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Southwest PA HHW Task Force Serves 20,000th Participant
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The Southwestern Pennsylvania Household Hazardous Waste Task Force celebrated a milestone at its August collection event: accepting household chemicals from its 20,000th participant.

David and Tina Foremsky of Moon Township(photo)were honored as the 20,000th participant at the August 22 event in Butler County. Task Force Co-Chairs Joy Smallwood and George Mihalovich presented the Foremskys – including daughter Emma – with souvenirs including a commemorative Litterbug bobblehead.

Since 2003, event organizers have collected and safely disposed of nearly 2 million pounds of “household hazardous waste” at 37 drive-thru collections held in eight counties. A certified contractor processes the hazardous wastes for proper disposal, and materials may be recycled, incinerated or safely buried in special landfills.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, an average home can easily accumulate 100 pounds of common chemicals referred to as “household hazardous waste.” These household products include cleaners, paints, stains and varnishes, car batteries, automotive fluids, pesticides, pool chemicals and other products containing potentially hazardous ingredients.

The Task Force, formed in 2001 and administered by the Pennsylvania Resources Council, secures funding, organizes events, provides education and creates a partnership of individuals representing governmental, private and public organizations.

For more information, visit the Task Force website or call 412-488-7452.

8/31/2009

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