Issue 16, September 26, 2018

Household Hazardous Material Collection Events Scheduled for Fall 2018

Fall can be an excellent time for cleaning up your chemical storage area. Now is the time to get rid of any old or unwanted pesticides while this growing season's use is still fresh in your mind. The household hazardous material collection schedule has been released to the public. More information can be found below. Here are a few options you have for disposing of your old or unwanted pesticides:

  1. Use them up. You can usually apply them to a labeled-use site regardless of whether or not pests are present. Be sure to read and follow all label directions. Sometimes pesticides are taken off the market, or certain uses are removed from the label. In those cases, existing stocks can typically still be used. Rarely does US–EPA order a stop-use on the product. However, it is illegal to apply old stocks of chlordane or 2,4,5-T. To learn about the registration status of your product in question, you can contact the manufacturer or the Illinois Department of Agriculture, (217)785-2427.
  2. Give them away. Fellow neighboring gardeners may be interested in your castoffs. It's not recommended that you sell unwanted pesticides. To sell a pesticide legally, it must still be in the original packaging with the complete label. If the pesticide is restricted use, you must be licensed in order to sell it. If the product registration has been cancelled, selling is illegal.
  3. Take them to a hazardous waste collection event. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) has scheduled a few household hazardous waste (HHW) collection events to be held across Illinois this fall. See below for the schedule.

For a list of household hazardous waste materials that are acceptable or unacceptable at these collections, please visit the Illinois EPA's Web site at

If in doubt, it may be best to first contact the Waste Reduction Unit of the IEPA at (217)785-8604.

There are special hazardous material collection events for other non-household types of pesticides:

  • Agricultural pesticides are collected at various scheduled "Agricultural Pesticide Clean Sweep" events. Contact the Illinois Department of Agriculture, (217)785-2427, for more information.
  • Structural pesticides (those used by professional applicators to control pests in and around structures) are collected at "Structural Pesticide Clean Sweep" sites. Contact the Illinois Department of Public Health, (217)782-4674, for more information.

Danville Area Community College
2000 E. Main Street
Danville, Illinois 61832
Sponsored by: Vermilion County Health Department

Fayette County Health Department
509 W. Edwards Street
Vandalia, Illinois 62471
Sponsored by: Fayette County Health Department

Park and Ride Parking Lot
Station Road (north of Mill Road)
Oswego, Illinois
Sponsored by: Fox Metro Water Reclamation District

Progress City USA
E. Mound Road
Decatur, Illinois 62521
Sponsored by: Macon County Environmental Management Department
One-day collections are open from 8 am to 3 pm on the above scheduled Saturdays. Please note these are open to all Illinois residents.  In addition, the following long-term facilities are available for disposal of HHW. Please phone ahead to determine availability and open hours.

City of Chicago
Household Chemicals and Computer Recycling Facility
1150 N. North Branch on Goose Island
Tues: 7 am - noon
Thursday:  2 pm - 7 pm
First Saturday of each month:  8 am - 3 pm
For information: (312) 744-7672

Rock River Reclamation District
3333 Kishwaukee
Sat: 8 am - 4 pm
Sun: Noon - 4 pm
For information: (815) 987-5570

Household Hazardous Waste Facility
156 Fort Hill Dr.
For information: (630) 420-6095  

Lake County:
The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) currently operates a long-term household chemical waste collection program. Information and a collection schedule can be found on the SWALCO Web site or by calling 847/336-9340.

For questions concerning the IEPA's one-day or long-term collections, please call the Waste Reduction Unit at (217) 524-3300. (Michelle Wiesbrook)

Michelle Wiesbrook

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