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Published on May 15, 2014

DeKalb County's Hosting of Household Hazardous Waste Collection

May 15, 2014

Courtesy of the DeKalb County Health Department

In conjunction with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA), NIU, Heritage Environmental and local Rotary Clubs, the DeKalb County Health Department will be providing a household hazardous waste collection on Saturday, June 21, 2014. The collection allows citizens the opportunity to safely dispose of unused or leftover household products commonly found in homes, basements, and garages. The one-day collection is scheduled to take place from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at NIU Lot 25, near the corner of Illinois Route 38 and West Stadium Drive, DeKalb. Traffic will enter the NIU area through NIU Lots K&L off of West Lincoln Highway, near 1205 West Lincoln Highway, heading north. Traffic will continue heading west on Stadium Drive South, then proceeding south on West Stadium Drive, then into the parking lot where items will be collected by Heritage Environmental, the IEPA’s licensed contractor. Volunteers will be on site to assist with traffic flow.

“The Illinois EPA is pleased to work with our community partners in DeKalb County to offer this important service to resident,” said IEPA’s David Saladino. “These community household hazardous waste collections are essential in ensuring that hazardous materials are disposed of properly.”

“The last time one of these events was held in DeKalb County was in 2007, so a large volume of material is quite likely,” said Christel Springmire, Solid Waste Coordinator of the DeKalb County Health Department.

“Residents are encouraged to bring oil-based 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,” said Jane Lux, Administrator of the DeKalb County Health Department. “Fluorescent and other high-intensity discharge lamps may also be brought.” Latex paint is not considered hazardous, so residents need to find another option for its handling.

Items not accepted include explosives, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, biohazard waste, sharps, controlled substances, agricultural chemicals and all business wastes. Propane tanks and lead acid batteries also cannot be accepted.

Since the creation of the household hazardous waste collection program in 1989, nearly 431,000 Illinois households have been served. Nearly 500 one-day events have been held, and more than 84,500 fifty-five gallon drums of toxic materials have been collected from Illinois residents. 

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