Illinois EPA Announces 2021 Spring Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events — Including June 5 in Aurora!
Illinois EPA Director John J. Kim announced the schedule Thursday (March 18, 2021) for the Household Hazardous Waste collections that provide residents with free collection events to safely dispose of unused or leftover hazardous household products commonly found in homes.
As with past events, all Illinois EPA HHW collections are contactless for the safety of participants. Additional safety tips are included following the schedule below.
“Our Household Hazardous Waste Program has worked to provide more opportunities for residents that rely on these events to dispose of old, unused chemicals and other hazardous products in a safe and proper manner,” Kim said. “Last fall, we announced five hubs that will be supplemented with other collection partners to more thoroughly cover the State. Thanks to our many co-sponsors, we now have partnerships with eight hub locations to continue offering this essential program to more communities.”
The HHW hub partners include the city of Aurora, the Lake in the Hills Sanitary District in McHenry County and the city of Glencoe in Cook County.
Each year, Illinois EPA coordinates with local municipalities to conduct one-day collections to provide no-cost public drop-offs for the disposal of household hazardous waste. The first of these collections began in November 1989. Since then, more than 401,350 households have participated in 449 events, with more than 78,100 drums of material collected.
One-day collections are open to all Illinois residents and operate from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the day of the event. Residents participating in these events are encouraged to bring chemical cleaners, oil-based paints, thinners, antifreeze, motor oil, gasoline, kerosene, weed killers, insecticides and pesticides, old or outdated medication, and similar hazardous household products. Fluorescent and other high-intensity discharge lamps may also be brought to the collections.
ITEMS NOT ACCEPTED include latex paint, explosives, propane tanks, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, agricultural chemicals and business wastes.
A complete list of household hazardous wastes that are and are not accepted is available online at https://www2.illinois.gov/epa/topics/waste-management/waste-disposal/household-hazardous-waste/Pages/acceptable-wastes.aspx.
The spring 2021 one-day collections are scheduled on Saturdays as follows:
|Montgomery County Farm Bureau
102 North Main Street
|Market Place Shopping Center
2000 North Neil Street
|Hancock County Office
550 North Madison Street
|Hancock County Farm Bureau|
|202 Wallace Street
|City of Sterling|
|Marshall Putnam County Fairgrounds
915 University Avenue
|North Central Illinois Council of Governments|
|Monroe County Fairgrounds
|City of Columbia|
|Herscher High School
501 North Main Street
|Herscher Community Unit School District #2|
|200 North River Street
|City of Aurora|
|275 Park Avenue
|City of Glencoe|
|SIUC Arena Parking Lot
1400 Arena Drive
|June 26||Lake in the Hills
|Lake in the Hills Sanitary District
515 Plum Street
Lake in the Hills, IL
|Lake in the Hills|
These events require pre-registration. Please contact the event co-sponsor to pre-register:
- Champaign: https://hhwevent.simplybook.me/v2/. Susan Monte, 217-819-4127.
- Aurora: Kelvin Beene, 630-450-4657
- Glencoe: Megan Olson, 847-835-4111
- Carbondale: Kassidy Phoenix Stevens, 618-684-3143
For safe transport of household hazardous waste, residents are asked to:
- Pack household hazardous waste items in a disposable box to avoid spilling during transport.
- Keep like chemicals together and separate unlike chemicals.
- Secure lids and make sure containers are not leaking.
- Place box(es) of household hazardous waste in empty trunk of your vehicle, away from passengers during transport.
- Remain in vehicle at collection site. On-site personnel will remove the household hazardous waste from your vehicle.
In addition to the one-day collections, long-term collection facilities are available for disposal of household hazardous waste throughout the year. Those locations, and additional information can be found at https://www2.illinois.gov/epa/topics/waste-management/waste-disposal/household-hazardous-waste/Pages/collections.aspx.
SOURCE: Illinois EPA news release