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HOUSEHOLD CHEMICAL WASTE COLLECTION
June 4, 2016, 7:00 am
Filed under: Hazardous Wastes

household hazardous waste2If you’re looking for a place to drop off your household hazardous wastes, try to take advantage of the Hazardous Waste Event that will be available at Lake Zurich High School.  It’s not too late to collect your household cleaners, fertilizers and herbicides and drop them off at the Mobile Event in Lake Zurich.

What:  Household Chemical Waste Collection Mobile Event
Who:  Solid Waste Agency of Lake County
Where:  Lake Zurich High School, 300 Church Street, Lake Zurich
When:  Saturday, June 18, 2016.  8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

It’s a great opportunity to comb through your kitchen, bathrooms, laundry rooms, basement and garage to dispose of these items in a healthy, eco-friendly way!



WHERE TO DISPOSE OF HOUSEHOLD CHEMICAL AND HAZARDOUS WASTES
April 7, 2016, 8:45 pm
Filed under: Hazardous Wastes
household cleaning products
The following long-term facilities are available for disposal of Household Chemical Waste. Please phone the long-term facilities ahead to determine availability and open hours. For questions concerning the IEPA’s one-day or long-term collections, please call the Waste Reduction Unit at (217) 524-3300.
Chicago’s Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling Facility
Tuesdays: 7:00 am to 12:00 pm
Thursdays: 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
1st Saturday of month: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
NO LATEX PAINT
Also accepts computer materials and propane tanks.
Naperville Household Hazardous Waste Facility
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday
NO LATEX PAINT
Also accepts batteries, peanut oil, propane tanks (20 pounds or less), and asbestos
materials (in a size that will fit in a 55-gallon drum; not in excess of 50 pounds).
(630) 420-4190
Rockford Rock River Reclamation District
8:00 am – 4:00 pm Sat
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm Sun
NO LATEX PAINT
(815) 387-7400
Solid Waste Agency of Lake County
By appointment only on second Saturday or fourth Monday of each month
(847) 336-9340
Although the IEPA’s contractors do not accept auto batteries, propane tanks, or fire extinguishers, co-sponsors may elect to contact a vendor willing to set up and accept these materials on the day of the collection event. Contact the IEPA at (217) 785-8604 to verify materials being accepted.


PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AND SHARPS DROP OFF IN HOFFMAN ESTATES
February 29, 2016, 7:00 am
Filed under: Hazardous Wastes, Pharmaceuticals

Drug DisposalWhat:  The Hoffman Estates Department of Health and Human Services accepts outdated or unused non-controlled substance medications and sharps (syringes, needles and lancets.)  Used sharps should be contained in a biohazard container available to residents at no cost from the Department of Health and Human Services. Or they may be encapsulated inside a rigid plastic laundry detergent bottle with a screw-top lid.

When:  The First Wednesday of each month from 10-2.

Where:  Health and Human Services entrance at the south side of the Hoffman Estates Village Hall, 1900 Hassell Road.

Who:  For Hoffman Estates residents only.



RECYCLING SMOKE DETECTORS
November 6, 2015, 7:00 am
Filed under: Hazardous Wastes, Recycling

Smoke detectorSince most smoke detectors contain small amounts of radioactive materials, they are not readily accepted at most hazardous waste dropoffs.   Federal regulations stipulate that all smoke detector packaging must contain the company’s mail back address so that they may be disposed of properly.  Please call the company for instructions on mailing the detctors back properly or you have the following options:

 

For First Alert or BRK:

  • Send to:
    • First Alert Disposal 3901 Liberty Street Aurora IL, 60504
      • (You may want to confirm with USPS any special label for mailing smoke detectors.)

For Other Brands: Curie Environmental in New Mexico will take any smoke detector back for a small price

  • $8.00/detector
  • Specific instructions on how to send the detector to them may be found at www.curieservices.com
  • You will need: quantity & microcuries (found on the back of detector)
  • Pay online (using PayPal)
  • Print out the shipping label (USPS or UPS)
  • For questions (505) 888-9392

PLEASE REMOVE THE BATTERIES BEFORE MAILING THEM BACK TO THE COMPANIES.

Each company takes apart the detectors to recycle the plastic and other re-usable materials. The radioactive material is then separated and sent to a landfill that is specially designed to take in radioactive waste.

(Many thanks to SCARE Environmental Education for providing this information!)



HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE EVENT
May 1, 2015, 7:00 am
Filed under: Hazardous Wastes

With the state of Illinois holding limited hazardous waste collections due to budget concerns, you might want to take advantage of this event being sponsored by the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County:

 

 

Household Chemical Waste Mobile Event
Saturday, May 16, 2015, 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Vernon Hills Metra Station
Route 45 and Ranney Avenue
Vernon Hills, IL
APPOINTMENTS ARE NOT REQUIRED.  

All HCW collections are for residential waste only.  No business waste will be accepted.

Items you can bring to a collection include: CFL bulbs, unwanted prescription and over-the counter medicines and supplements (people and pet), household cleaners, gasoline, garden chemicals, pesticides, oil-based paints (no latex) and varnishes, as well as other household chemicals.  For a more detailed list see this SWALCO flyer Hazardous Waste flyer
All SWALCO HCW Collection Events are FREE and for Illinois residents ONLY.


HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTIONS
February 20, 2015, 7:00 am
Filed under: Hazardous Wastes, Local Drop-off Sites

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Permanent dropoff locations in the Chicagoland area:

156 Fort Hill Drive
Naperville, IL

(located just north of Public Works at Fort Hill Drive & Jefferson Avenue)
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;
847-336-9340

Rockford Rock River Reclamation District
3333 Kishwaukee
Rockford, IL
8-4 Sat.; 12-4 Sun.
815-987-5570
No latex paint.

Cook County Goose Island
1150 N. Branch St.
Chicago, IL
312-744-7672
Tues. 7-12; Thurs. 2-7;  1st Saturday of month 8-3
No latex paint.



HAZARDOUS WASTE RECYCLING THIS SATURDAY
October 7, 2014, 7:00 am
Filed under: Hazardous Wastes, Recycling

If you have been saving your pesticides, oil-based paint, garden chemicals or househould cleaners for the next Hazardous Waste Recyling Event, now is the time to collect your items.

The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) is holding an event on Saturday, November 1 at the Mundelein Metra Train Station from 8:00 to 2:30.  The train station can be found at 205 N. Archer Avenue in Mundelein.

Items you can bring to the collection include: CFL bulbs, unwanted prescription and over-the counter medicines and supplements (people and pet), household cleaners, gasoline, garden chemicals, pesticides, oil-based paints (no latex) and varnishes, as well as other household chemicals. For a more detailed list visit SWALCO’s HCW website www.swalco.org

Residents of Illinois are encouraged to contribute.  Unfortunately, small businesses are excluded at this time.