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October 15, 2013, 7:00 am
Filed under: Medical recycling

NeedlesA pilot program is being offered by the village that will provide residents with the opportunity to dispose of syringes and pen needles in a safe manner.

Residents can bring used syringes and pen needles that have been placed in a thick plastic container (e.g. liquid detergent container) or red approved syringe disposal box to the Village of Schaumburg Nursing Division Building located at 521 E. Schaumburg Road. Drop off days will be the second and fourth Monday of the month from 11 am to 1 pm.

Requirements for this program include:

  • Must be Village of Schaumburg resident
  • Will need to show proof of residency
  • Maximum number of containers that will be accepted per resident is two
  • Resident will be required to sign the syringe disposal log-in sheet.

For more information, please call the Public Health and Nursing Division at 847.923.3766.


October 2, 2013, 7:00 am
Filed under: Pharmaceuticals, Recycling

The Police Department of Hoffman Estates is partnering with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for a drug disposal event:

Saturday, Oct. 26
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Hoffman Estates Police Department
411 W. Higgins Road
Hoffman Estates, IL  60169
Unfortunately, no liquids or needles will be accepted at this event.

Residents will be able to properly and safely dispose of accumulated, unwanted and unused prescription pills, including controlled substances, which have not been previously accepted by the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC).

For more information contact:

Hoffman Estates Police Sgt. Joe Dornbos at 847-781-2823 or at

October 1, 2013, 7:00 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

At many of the local Recycling Events, people quite often bring leftover paint with them, hoping that these cans will be accepted.  Unfortunately, that is hardly ever the case.  The fact of the matter is there are very few locations in the area–let alone Schaumburg Township–where paint may be dropped off.  You might consider:



Roselle Ace Hardware
821 E. Nerge Road
Roselle, IL  (in the Cross Creek Commons Shopping Center)
They will accept paint gallons and quarts for a small fee.  $2.50 for a gallon and $1.50 for a quart.

Northern Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity Re-Store
800 N. State Street
Elgin, IL  60123
(847) 742-9905
*They will accept almost-full cans that are less than a year old.

Otherwise, we offer these hints for getting rid of the paint yourself in a safe, ecological manner.

You first need to determine if it’s latex or oil-based paint.  If it is oil-based, that is considered a hazardous waste and needs to be dropped off at one of the area’s hazardous waste locations.  That list can be found below.  If it is latex, try these solutions:

  • If less than one-fourth of the paint in the can still remains, simply leave it in the sun to dry out. Once solid, you can throw away the paint with the rest of your trash.
  • If a lot of paint remains, brush the excess on newspaper or cardboard paper and leave it out in the sun to dry.
  • Another option is to mix the paint with an equal amount of kitty litter and leave it open to dry.

The paint may then be disposed of in your trash although it is a good idea to leave the can open so that the garbage man is aware the paint is dried up.

For those of you with oil-based paint, the hazardous waste locations are:

Naperville Fire Station #4 1971 Brookdale Road Naperville, IL 630-420-4190 Saturday and Sunday, 9-2.   No latex paint.

Solid Waste Agency of Lake County 1311 N. Estes St. Gurnee, IL By appt only for all IL residents Collections on 2nd Saturday & 4th Monday; Upcoming on Feb. 13 & 22, March 13 & 22. 847-336-9340

Rockford Rock River Reclamation District 3333 Kishwaukee Rockford, IL 8-4 Sat.; 12-4 Sun. 815-387-7400.  No latex paint.

Cook County Goose Island 1150 N. Branch St. Chicago, IL 312-744-7606 Tues. 7-12; Thurs. 2-7;  1st Saturday of month 8-3.   No latex paint.