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  • Old and outdated medicines and pharmaceuticals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.


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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