Properly disposing of household hazardous waste is an important way to keep these harmful products out of our local waterways and drinking water supply.  Improper disposal of household hazardous wastes can include pouring them down the drain, on the ground, into storm sewers, or in some cases putting them out with the trash.

The US EPA’s website includes helpful information about Household Hazardous Waste (HHW).  Click on the link above to learn more about reduction, reuse, recyling and disposal options. 

 

In the Aux Sable Creek Watershed, here are some ideas about local resources to dispose of harmful products, as well as links to more information about why they are hazardous products:

  • Medications - Studies have shown that pharmaceuticals and over the counter drugs are present in our nation's waterbodies and certain drugs may cause ecological harm. Unused or expired medications should not be flushed down the sink or toilet, placed in the trash nor given/sold to others.  Some local police station or sheriff’s department will accept these items.  Yorkville Police Department is a repository for safe disposal of unwanted medications in Kendall County.  They are located at 804 Game Farm Rd. and open from 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday.  Click here for information about items they accept.   In Grundy County contact the Grundy County Coroner or go to Doc's Drugs, 245 S. Broadway, Coal City, IL 60416.  Source: Illinois EPA webpage on medication disposal program.
  • Used motor oil - Contact a local automobile service shop, Kendall County Environmental Health Services Unit, Soil & Water Conservation District or www.earth911.com to recycle used motor oil.
  • Household products – This often includes drain openers, oven cleaners, grease and rust removers, glue, bug and weed killers, mold and mildew removers , as well as paint thinners, strippers and removers.   Go to www.earth911.com for information on how to dispose of these items.
  • Universal Waste – includes batteries, pesticides, mercury-containing equipment and bulbs (lamps)
    • Batteries - Batteries contain heavy metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, and nickel, which can contaminate the environment when batteries are improperly disposed. When incinerated, certain metals might be released into the air or can concentrate in the ash produced by the combustion process.  One way to reduce the number of batteries in the waste stream is to purchase rechargeable batteries. Go to http://www.rbrc.org/ to find local sites to recycle all types of rechargeable batteries (the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation is a not for profit organization) or visit www.earth911.com for tips on proper disposal of non-rechargeable batteries.
    • Bulbs - Mercury is an essential component of many energy-efficient light bulbs. The two most common types of energy-efficient lighting that contain mercury are: fluorescent bulbs, including compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and high intensity discharge (HID) bulbs.
    • Pesticides – Click on this to learn more the regulation of pesticides.
    • Mercury-containing equipment– Click here to learn more about the regulation of mercury-containing equipment.  Visit www.earth911.com to search for mercury recycling facilities. 

Local HHW drop of sites: