Free Household Chemical Disposal and Electronics Recyling Day on April 30th

Clean out the attic, garage, basement and the spare bedroom by getting rid of hazardous wastes and recycling obsolete electronics at the Midshore region’s spring collection event on Saturday, April 30. The collection will be at the Nicholson Drop-Off Center near Chestertown.

The event will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine.

Residents of Kent, Caroline, Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties may bring their household hazardous waste (HHW) for proper disposal, and consumer electronics for recycling, to the Chestertown location. There is no charge for dropping off these items for this one day only event, but residents are asked to pre-arrange extra large loads. The following is a list of items that will be accepted:
gas gas/oil mixes fuels acids
wood strippers solvents pool chemicals bleach
cleaners wood preservatives paint thinner turpentine
dark room chemicals oil based paints painting products ammonia
mercury thermometers household and lawn & garden pesticides: (insecticides & herbicides)
automotive fluids (except oil and antifreeze, recycle them at many locations in the region)
Computers (CPUs) external disc drives keyboards monitors
scanners fax machines cables copiers
computer speakers computer mouse calculators radios
VCRs CD players DVD players stereos
cell phones printers modems televisions
answering machines remotes laptops CB radios

Items that will not be accepted include explosives, ammunition, medical waste, radioactive materials, picric acid, compressed gas cylinders, asbestos, smoke detectors, business, industrial or commercial farm wastes, appliances, power tools, tires and latex paint at this site on April 30. Latex paint should be reused or solidified with an absorbent such as kitty litter, dirt or mulch and disposed in the regular trash.

This event is sponsored by the Midshore Regional Recycling Program, a partnership between Kent, Caroline, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties. For more information and to learn about local recycling programs, visit or call 410-758-6605. The next event is slated for Fall 2011 in Caroline County. Since the first event in September 1998, more than 220 tons of HHW and 300 tons of electronics have been collected from over 13,100 participants.

Directions to the Nicholson Drop-Off Center, 23750 Larney Nick Road, Chestertown, MD: Take Rte 213 to Rte 291 to Rte 20 W from Chestertown toward Rock Hall, Right on Earl Nicholson Rd, Left at gate. Look for the yellow signs leading the way.