In a change from recent years, the Ecology Action Center (EAC) is NOT asking for donations for Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection this year. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is covering most costs for an October 9, 2021 HHW collection event to be held at the Interstate Center in Bloomington.
The October 9, 2021 HHW collection event will be appointment-only in order to regulate traffic to prevent long waits; all participants must sign up for an appointment. Participation is open to all Illinois residents at no cost. Illinois regulations mandate that only residential wastes may be collected—no business or commercially generated wastes are accepted.
Accepted materials include: Oil-based paints, Used Motor Oil, Herbicides, Pesticides, Insecticides, Old gasoline, Pool chemicals, Cleaning products, Mercury, Acids, Medications (except Controlled Substances), 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, Car or Truck Batteries, Propane tanks, Smoke detectors, Farm machinery oil, Fire extinguishers, Biohazard waste, Institutional or business waste, electronics/e-waste, or appliances.
The 2021 McLean County HHW collection is made possible in partnership with Illinois EPA, support from the City of Bloomington, Town of Normal, McLean County, and BNWRD, and in-kind services donated by Republic Services.
The McLean County HHW collection event depends on the generosity of dozens of volunteers to run smoothly. Please consider signing up for a shift to assist with traffic control or other needs. All volunteers must be 18 years old or older and must be able to stand on their feet for the entirety of their shift. Volunteers will receive detailed instructions by email the week of October 4.