The U.S. EPA considers some leftover household products that can catch fire, react, or explode under certain circumstances, or that are corrosive or toxic as household hazardous waste. Products, such as paints, cleaners, oils, batteries, and pesticides can contain hazardous ingredients and require special care when you dispose of them.

The Illinois EPA coordinates one-day household hazardous waste collections each year in the spring and fall.  In Cook County, Oak Forest and Schaumburg are hosting household hazardous waste collection events this month.

ACCEPTABLE ITEMS: oil based paints, used motor oil, herbicides, pesticides, drain cleaners, old gasoline, lawn chemicals, antifreeze, fluorescent lamp bulbs, cleaning products, mercury, household batteries, and outdated medicine.

NOT ACCEPTED: latex based paints, agricultural chemicals, propane tanks, smoke detectors, explosives, fireworks, lead acid batteries, fire extinguishers, sharps, needles and potentially infectious medical waste.

Oak Forest Event

Saturday, June 10, 2017
8:00am-3:00pm

Bring your hazardous wastes to the Oak Forest Public Works lot located at 158th and Lorel Avenue.

ACCEPTABLE ITEMS: oil based paints, used motor oil, herbicides, pesticides, drain cleaners, old gasoline, lawn chemicals, antifreeze, fluorescent lamp bulbs, cleaning products, mercury, household batteries, and outdated medicine.

NOT ACCEPTED: latex based paints, agricultural chemicals, propane tanks, smoke detectors, explosives, fireworks, lead acid batteries, fire extinguishers, sharps, needles and potentially infectious medical waste.

Schaumburg Event

Saturday, June 24, 2017

8:00am-3:00pm

Long-Term Collection Facilities

In addition, the following long-term facilities are available for disposal of household hazardous waste.

Naperville 156 Fort Hill Drive (immediately north of Naperville Public Works at 180 Fort Hill Drive)
(630) 420 – 6095
Sat: 9 am – 2 pm
Sun: 9 am – 2 pm
For Information

City of Chicago 1150 N. North Branch on Goose Island
(312) 744-7672
Tues: 7 am – noon
Thursday: 2 pm – 7 pm
First Saturday of each month: 8 am – 3 pm
For Information

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

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.