Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Recycling (E-Waste)

Delaware County sponsors four (4) Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Events each year. While many materials are collected at these events, electronics (e-waste) are NOT included.  Please see links below for upcoming e-waste events. Please note that there is a fee at most e-waste events.

Swarthmore Borough has partnered with Curb my Clutter to recycle electronics.  Get more information here.

Upcoming E-Waste Events:  


Typically, item labels that contain the words:  HAZARDOUS – DANGER – WARNING – POISONOUS and TOXIC, indicate items that contain hazardous material. Typical Items are: Oil-based paint, paint thinner, varnish, kerosene, gasoline, motor oil, antifreeze, weed killers, fungicides, pesticides, items containing mercury, cell phones, rechargeable and lead acid batteries, Ni-cad, lithium, rechargeable and lead batteries.

Please note: Latex Paint is not hazardous and is not accepted at hazardous waste events. Dry out the container and place in your regular trash.


Improperly disposed HHW can pollute the groundwater, surface water, and the air we breathe.  It can harm children, pets, and sanitation workers.  Listed below are ways you can dispose of HHW in a responsible manner.

  • Use up what you have by giving your wall another coat or go around the room or up the stairs where fingerprints are sure to gather.
  • Share any leftovers with friends, neighbors, and family.
  • Take motor oil, antifreeze, and car batteries to a service station that accepts them.  A list of Delaware County’s USED MOTOR OIL COLLECTION SITES can be found in this website under the heading of Automotive Products Recycling Sites
  • Bring to an HHW Collection Event.
  • Delaware County HHW website
  • Most Target Stores, Lowes, and Home Depots will take your Ni-Cad, rechargeable and Lithium batteries for recycling.
  • CFLs can be recycled at any Lowes or Home Depot.