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September 29th: Household hazardous waste collection event to be held in Champaign-Urbana

The Illinois EPA will conduct a free, one-day household hazardous waste (HHW) collection in Champaign-Urbana on Saturday, September 29, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you have been accumulating unwanted medicine, paint, florescent light bulbs, batteries or other HHW, you can drop it off at the News-Gazette Distribution Center on Apollo Drive in Champaign on September 29th.

List of accepted items:
Old medicines and pharmaceuticals
Oil-based paint (Latex paint not accepted; see below)
Household batteries
Paint thinner
Used motor oil
Drain cleaners
Lawn chemicals
Old gasoline
Pool chemicals
Hobby chemicals
Cleaning products
Aerosol paint
Mercury-containing devices
Fluorescent lamp bulbs
Double-bagged & wetted asbestos
Propane tanks
Lead acid batteries

Latex-based paint will not be accepted at the collection event. Call the recycling coordinator at (217) 384-2302 for latex paint disposal options, or visit the Illinois EPA at for recommendations on how to use remaining latex-based paint.

Urbana Recycling Coordinator, Courtney Rushforth, says, "I am very happy that our community was selected for a household hazardous waste collection event this year. There has not been a hazardous waste collection event in the Champaign-Urbana area since 2006, and a large response is anticipated. Residents are encouraged to carpool and combine loads, use alternative modes of transportation, and be prepared for wait times."

The event is sponsored by the Illinois EPA. Co-sponsors include City of Urbana, City of Champaign, Village of Savoy, Champaign County, Champaign County Probation and Court Services, Champaign County Regional Planning Commission, Prairie Rivers Network, Sierra Club Prairie Group and MTD. The News-Gazette will host the event. Hick's Gas and Interstate Batteries are local onsite vendors, and will be present to collect propane tanks and lead acid batteries respectively.

For more information about this event visit or contact:
Courtney Rushforth
Recycling Coordinator, City of Urbana
Phone: (217) 384-2302
Fax: (217) 384-2400

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 9:27AM on 8/6/2012
Categories: Collection Programs In the News Single-day Events