Northumberland County residents and property owners braved a windy day on Saturday, May 1 to drop off 13,563 lbs. of household chemicals, old petroleum products, and other hazardous substances during the spring Household Hazardous Waste/E-Waste Collection event.  Participants also brought 6,347 lbs. of old electronics, or E-Waste to the collection, which took place at the Northumberland Middle School/High School’s bus parking lot in Claraville.

“We had 172 vehicles drop items off at this event. We anticipated a good turnout because many people have had extra time during the pandemic for home projects such as cleaning out garages and basements,” said Kathleen Watson, Education/Outreach Specialist at the Northern Neck Soil and Water Conservation District (NNSWCD) in Warsaw. The NNSWCD and Virginia Cooperative Extension partners with all four counties of the Northern Neck, scheduling HHW collections to make it easier for area residents to properly dispose of harmful chemicals that should never go to a regular landfill, or worse yet, be dumped outdoors.

The next HHW/E-Waste event in Northumberland County is scheduled for Saturday, November 13, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will also take place at the bus parking lot. 

Between Northumberland’s event and the April 24 collection in Westmoreland County, residents properly disposed of a total of 20,110 lbs. of hazardous chemicals this spring.

If you have questions about the Household Hazardous Waste/E-Waste program, please contact Kathleen Watson at (804) 313-9102 x 105.