Nine, free, one-day Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collections will be provided by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency through June. As with past events, all Illinois EPA HHW collections are contactless for the safety of participants.
One-day collections operate from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Scheduled events include:
- April 17, Hancock County Office, Carthage (Hancock County Farm Bureau serving as co-sponsor);
- May 1, Whiteside County, Sterling;
- May 15, Marshall-Putnam County Fairgrounds, Henry;
- May 22, Monroe County Fairgrounds, Waterloo; and
- May 22, Herscher High School, Herscher.
Other dates include June 5, Kane County, Aurora (preregistration required at 630-450-4657; June 12, Cook County, Glencoe (preregistration required at 847-835-4111; June 19, SIUC Arena Parking Lot, Carbondale (preregistration required at 618-684-3143; and June 26, Lake in the Hills Sanitary District, Lake in the Hills.
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paints, thinners, antifreeze, motor oil, gasoline, kerosene, weed killers, insecticides and pesticides, old or outdated medication, and similar hazardous household products.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.
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 may be found here.