by Betsy Natter

In between spring cleaning and gearing up for back-to-school is a great time to check out these home cleanup and safety and security checks. Whether protecting your children from hazardous materials and loose car seats or keeping your personal identity secure, these collection and safety check events will keep you coasting through the rest of the year.

Community Paper Shredding Events

Trucks from Shred One Security Corp. will be on site to shred confidential documents for Montgomery County residents as a free service to help avoid the dangers of identity theft. Offered in cooperation with the Montgomery County Commissioners the events are free and will be held rain or shine. Residents may bring two bags or boxes per car to the site. Waste should not contain any plastic, bags, cardboard or any metal other than staples or paperclips attached to documents. The events run from 9am to 12pm, but trucks will leave once they are full. The events are for residents only, no businesses.

Western Montgomery Career & Technology Center
77 Graterford Rd., Limerick, PA 19468
Sat. July 16, 9 am – 12 pm

Abington Junior High School
2056 Susquehanna Rd. Abington, PA 19001
Sat. July 23, 9 am – 12 pm

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

If you plan on cleaning out your garage or shed this summer chances are you will find containers with chemicals or toxic liquids that need to be disposed safely. Mark your calendar for Montgomery County’s Hazardous Waste Collection events coming early this fall. The free events will be held rain or shine from 9 am to 3 pm. Site volunteers will unload your car. Not sure what’s hazardous? Here is a short list: mini propane canisters, fluorescent light bulbs, oil, gasoline, paint thinner, turpentine, oil paint (NOT latex), stains, varnishes, antifreeze, pool chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, solvents and rechargeable batteries. For a complete list and further details visit

Spring-Ford 9th Grade Center
400 South Lewis Rd., Royersford, PA 19468
Sat. Sept. 17, 9 am – 3 pm

Lower Merion Transfer Station
1300 North Woodbine Ave., Penn Valley, PA 19072
Sun. Oct. 16, 9 am – 3 pm

Car Seat Safety Checks

Certified car seat safety technicians are available to check the installation of your child’s car seat to ensure that it is properly and securely fastened in your vehicle. Pennsylvania law requires all children under the age of 4 to be properly restrained in an approved child passenger safety restraint device and children under the age of 8 to use a seat belt system in conjunction with a booster seat. Fines for non-compliance are $75 plus fees. Sponsored by the Montgomery Country Department of Health the program is free to all county residents. Appointments for the safety check must be made in advance by calling 610-278-5119 or emailing [email protected]

Limerick Fire Station
390 West Ridge Pk., Limerick, PA 19468
Appointments 3rd Friday of every month

Montgomery Hose Fire Station
201 West Freedley St., Norristown, PA 19401
Appointments 2nd Wednesday of every month

Battalion 1 Fire Station
325 Stump Rd., Montgomeryville, PA 18936
Appointments 4th Thursday of every month


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