PRC will present program on household hazardous waste disposal


January 30, 2007

Have you ever given thought to the types of chemicals your body comes in contact with – just in keeping your home clean and maintained?

Bathroom cleaners, paint thinners, even garden chemicals and pool chemicals all can cause harm or severe damage if handled or disposed of improperly.

When these types of products are no longer wanted, usable, or left over they are called household hazardous wastes (HHW). Because of the uncertainty of how to safely and properly dispose of HHW, the majority of local residents store it in basements and garages for decades. In most cases, new homeowners or those cleaning out a house to sell are left with the chore of investigating safe disposal options.##m:(Chemicals)##

As part of the Mount Lebanon Library's Energy and Environment Program series, Ginette Walker Vinski of the Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) on the South Side will present a program on these disposal issues, highlighting what HHW is, how it affects one's health, ways to properly dispose of it, and non-toxic alternatives. The program will be Wednesday, Feb. 7 from 7-8:45 p.m. in Meeting Room A, Lover Level of the library at 16 Castle Shannon Boulevard.

During the presentation, Ms. Vinski will demonstrate the use of homemade, non-toxic cleaners compared with potentially toxic cleaners found at local stores. Participants will receive a free 28-page color booklet called Hazardous Waste in the Home: How to Safeguard Your Health & the Environment and a customized spray bottle imprinted with non-toxic cleaning recipes.

To register for this event, contact Caroline Tibbetts from the Mount Lebanon Library at 412-531-1912 or by email at tibbettsc@


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