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Illinois EPA Schedules 13 Household Hazardous Waste Collections

For Immediate Release
Aug. 5, 1996
Media Contact: Geoff Sutton, 217-785-4428
Technical Contact: G. Tod Rowe, 217-785-8604
Hearing Impaired: TDD, 217-782-9143

Springfield, Ill. - The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is co-sponsoring 13 household hazardous waste collections from late August to early November 1996. Six events are planned in central and southern Illinois, six in northeastern Illinois and one in Chicago.

Collections are scheduled on Saturdays, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Residents of cosponsoring communities are urged to bring weed killers, drain cleaners, paints, thinners, antifreeze, pesticides and similar household hazardous products. Unacceptable are explosives, propane tanks, fire extinguishers, agricultural chemicals and business wastes. Additionally, event organizers ask residents to take their used motor oil and auto batteries to local recyclers.

"We schedule a number of these popular one-day events each spring and fall so citizens can safely dispose of potentially hazardous household products," said Illinois EPA Director Mary A. Gade. "So far, the Agency has assisted in 152 successful collections, which altogether filled 25,360 drums with hazardous wastes gathered from nearly 139,000 households."

Household hazardous waste collections are free to the public. A contractor hired by the Illinois EPA correctly disposes of all collected wastes. The program is funded by statewide fees on landfilled solid waste.

Following are dates, cities, collection points, cosponsors and local contacts for forthcoming events:

Date Location Site Address Cosponsor
Aug. 24 Chicago 1835 W. 95th St.
(95th and Longwood)
Chicago Dept. of Environment
Sept. 14 Glenview Wheeling Township Transfer Station, 3 Providence Drive Solid Waste Agency of
Northern Cook County
Sept. 21 East Hazel Crest Commuter Parking Lot
1904 W. 174th St.
South Suburban Managers
and Mayors Association
Sept. 21 Decatur Illinois Power Co.
2460 N. Jasper
Macon County Solid Waste Management
Sept. 28 St. Charles Intersection of Empire
and Burlington Roads
Campton Township
Oct. 5 West Frankfort City Hall
201 E. Poplar
City of West Frankfort
Oct. 5 Hickory Hills Dept. of Public Works
7700 W. 98th St.
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
Oct. 12 Henry 509 Front St. Marshall-Putnam Farm Bureau
Oct. 12 Sycamore DeKalb County Farm Bureau
1350 W. Prairie Drive
DeKalb County Farm Bureau
and League of Women Voters
Oct. 19 Woodstock Government Center
2200 N. Seminary Ave.
McHenry County Dept. of
Planning and Development
Oct. 26 East Peoria Fondulac Park District
201 Veterans Drive
Tazewell County Health Dept.
Nov. 2 Roxana Shell Oil Co. Refinery
900 S. Central
River Bend Communities
and Shell Oil Co.
Nov. 2 Carlinville 1900 N. University St. Macoupin County Health Dept.

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