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Upcoming McLean County Household Hazardous Waste Collection


HHW cancelled


AUGUST 19, 2022 UPDATE: Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Fall 2022 McLean County Household Hazardous Waste Collection has been cancelled by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.  Heritage Environmental, the hazardous materials contractor for the Illinois EPA has stopped accepting materials for processing due to a recent fire at their processing facility; this facility will not be operational in time to resume collection events this fall.  This issue will likely impact all fall hazardous waste collections in the entire state of Illinois as well as the five permanent Household Hazardous Waste Collection facilities in Illinois.

Please hold on to your hazardous materials and store them safely until collection events resume next year.  The Ecology Action Center anticipates offering another McLean County Household Hazardous Waste Collection in the fall of 2023.  We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate the strong participation and support for proper disposal of hazardous wastes to protect our local water supplies and public health.

Please sign up for HHW collection updates via our Household Hazardous Waste Collection email list in order to stay in the loop on future HHW collection events.


The Saturday, September 17, 2022 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.  The deadline for appointments is Friday, September 16, 2022 at noon.

Accepted materials include: Oil-based paints, Used Motor Oil, Herbicides, Pesticides, Insecticides, Old gasoline, Pool chemicals, Cleaning products, Mercury, Acids, 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 2022 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 Heartland Community College and Republic Services.

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