Although Gov. Quinn proclaimed Tuesday, April 22, 2014 as “Earth Day”, Illinois continues its efforts to collect household hazardous waste materials. In the fiscal year 2013, Illinois recycled 5,521,906 pounds of paper, 830,714 pounds of OCC (card board), 2,486 pounds of plastic, 4,114 pounds of aluminum, 103,449 pounds of scrap metal from empty food cans and 48,179 pounds of assorted co-mingled items.
Because community household hazardous waste collections are essential in ensuring that hazardous materials are disposed of properly, Illinois EPA will continue to host collections this spring. The following communities will hold one day events for Illinois residents.
May 3, 2014 Palos Hills, Moraine Valley Community College, 900 W. College Parkway, Cook County
May 17, 2014 Taylorville, County Fairgrounds, Christian County
May 17, 2014 Countryside, 5550 East Ave. (adjacent to City Hall), Cook County
May 31, 2014 Wood River, Wood River Refinery, IL Rt. 111, Madison County
June 7, 2014 Lewistown, Farm Bureau, 15411 N. IL 100 Highway, Fulton County
June 21, 2014 DeKalb, Northern Illinois University, Lot 25, Rt. 38 & W. Stadium Drive, DeKalb County
June 28, 2014 Blue Island, Eisenhower High School, 12700 Sacramento Ave., Cook County
Through the collections, residents are encouraged to bring oil-based paints, thinners, chemical cleaners, unwanted pharmaceuticals, mercury and mercury-containing items, motor oil, antifreeze, gasoline, kerosene, insecticides, pesticides, weed killers, adhesives, hobby chemicals, household batteries and similar products. Fluorescent and other high-intensity discharge lamps may also be brought to the collections. The public is encouraged to find alternative uses for latex paint since it is not considered hazardous.
Items not accepted include explosives, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, medical waste, sharps, controlled substances, agricultural chemicals and all business wastes. Propane tanks and lead acid auto batteries cannot be accepted at most of the events, but should be taken to local recyclers.
Everyone are encouraged to do their part to help preserve, sustain and beautify our state to ensure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.