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Fall 2024 Household Hazardous Waste Update

The Ecology Action Center will host a Household Hazardous Waste Collection on Saturday, September 28, 2024, in Bloomington. This event is free and open to all Illinois residents.


Please register by September 20, 2024, reservations are available first come-first serve; we will likely reach our maximum capacity before this deadline.

HHW McLean

Accepted materials include: oil-based paints, used motor oil, herbicides, pesticides, insecticides, old gasoline, pool chemicals, cleaning products, mercury, acids, non-alkaline, NiCad, and lithium household batteries, paint thinners, lawn chemicals, solvents, antifreeze, hobby chemicals, aerosol paints and pesticides, fluorescent lamp bulbs, drain cleaners, and corrosives.


Unaccepted items include: latex paint, agricultural wastes, business/commercial sector wastes, explosives, fireworks, controlled substances, unwanted medications, car or truck batteries, alkaline batteries, propane tanks, smoke detectors, farm machinery oil, fire extinguishers, biohazard waste, institutional or business waste, electronics/e-waste, or appliances.

*Please note that alkaline batteries and unwanted or expired medicines including controlled substances are not accepted this year

Local options exist for some HHW materials.

Volunteers are needed to help coordinate the event. 

This Household Hazardous Waste Collection is funded by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency with additional support from the City of Bloomington, Town of Normal, McLean County, and Bloomington-Normal Water Reclamation District.

McLean County HHW Fund

The Ecology Action Center coordinates Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection for McLean County residents. Availability and frequency of these collections is dependent upon a combination of public and private funding that make up the McLean County Household Hazardous Waste Fund.

The Ecology Action Center not only coordinates one-day HHW collections but is also investigating a possible permanent HHW collection facility for McLean County and Central Illinois. Such a facility would greatly reduce the barriers to proper disposal for hazardous wastes.

Please contribute to the McLean County HHW Fund to support better and more frequent collection of Household Hazardous Waste. As the Ecology Action Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, all donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.