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Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

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2024 Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Program

Appointments required and a fee of $0.55/lb will be charged. Read on for more details and a list of frequently asked questions. Participants must sign up for an appointment in advance. Appointment slots are available in 15 minute increments and are designed for operational efficiencies (i.e. smaller numbers at start, middle, and end to better accommodate set up, lunch, and tear down).  All acceptable material will be weighed as is and each customer will be charged $0.55 per pound for disposal. Pre-registration will help control traffic flow and reduce congestion. Each event will be limited to the number of registrants listed (400). Appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Cumberland County residents only.


By law, we cannot accept hazardous waste on a daily basis and store it on-site.  Although not required, we do offer special collection days during the year at which a licensed hazardous waste contractor is on-site to receive hazardous materials directly from the public.  On these days, the contractor receives the hazardous materials, properly packages them for compliance with transportation laws, loads their trucks, and leaves with the material so nothing is left on-site.  Hazardous waste can only be accepted on these days. 2024 collection days are now scheduled.

  • Thursday, April 11, 2024, 11 am to 5 pm
  • Saturday, June 15, 2024, 9 am to 3 pm
  • Saturday, August 17, 2024, 9 am to 3 pm
  • Thursday, October 24, 2024, 11 am to 5 pm


Cumberland County Recycling Center
1001 Claremont Road
Carlisle, PA (Map)


Please read and follow the instructions at the top of the sign up page and below:  

  • DO NOT click on the “Create a Sign Up” button at the very top of the page.
  • If you are asked for credit card information, you have clicked on the WRONG button.  That would be to create your own sign up program.
  • All four dates are listed and retained during the calendar year to prevent possible tampering with sign ups.  Scroll down to see all the event date schedules and open spots.
  • “Quantity” beside “Type of Material” refers to signups.  Select 1.
  • It is extremely important that customers abide by their registered times!

Cumberland County residents may make an appointment by visiting:

Acceptable Materials

A complete list of acceptable HHW can be viewed here. Please note the list of unacceptable items as well.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are your fees and forms of payment?
Cash and credit/debit cards are accepted. Sorry, no checks. The cash fee for HHW disposal is $0.55/pound. There is an additional 2.3% convenience fee for credit/debit card users.  Both types of cards have a minimum convenience fee charge of $1.00.  

How will my total HHW disposal bill be determined?
All of your HHW will be weighed on a certified floor scale. The total weight of your HHW will be multiplied by 0.55 to determine your cash price.  If using a credit or debit card, the cash price will be multiplied by 1.023 to arrive at your total bill.  The minimum credit and debit card convenience fee is $1.00. The total weight of your HHW and the total bill will be presented to you before payment is accepted.

Will you offer refunds if I change my mind afterwards?
All sales are final. No refunds will be offered after payment is made.

Why are you charging a fee to dispose of HHW when I already pay taxes?
Fees are required to help pay for the costs of this program.  Cumberland County has never used general fund tax dollars for its Recycling & Waste program expenses.  Only those who choose to use the program will be required to pay for it through the fees that we charge.

The true cost to manage HHW is around $1.10 per pound.  State funding allows the program to be offered at a price of $0.55 per pound.

Can I get my gas can back?
We can accommodate a request to get a gas can back, but you will have to wait until the gasoline can be poured off.
Can I leave my HHW behind if no one is there?
Absolutely not! Leaving HHW at the recycling center during closed hours is considered illegal dumping. High resolution security cameras have been installed in multiple locations around the facility to identify illegal dumpers. Illegal dumpers will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Who is eligible to use the HHW program?
Cumberland County residents and small businesses (limited to 2,200 pounds and less).
What if I have a lot of HHW?
You may be asked to unload in a separate area.How else can I dispose of HHW?
Click here for additional disposal information.What happens to my HHW after I drop it off?
A licensed hazardous waste company will be on site to receive, sort, package, load and transport all collected HHW off site to an approved disposal facility.  Treatment methods include fuels blending, recycling, incineration, neutralization, and reuse.

What Else Should I Know?

  • This event is limited to Cumberland County residents and small businesses only.
  • Container sizes should be limited to 5 gallons and smaller.

Please review our Recycling Locations – Non-Traditional Items and Forms and Fact Sheets web pages for tips on disposing of some of the Unacceptable Items. Call 717-240-6489 with questions or for more details.