Thursday, May 31, 2012
Get ready to get rid of your unwanted medicine: Illinois EPA announces household hazardous waste collection events
Illinois EPA announces 2012 household hazardous waste collection schedule
The Illinois EPA announced that six household hazardous waste collection events will be held in central and southern Illinois in 2012. The events will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the following locations and will accept unwanted pharmaceuticals:
Carbondale on June 2
Quincy on June 23
Peoria on September 8
Swansea on September 15
Springfield on September 22
Champaign-Urbana on September 29
In addition to the six downstate single-day events, the Illinois EPA continues to support long-term HHW facilities in Naperville, Rockford, Chicago and Lake County. The program, which began in 1989, has served nearly 417,000 households. Since the program's inception, 465 one-day events have been held and over 81,000 fifty-five gallon drums of toxic materials have been collected from Illinois citizens. The collections give citizens the opportunity to safely dispose of unused or leftover household products commonly found in their homes, basements and garages. The materials are handled in an environmentally sound manner, diverting them from local area landfills.
Paints, thinners, chemical cleaners, unwanted pharmaceuticals, mercury and mercury-containing items, antifreeze, motor oil, gasoline, kerosene, weed killers, insecticides, pesticides, adhesives, hobby chemicals, household batteries and similar products will be accepted. Fluorescent and other high-intensity discharge lamps may also be brought to the collections. Medical waste, sharps and controlled substances will not be accepted. As of January 1, 2012, unwanted electronics must be recycled, so no electronics or related devices will be accepted.