How To: Dispose of Hazardous Household Waste

How To: Dispose of Hazardous Household Waste

Sarah Coffey
Mar 11, 2008

When we posted Chemicals to Avoid in Household Cleaners yesterday, a few folks asked for tips on disposing of chemical cleaners. Most cities now have hazardous household waste collection sites. Click below for tips on what to dispose of and how to find the site nearest you...

According to the Chicago Recycling Coalition, hazardous household waste includes household products that "pose dangers to our groundwater, soil, wildlife, and public health." Examples are "oil-based paints, pesticides, automotive fluids, mercury thermometers, batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, weed killers, insecticides, drain cleaners, home photo and hobby chemicals, cleaning products, thinners and strippers, acids/bases, aerosols, and antifreeze."

We found a link to Purdue's Guide for Household Waste Disposal through the EPA. It includes a list of disposal do's and don'ts, as well as a list of which household cleaners should be flushed, and which should be saved for collection.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency provides a schedule with dates, times, and sites for hazardous household waste collection. There are also long-term drop-off facilities (listed below the schedule) in Chicago, Naperville, and Rockford.

The Federal EPA lists an overview of how to dispose of household waste, although they don't provide links to local disposal sites. To find the HHW collection site nearest you, check with your State Environmental Protection Agency.

AT:LA also has a great post with collection sites across the country.

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