Hundreds of slots available for hazardous waste event

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — Turnout for Champaign County’s last Hazardous Waste Event was so big last October that officials have decided to give it another go.

Each year, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency chooses a county to host a drive where people can safely throw away materials like paint, drain cleaner, motor oil and pool chemicals, among other things.

In October, the IEPA picked Champaign County, but Champaign’s Environmental Sustainability Specialist Nichole Millage said the event drew a crowd so large that not everyone was able to make it through the line.

The next IEPA hazardous waste drive — slated for April 4 — was organized directly in response to that turnout. Millage said the new event will have additional drop-off lines and more staff available.

Items the IEPA will accept in this drop-off include:

  • Oil-based paints and paint thinners
  • Herbicides, insecticides and pesticides
  • Old gasoline and keosene
  • Pool chemicals
  • Other cleaning products, including drain cleaner
  • Mercury
  • Lead-acid batteries
  • Used motor oil
  • Lawn chemicals
  • Solvents
  • Antifreeze
  • Aerosol paints
  • Fluorescent lamp bulbs

Items that IEPA will NOT accept in this drop-off event include:

  • Latex-based paints
  • Agricultural chemicals
  • Business/commercial/institutional sector wastes
  • Explosives (including fireworks)
  • Controlled substances/needles
  • Potentially infectious medical wastes
  • Propane tanks
  • Smoke detectors and fire extinguishers
  • Farm machinery oil

Champaign County residents can sign up for drop-off slots between 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 4 at Market Place Mall in Champaign.

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