Category Archives: Household toxics

IEPA Annouces Spring Household Hazardous Waste Collections

The Illinois EPA has announced three locations for its 2013 HHW collection events.

June 1: Richton Park (Cook County)
Rich South High School
5000 Sauk Trail
Richton Park, Illinois

June 8: Morris (Grundy County)
Grundy County Building
1320 Union Street
Morris, Illinois

June 22: Galesburg (Knox County)
Galesburg High School
1135 Fremont Street
Galesburg, Illinois

One-day collections are open from 8 am to 3 pm on the above scheduled Saturdays. For more information, contact the IEPA’s Waste Reduction Unit at (217) 524-3300 or visit


Phase I of Household Hazardous Waste Collection Options Project Started in East Central Illinois

Local county and municipal governments and area health agencies regularly receive inquiries from residents about how to dispose of household hazardous waste (HHW).  Historically, HHW collection options available to east central Illinois residents have been inadequate.

In December, the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission received grant support from the Lumpkin Family Foundation and Illinois Sustainable Technology Center to begin the first phase of a 3-phase project which seeks to improve HHW collection options in a 7-county area of east central Illinois (Champaign, Vermilion, Douglas, Edgar, Coles, Cumberland, and Clark Counties).

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) subsidizes the operation of four HHW collection facilities, all situated in northern Illinois.  After a three-year hiatus due to lack of state funding, during 2012, IEPA resumed a limited schedule of downstate HHW one-day collections. Local government jurisdictions or agencies requesting a HHW one-day collection are placed on a prioritized waiting list, with the amount of local funds provided for the one-day collection as one IEPA selection criterion.  Local funds to IEPA for a one-day collection are provided from landfill ‘tipping fees’ in those counties with a landfill, and funding options for the majority of downstate counties with no landfill is extremely limited.

Phase I of the project will start in January 2013 and is expected to take 6 months to complete.  Phase I includes data collection, and developing an inventory of potential alternatives for convenient HHW collection options. Phases 2 and 3 of the project will focus on selected HHW options for implementation and will include further outreach and collaboration.  One hope for the outcome of the project is that it can be used as a model in other Illinois counties.

For more information, contact Susan Monte at


House Rules

Read the full story in Waste Age.

Household hazardous waste programs can vary as much as the materials they take in. They range from one-day drop-off events to permanent facilities that operate six days a week. And community size doesn’t matter; a small district might operate a full-time facility while a big city relies on events. Perhaps unsurprisingly, a lot depends on the community served and political will.

It’s hard to nail down concrete data on household hazardous waste (HHW) programs and how they’re trending in the United States, says Victoria Hodge, HHW program supervisor in Denton, Texas, and vice president of the Westminster, Colo.-based North America Hazardous Materials Management Association (NAHMMA). NAHMMA has about 450 members comprising municipal and private waste handlers. She doesn’t know of any programs that have shut down, but notes that the budget constraints facing many of the nation’s communities represent the main challenge for HHW program managers.

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Posted by on September 27, 2012 in Household toxics, Product stewardship


Illinois EPA Announces 2012 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Schedule

Illinois EPA Interim Director John Kim announced household hazardous waste collections have resumed and have been scheduled in six downstate communities, in the Spring and the Fall of 2012, starting Saturday, June 2.

“The Illinois EPA is very pleased to be able to resume this popular and important program after a three-year hiatus,” said Director Kim. “These events will provide residents in the central and southern parts of the state an opportunity to dispose of household hazardous waste in a safe and environmentally responsible manner and will complement the four long-term household hazardous waste programs that continue to operate in the Northern part of the state.”
The 2012 one-day collections are scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays for:
  • 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
The Illinois EPA continues to support long-term facilities in Naperville, Rockford, Chicago and Lake County.
The program, which began in 1989, has already 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 homes, basements and garages statewide. The materials are handled in an environmentally sound manner, diverting them from local area landfills.
Citizens are encouraged to bring, 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. 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. Electronics and related devices will not be accepted. As of January 1, 2012, unwanted electronics must be recycled.

EPA Closes Joplin Drop-Off Site for Hazardous Waste, White Goods and Electronic Equipment; City of Joplin Drop-Off Site to Remain Open

EPA Region 7 has closed its drop-off site for Joplin, Mo., residents to bring household hazardous waste, white goods and electronic equipment pulled from the debris of the May 22 tornado, but a convenient alternative drop-off site remains open nearby, and EPA and its contractors will continue to collect those same items during ongoing curbside sweeps of the city’s storm-damaged neighborhoods.

Although EPA’s drop-off site at the former Lone Elm Wastewater Treatment Plant, 2310 North Lone Elm Road, is now closed, a nearby drop-off site operated by the City of Joplin remains open. The city’s drop-off site previously accepted only non-hazardous residential storm debris, but will now accept household hazardous waste, white goods and electronic equipment in addition to non-hazardous residential storm debris.

The City of Joplin’s drop-off site is located at the former city landfill, 901 North Black Cat Road, and will be open daily 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

To simplify the drop-off process and make it safer, residents bringing items to the site are urged to separate items into general categories: household hazardous waste (products such as pesticides, paint, solvent, cleaners and flammable liquids), white goods (large appliances such as refrigerators, washers, dryers and stoves), and electronic equipment (televisions, small appliances, game consoles).

Joplin residents can reach the drop-off site by traveling north on Schifferdecker Avenue, west on Belle Center Road, then north on Black Cat Road. The site’s entrance is on the east side of the street.

EPA chose to close its Lone Elm drop-off site because it was receiving a low volume of materials. EPA and its contractors will now make regular trips to the former city landfill site to collect and dispose of any hazardous and recyclable items that residents bring to that location.

Meanwhile, EPA’s curbside collection of household hazardous waste, white goods and electronic equipment continues to grow. As of June 20, the Agency had collected approximately 46,584 items from Joplin’s tornado debris, including 30,530 items of household hazardous waste, 12,950 pieces of electronics equipment, and 2,102 white goods, as well as 600 propane tanks or cylinders of compressed gases, 192 batteries, and 210 small engines (such as lawn mowers).

Updates to EPA’s material collection totals are posted online.

EPA is collecting white goods and electronics equipment for recycling. Household hazardous wastes, which generally cannot be recycled, are being collected for safe and proper treatment and disposal.

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Posted by on June 21, 2011 in E-waste, Household toxics


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