Category: Household toxics

You Paid For It: Free household waste disposal program now available to Illinois residents

Read the full story at Fox2 Now.

Madison County is setting up a new household waste disposal program that’s free to all Illinois residents. Residents will be able to bring everything from oil-based paints to pesticides to cleaning solvents to lead-acid batteries to medicines to a new site in Wood River…

Collection days are the first Saturday and the third Friday of each month. The next appointment dates are Nov. 6 and 19 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Dec. 4 and 17 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. To schedule an appointment, visit the county’s website or call 618-296-5237.

Champaign County Household Hazardous Waste Collection scheduled for October 26; Online registration begins September 23

The online registration for the fall Illinois EPA-Sponsored One-Day Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event in Champaign County will open on Monday, September 23, at 8 a.m. The link to the online registration system is The collection event will take place on Saturday, October 26, in Champaign. Residents can find drop-off location information on the registration website.

This drop-off event is open to all Illinois residents. Residents must register for an appointment in order to attend. On September 23, residents can reserve one of the available 15-minute time slots between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Immediately upon reserving a time, a confirmation email and/or text message will be sent. The resident will also receive a postcard in the U.S. Mail five to seven days before the event which serves as their “ticket” into the event.

A complete list of household hazardous wastes that are and are not accepted is available online at

The online registration will remain open until all 15-minute time slots are full.

If residents need assistance registering for the event, they can contact Nichole Millage, Environmental Sustainability Specialist by email at or call 217-403-4780.

Need to safely dispose of household hazardous waste? You’re in for a drive

Read the full story in the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette. See also my post from earlier this week on Illinois EPA’s household hazardous waste collection dates for this spring.

Note that all of the IEPA one-day collections accept the same materials. See the full list on their web site.

That old can of oven cleaner, the lighter fluid left over after you bought a gas grill, the rest of the pesticide that didn’t work so well to kill the ants — what do you do with all this stuff when you no longer need it?

Local governments are frequently asked where Champaign County residents can drop off household hazardous waste for safe disposal, and the answer is: There isn’t such a place.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency holds a limited number of one-day household-hazardous-waste collections in communities around the state each spring and fall.

But local officials said there hasn’t been a state-sponsored collection in Champaign County since 2012.

Permanent collection sites for hazardous household waste are also limited, and the only four of them in Illinois are clustered in the northern area of the state.

Illinois EPA Announces Spring 2019 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events

Illinois EPA has announced scheduled household hazardous waste collections for Spring 2019. Illinois EPA holds household hazardous waste collections  to encourage residents to safely dispose of unused or leftover toxic products commonly found in homes.

Ten collection sites have been confirmed for the spring. IEPA is finalizing an  additional four locations. Details for the additional collections will be announced when they become available.

March 23, 2019
Gibson City
Ford County
115 S. Sangamon Ave.
Gibson City, Illinois
Ford County Soil and Water Conservation District
April 13, 2019 Brookfield
Cook County
Brookfield Zoo, North parking lot
8400 West 31st St.
Brookfield, Illinois
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago;
Brookfield Zoo
April 13, 2019 Griggsville
Pike County
Western Illinois Fairgrounds
516 S. Oak St.
Griggsville, Illinois
Pike County Economic Development Corporation
April 27, 2019 Effingham
Effingham County
Village Square Mall parking lot
South Banker
Effingham, Illinois
City of Effingham, Emergency Management Agency
May 4, 2019 Havana
Mason County
Neiman Foods
parking lot
504 S. Promenade St.
Havana, Illinois 62644
University of Illinois Extension, Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit
May 18, 2019 East Moline
Rock Island County
Rock Island County Fairgrounds
4200 Archer Dr.
East Moline, Illinois 61244
Rock Island County Waste Management Agency
May 18, 2019 Sparta
Randolph County
World Shooting and Recreation Complex
1 Main Event Ln.
Sparta, Illinois 62286
Randolph County
June 1, 2019 Cobden
Union County
Cobden Community Park
Locust Street
Cobden, Illinois 62286
Village of Cobden
June 8, 2019 Sycamore
DeKalb County
TBD DeKalb County Farm Bureau
June 15, 2019 Roanoke
Woodford County
Woodford County Highway Dept.
301 S. Main St.
Roanoke, Illinois 61561
Woodford County Health Department
June 29, 2019 Morrison
Whiteside County
Whiteside County Highway Dept.
18819 Lincoln Rd.
Morrison, Illinois 61270
Whiteside County
TBD East Dundee
Kane County
TBD Lebanon
St. Clair County
TBD Harrisburg
Saline County

Note:  One-day collections are open to all Illinois residents and operate from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the above scheduled Saturdays.

What items can I bring for disposal?

Items that will be accepted include 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.

IEPA has a complete list of household hazardous wastes that are and are not accepted at

Are there year-round collection facilities?

The following long-term collection facilities are available for disposal of household hazardous waste throughout the year:

For questions concerning the Illinois EPA’s one-day or long-term collections, please contact the Waste Reduction Unit of the Agency at 217-524-3300.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Schedules are also available on the Illinois EPA website at

How do I schedule a collection event in my community?

