Recycling event to dispose of hazardous waste

DeKALB – The DeKalb County Health Department, in conjuction with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Northern Illinois University, Heritage Environmental and local Rotary clubs, will host a hazardous household waste collection from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 21.

People can safely dispose of hazardous household items commonly found in basements, homes, and garages. The collection will take place at NIU Lot 25, near Route 38 and West Stadium Drive in DeKalb. Traffic will enter the site near 1205 W. Lincoln Highway, then will proceed west on Stadium Drive South and south on West Stadium Drive.

“The Illinois EPA is pleased to work with our community partners in DeKalb County to offer this important service to residents,” David Saladino of the IEPA said. “These community household hazardous waste collections are essential in ensuring that hazardous materials are disposed of properly.”

“The last time one of these events was held in DeKalb County was in 2007, so a large volume of material is quite likely,” said Christel Springmire, solid waste coordinator of the DeKalb County Health Department.

Residents are encouraged to bring oil-based paints, thinners, chemical cleaners, unwanted pharmaceuticals, mercury and mercury-containing items, antifreeze, motor oil, gasoline, kerosene, weed killers, insecticides, pesticides, adhesives, hobby chemicals, household batteries and similar products, said Jane Lux, administrator of the DeKalb County Health Department. Fluorescent and other high-intensity discharge lamps may also be brought. Latex paint is not considered hazardous, so residents need to find another option for its handling.

Items not accepted include explosives, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, biohazard waste, sharps, controlled substances, agricultural chemicals and all business wastes. Propane tanks and lead acid batteries also cannot be accepted.

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