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Household hazardous waste collection set

Published: Monday, June 16, 2014 10:31 a.m. CDT

In conjunction with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Northern Illinois University, Heritage Environmental and local Rotary Clubs, the DeKalb County Health Department will provide a household hazardous waste collection from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at NIU Lot 25, near the corner of Route 38 and West Stadium Drive in DeKalb.

Citizens can safely dispose of unused or leftover household products commonly found in homes, basements and garages.

Traffic will enter the NIU area through NIU Lots K and L off of West Lincoln Highway, near 1205 W. Lincoln Highway, heading north. Traffic will continue heading west on Stadium Drive South, then proceeding south on West Stadium Drive, then into the parking lot where items will be collected by Heritage Environmental, the IEPA’s licensed contractor. Volunteers will be on site to assist with traffic flow.

Residents are encouraged to bring oil-based paints, thinners, chemical cleaners, unwanted pharmaceuticals, mercury and mercury-containing items, antifreeze, motor oil, gasoline, kerosene, weed killers, insecticides, pesticides, adhesives, hobby chemicals, household batteries and similar products. Fluorescent and other high-intensity discharge lamps also will be accepted. Latex paint is not considered hazardous, so residents need to find another option for its handling.

Items not accepted include explosives, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, biohazard waste, controlled substances, agricultural chemicals and all business wastes. Propane tanks and lead acid batteries also cannot be accepted.

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