In Pennsylvania, there are certain items you cannot throw away with your regular trash. The actual items may vary depending on your county or municipality. Below is a general list of things you cannot throw out with regular trash.

Electronic Waste (e-waste)

  • Televisions and accessories
  • Laptop computers
  • Desktop computers
  • Mouses, keyboards, monitors, and other accessories
  • Hard drives
  • Copiers, printers, and fax machines
  • E-readers and tablets
  • Cell phones, phones, and accessories
  • Cameras
  • Microwaves
  • Electric typewriters
  • CD and tape players, speakers, stereos, and radios
  • Any other electronic device

E-waste often contains toxic chemicals. If disposed of incorrectly, these items can contaminate food and water sources. Pennsylvania has lots of drop-off locations for the safe disposal of these items. Check here to find a location near you.

Household Hazardous Waste

  • Acids
  • Adhesives and glue
  • Automobile products including antifreeze, brake fluid, transmission fluid, and motor oil
  • Auto, lead-acid, Lithium and NiCad batteries
  • Auto body repair products
  • Chemical fertilizers and other fertilizers
  • Cleaners, polishers, degreasers, and other chemicals
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fluorescent light bulbs
  • Fuel, gasoline, and kerosene
  • Fungicide, herbicide, insecticide, pesticide, and rodenticide
  • Lead products
  • Mercury-containing devices
  • Mothballs
  • Paint products, including:
    • Oil-based paints and spray paints
    • Paint thinners
    • Rust inhibitors
    • Stains
    • Turpentine
  • Pool and photo chemicals
  • Roofing tar
  • Solder
  • Solvents and stain removers
  • Varnish

These items, along with anything else you might use in your home, garden, or garage that is toxic, corrosive, flammable, or reactive must be taken to specific locations for disposal. Check your township or municipality’s website to find a location near you.

Other Items Requiring Special Disposal:

  • Ammunition / explosives
  • Bricks, cinder blocks, and other stones
  • Construction and demolition waste
  • Drugs and medical waste
  • Large appliances
    • Washers
    • Dryers
    • Dishwashers
    • Refrigerators
    • Stoves
    • Freezers
    • Hot water heaters
    • Air conditioners
    • Furnaces
    • Dehumidifiers
  • Over-sized items
    • Bicycles
    • Mattresses
    • Couches
    • Small furniture
    • Carpet
    • Toilets
    • Outdoor grills
  • Propane tanks
  • Tires

Some of the items on this list require special drop-offs, like ammunitions and propane tanks. Other items, like mattresses and bricks or cinder blocks, are things that Affordable Hauling & Dumpster Service can help you dispose of. If you have questions regarding the disposal of any items on this list, give us a call.