach). chemicals

The best practice for household hazardous waste is to purchase only what you need and use the product for its intended use until the container is empty. In those cases where there is material leftover, the product may be disposed of with your regular trash.



batteries    Not all batteries are the same, so  they need to be

    disposed of differently. Alkaline batteries, used mostly in

    toys and flashlights, can be thrown away with your regular

    trash. Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cads) can be recycled. Drop off

    locations are at Radio Shack and Wal-Mart.  You may also

    bring your old rechargeable batteries  to the Centre County

    Recycling & Refuse Authority's office.  Lead Acid, (automotive, motorcycle, etc.) should be taken to any store that sells lead acid batteries. If you are purchasing a new one, most places give a discount off the purchase of the new battery when you bring the old one in.

You can also bring your used batteries to Mid-State Battery located in Pleasant Gap.  For more information, call 238-2828.

Reduce for a Healthy Home 

A number of commonly used household products are actually very toxic and should be avoided. Additionally, many of these products raise serious health concerns around the house. These products can also cause problems for emergency responders should there be a fire or other emergency. 

Product Problems Alternatives
Bug Killers Petroleum Insecticides are all toxic. Some also cause long-term health problems associated with the nervous & reproductive system. A few also increase cancer risk. Biological Controls
Plant-Derived Insecticides
Weed Killers &
Lawn Chemicals
Most herbicides are proven or suspected cancer causers. Phenoxy/2 (an Agent Orange relative) also causes nervous & reproductive system problems. Hand pulling of weeds
Higher cutting discourages broadleaf weeds
Enjoy spring time color of dandelions
Oil Paints, Paints,
Varnishes & Nail
Most solvents in these products are central nervous system depressants. Latex (water-based) Paints
Solvent Free Paints
Solvents & 
Many of these can cause nervous system and liver damage. Biodegradable Solvents
Water-Based Products
Treated Wood &
Creosote & Arsenic Compounds are known cancer causers. Rot-Resistant Woods
Recycled Plastic "Lumber"
Natural Wood Treatments
Mothballs &
Furniture Polish
Benzene and ethylene glycol chemicals can cause liver and kidney damage. Borax and Hot Water
Cedar Chips,
Lemon Juice & Vegetable Oil
Motor Oil Pollutes surface and ground water. Contains benzene & heavy metals. Never dump on ground or in water
Take car to service station
Drain Openers Cause severe skin burns or eye irritation. Baking Soda & Vinegar
Alkaline Batteries Emit mercury if burned. Place in regular trash
Use Rechargeables
Lead-Acid Batteries Contain lead and sulfuric acid. Recycle
Never store outside
Ni-Cad Batteries
Contain Cadmium. Recycle at Walmart, 
Radio Shack and Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority Office
Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium Ion (Li-ion), Small Sealed Lead ((Rechargeable) Contain Mercury, Lead and other toxic metals Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority Office


Hours of Operation

Transfer Station
Monday - Saturday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm