Illinois EPA Announces 2021 Spring Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events -- Including June 5 in Aurora!

Illinois EPA Announces 2021 Spring Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events — Including June 5 in Aurora!

Kane County — and specifically Aurora — will be one of the areas hosting state of Illinois Household Hazardous Waste collection events this spring.

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paints, thinners, antifreeze, motor oil, gasoline, kerosene, weed killers, insecticides and pesticides, old or outdated medication, and similar hazardous household products.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:

DATE

LOCATION

ADDRESS

COSPONSOR(s)

March 27 Hillsboro

Montgomery County

Montgomery County Farm Bureau

102 North Main Street

Hillsboro, IL

Montgomery County
April 10 Champaign*

Champaign County

Market Place Shopping Center

2000 North Neil Street

Champaign, IL

Champaign County
April 17 Carthage

Hancock County

Hancock County Office

550 North Madison Street

Carthage, IL

Hancock County Farm Bureau
May 1 Sterling

Whiteside County

202 Wallace Street

Sterling, IL

City of Sterling
May 15 Henry

Marshall County

Marshall Putnam County Fairgrounds

915 University Avenue

Henry, IL

North Central Illinois Council of Governments
May 22 Waterloo

Monroe County

Monroe County Fairgrounds

4177 IL-156

Waterloo, IL

City of Columbia
May 22 Herscher

Kankakee County

Herscher High School

501 North Main Street

Herscher, IL

Herscher Community Unit School District #2
June 5 Aurora*

Kane County

200 North River Street

Aurora, IL

City of Aurora
June 12 Glencoe*

Cook County

275 Park Avenue

Glencoe, IL

City of Glencoe
June 19 Carbondale*

Jackson County

SIUC Arena Parking Lot

1400 Arena Drive

Carbondale, IL

Jackson County
June 26 Lake in the Hills

McHenry County

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