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Illinois EPA Announces Fall Household Hazardous Waste Collections

For Immediate Release
Aug.16, 1999
Contact: Dennis McMurray
217- 785-1871
TDD: 217-782-9143

Springfield, Ill. -- The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is co-sponsoring four one-day household hazardous waste collections in September and October. They will be held in Toulon (Sept.11); Sycamore (Sept. 18); Springfield (Oct.2); and Brookfield (Oct. 16).

"These free drop off collections give citizens an opportunity to rid their homes of unused or unwanted household products that are potentially harmful to the environment," said Illinois EPA Director Thomas Skinner. "Over the past 10 years, with the partnership of local organizations and agencies, we have served more than 194,000 households and safely disposed of nearly 40,000 drums of hazardous waste."

The collections are scheduled on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for greatest convenience to working families. Citizens may bring harsh chemical cleaners, paints, thinners, antifreeze, weed killers and other pesticides, herbicides and insecticides, pool chemicals, household batteries, used motor oil, drain cleaners, lawn chemicals, hobby chemicals, aerosol paints, and fluorescent lamp bulbs.

A contractor hired by Illinois EPA will correctly dispose of all the wastes dropped off at the collections.

The wastes accepted are limited to households and those generated by agriculture, business and commercial generation will not be accepted. Explosives, fireworks, lead acid batteries, propane tanks, smoke detectors, farm machinery oil, fire extinguishers and institutional wastes are also unacceptable.

The collections are funded through fees on landfill waste and financial and volunteer worker contributions from local organizations.

Following are the dates, cities, collection points, and co-sponsors for the four collections this fall.

Date Location Site Address Co-sponsor(s)
Sept. 11 Toulon
Stark County
Stark County Farm Bureau
1001 East Main

Stark County Farm Bureau
Sept. 18 Sycamore
DeKalb County
DeKalb County Farm Bureau
1350 West Prairie Dr.
DeKalb County Farm Bureau,
DeKalb County Health Dept.,
League of Women Voters

Oct. 2 Springfield
Sangamon County
Illinois State Fairgrounds
Gate 11
8th St. & Sangamon Ave.
Sangamon County
Dept. of Public Health,
City of Springfield -
Office of Solid Waste

Oct. 16 Brookfield
Cook County
Brookfield Zoo
3300 Golf Road
Northwest Parking Lot
West Cook County
Solid Waste Agency,
Brookfield Zoo

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