If your community wants to host a collection event, download an application or apply online.

IEPA accepts applications each fiscal year, keeps them active indefinitely, and DOES NOT CHOOSE on a first come, first serve basis.

IEPA categorizes applications into potential large, medium or small events then ranks them by a point system based on certain criteria. They choose events each spring and fall by using the ranking system. They determine the number of collections based on available funding.

For more information, visit

Household hazardous waste collection event scheduled for Gibson City on March 23

Gibson City will be holding a household hazardous waste collection event on Saturday, March 23 from  8 am-3 pm. This event is open to all Illinois residents and is the closest scheduled option for those living in Champaign County.

hhw collection gibson city

How One Community is Educating its Residents on Proper Disposal of Home Medical Waste

Read the full story in Waste360.

When household medical waste—from sharps and tubing to IV bags—is improperly disposed of in recycling containers, it slows the work at materials recovery facilities (MRFs) and can put workers’ health in jeopardy.

Recently motivated by medical waste thrown into residential recycling carts, the Region of Peel, which provides waste management services in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and in the Town of Caledon, in Ontario, Canada, reached out to remind its 1.4 million residents what constitutes household medical waste and sharps and how they need to properly dispose of them.

Improving Household Hazardous Waste Collection Options for East Central Illinois

The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center’s latest technical report, Improving Household Hazardous Waste Collection Options for East Central Illinois, assesses the current state of household hazardous waste (HHW) collection activity in Illinois and reviews the options in Champaign County as of January 2013.

It summarizes applicable federal and state regulations, best management practices related to HHW collection, and challenges associated with HHW collection in Champaign County. It also compares the costs of one-day collection events in Illinois and the costs associated with start-up, operation, and processing of permanent HHW collection facilities. Finally, it includes a preliminary “strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats” (SWOT) assessment for three potential options for Champaign County.

Spring Cleaning? National Library of Medicine Household Products Database can help

Spring cleaning?

The Environmental Protection Agency ranks indoor air pollution among the top environmental dangers.

Common cleaning products can contribute to this problem. Immediate effects of exposure to indoor pollutants can include headaches, dizziness, and fatigue, as well as irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, and exacerbated symptoms of asthma and other respiratory illnesses.

Learn what’s in these products, their potential health effects, and about safety and handling with the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Household Products Database (HPD).

HPD links over 15,000 consumer brands to health effects from Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) provided by manufacturers and allows scientists and consumers to research products based on chemical ingredients. The database is designed to help answer the following questions:

  • What are the chemical ingredients and their percentage in specific brand?
  • Which products contain specific chemical ingredients?
  • Who manufactures a specific brand? How do I contact this manufacturer?
  • What are the acute and chronic effects of chemical ingredients in a specific brand?
  • What other chemical information is available from the National Library of Medicine?

Explore the Household Products Database at

IEPA Annouces Spring Household Hazardous Waste Collections

The Illinois EPA has announced three locations for its 2013 HHW collection events.

June 1: Richton Park (Cook County)
Rich South High School
5000 Sauk Trail
Richton Park, Illinois

June 8: Morris (Grundy County)
Grundy County Building
1320 Union Street
Morris, Illinois

June 22: Galesburg (Knox County)
Galesburg High School
1135 Fremont Street
Galesburg, Illinois

One-day collections are open from 8 am to 3 pm on the above scheduled Saturdays. For more information, contact the IEPA’s Waste Reduction Unit at (217) 524-3300 or visit

Phase I of Household Hazardous Waste Collection Options Project Started in East Central Illinois

Local county and municipal governments and area health agencies regularly receive inquiries from residents about how to dispose of household hazardous waste (HHW).  Historically, HHW collection options available to east central Illinois residents have been inadequate.

In December, the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission received grant support from the Lumpkin Family Foundation and Illinois Sustainable Technology Center to begin the first phase of a 3-phase project which seeks to improve HHW collection options in a 7-county area of east central Illinois (Champaign, Vermilion, Douglas, Edgar, Coles, Cumberland, and Clark Counties).

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) subsidizes the operation of four HHW collection facilities, all situated in northern Illinois.  After a three-year hiatus due to lack of state funding, during 2012, IEPA resumed a limited schedule of downstate HHW one-day collections. Local government jurisdictions or agencies requesting a HHW one-day collection are placed on a prioritized waiting list, with the amount of local funds provided for the one-day collection as one IEPA selection criterion.  Local funds to IEPA for a one-day collection are provided from landfill ‘tipping fees’ in those counties with a landfill, and funding options for the majority of downstate counties with no landfill is extremely limited.

Phase I of the project will start in January 2013 and is expected to take 6 months to complete.  Phase I includes data collection, and developing an inventory of potential alternatives for convenient HHW collection options. Phases 2 and 3 of the project will focus on selected HHW options for implementation and will include further outreach and collaboration.  One hope for the outcome of the project is that it can be used as a model in other Illinois counties.

For more information, contact Susan Monte at

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