Typical Household Hazardous Wastes

Household Hazardous Wastes are materials and chemicals that are toxic, flammable, corrosive, reactive, or explosive. They typically cannot be safely recycled or disposed of without a special center or collection event. These wastes can be a serious threat to water supplies and our local environment if they are improperly discarded with nonhazardous trash (put into a municipal solid waste landfill), dumped down the drain, or illegally dumped elsewhere.

The following are examples of common Household Hazardous Wastes.

  • Oil-based paints
  • Paint thinners
  • Used motor oil
  • Herbicides
  • Drain cleaners
  • Old gasoline
  • Antifreeze
  • Cleaning products
  • Mercury
  • Double bagged and wetted asbestos
  • Household batteries
  • Insecticides
  • Lawn chemicals
  • Pesticides
  • Solvents
  • Pool chemicals
  • Hobby chemicals
  • Aerosol paints and pesticides
  • Fluorescent lamp bulbs
  • Old and outdated medicines and pharmaceuticals

No industrial, commercial, or business wastes can be accepted at a residential Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event, only residential wastes.

2022 McLean County Household Hazardous Waste Collection is now taking appointments.  See details at HHWmclean.org.

Hazardous Waste (No permanent facility near Bloomington-Normal)
Below are places in IL that accept hazardous waste.
Location Address Phone Number Notes
Rock River Reclamation District 3333 Kishwaukee Street., Rockford (815)987-5570 No large quantities of oil based paint. Phone ahead
Naperville 156 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville (630)420-6095 Drop-off hours: Sat. & Sun.: 9am-2pm, but phone ahead
City of Chicago 1150 N. North Branch, Chicago (312)744-7672 Drop-off hours: Tues. 7am-12pm, Thurs. 2pm-7pm, 1st Sat. of every month 8am-3pm, but phone ahead

 

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