PEKIN, Ill. — Illinois EPA has announced a one-day Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event to take place in Havana, Ill., on Saturday, May 4, 2019. The event will take place at the former Alco/Oney’s Store, on Promenade ST, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mason County 4-H Federation members will be on hand to assist at the event and to hand out special give-away items. Local partners with the event are University of Illinois Extension Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit, Stelter-Hofreiter, Inc., Farm & Home, County Market, and Mason County Farm Bureau.
Illinois EPA Acting Director John J. Kim announced the Agency has scheduled household hazardous waste collections for the spring of 2019. Illinois EPA household hazardous waste collections are held to encourage residents to safely dispose of unused or leftover household products commonly found in homes. Ten collection sites have been confirmed for the spring with an additional four locations being finalized. Details for the additional collections will be announced at a later date.
“As one of our most popular programs, these collections provide residents with the opportunity to safely and properly dispose of hazardous chemicals and potentially dangerous materials found in our homes. This program is made possible with the support and cooperation from our local partners,” said Acting Director Kim. “Residents taking part in this program can help ensure that these hazardous products are disposed of properly to protect the environment.”
The event is open to all Illinois residents. Residents are encouraged to bring chemical cleaners, oil-based paints, thinners, antifreeze, motor oil, gasoline, kerosene, weed killers, insecticides and pesticides, old or outdated medication, and similar hazardous household products. Fluorescent and other high-intensity discharge lamps may also be brought to the collections. Items not accepted include latex paint, explosives, propane tanks, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, agricultural chemicals and business wastes. A complete list of household hazardous wastes that are and are not accepted is available online athttp://www.epa.illinois.gov/topics/waste-management/waste-disposal/household-hazardous-waste/acceptable-wastes/index
For questions concerning the Illinois EPA’s one-day or long-term collections, please contact the Waste Reduction Unit of the Agency at 217-524-3300. Household Hazardous Waste Collection Schedules are also available on the Illinois EPA website at https://www2.illinois.gov/epa/topics/waste-management/waste-disposal/household-hazardous-waste/Pages/collections.aspx.
For more information about this event or 4-H in Mason County, contact Joli Pierson, Mason County 4-H program coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or (309) 543-3308, University of Illinois Extension Fulton-Mason-Tazewell-Peoria Unit, 127 S. High St. Havana, IL 62644.
— University of Illinois Extension
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