Illinois EPA will host Fall 2018 Household Hazardous Waste Collection events

Illinois EPA Director Alec Messina has announced the Agency has scheduled household hazardous waste collections for the spring of 2019. Illinois EPA household hazardous waste collections are held to encourage residents to safely dispose of unused or leftover household products commonly found in homes. Five collection sites are confirmed for the fall.

Douglas County has not been selected for a household hazardous waste collection in over 15 years, and the closest event this spring will be Saturday, April 27 in Effingham at the Village Square Mall parking lot South Banker from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., which is much closer than the permanent locations located in the Chicago area. Please take advantage of this opportunity to remove household hazardous waste from your home and keep our environment safe with safe disposal.

One-day collections are open to all Illinois residents.

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paints, thinners, antifreeze, motor oil, gasoline, kerosene, weed killers, insecticides and pesticides, old or outdated medication, and similar hazardous household products.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

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