Illinois EPA announces household hazardous waste collection events

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois EPA Director Lisa Bonnett has announced that citizens of six communities will be able to participate in one-day household hazardous waste collection events throughout the fall of 2014.

Individuals will be able to properly and safely dispose of leftover household products commonly found in homes, basements, and garages.  Since the creation of the household hazardous waste collection program in 1989, more than 85,600 55-gallon drums of toxic materials have been collected and properly disposed of.

Residents are encouraged to bring in chemical cleaners, mercury and mercury-containing items, oil-based paints, thinners, antifreeze, gasoline, motor oil, kerosene, insecticides, pesticides, weed killers, adhesives, household batteries, and fluorescent or other high-intensity discharge lamps.

Explosives, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, medical waste, sharps, controlled substances, agricultural waste, and business waste will not be accepted at these events.

Each one-day collection is scheduled from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  We've included a list of locations below:

September 6, 2014 Salem, 32 Salem Business Center South, Marion County

September 20, 2014  Cambridge, County Fairgrounds, 311 East North Street, Henry County

September 27, 2014 Monticello, 904 Allerton Road, Piatt County

October 4, 2014  Lombard, Village of Lombard Public Works, 1051 South Hammerschmidt Avenue, DuPage County

October 11, 2014 Lincoln, County Fairgrounds, 1408 Short 11th Street, Logan County

October 18, 2014 Oregon, 421 West Pines Road, Ogle County
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