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Illinois EPA limits household hazardous waste collections in Madison County

Due to the Illinois EPA’s temporary suspension of collections, Madison County must limit the accepted items at their household hazardous waste (HHW) collection events.

Per the IEPA’s News Release issued on August 22, the:

“Illinois EPA currently has a contract for the disposal of collected HHW, which disposes much of the collected waste at an incinerator located in Ohio. The Ohio facility had a fire in July, which required them to cease operations until specifically made parts can be shipped from Germany. It is estimated that the facility will not be operational until mid-November.”

Madison County Building and Zoning has mitigated service disruptions by temporarily limiting the items accepted for drop-off.

Effective immediately, the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility in Wood River, Ill., will operate as scheduled but will function at a limited capacity until further notice. The county recommends reviewing the updated prohibited item list to ensure that items brought in for drop-off will be collected.

Temporarily suspended items include pesticides, herbicides, lawn fertilizers/chemicals, pool chemicals, and medicines. Medicines are still eligible for drop-off at local sheriff’s offices and police stations.

Accepted items for drop-off: Oil-based paints, cleaning solvents, paint thinners, hobby chemicals, antifreeze, motor oil, old gasoline, household batteries, items containing mercury (i.e. thermostats, thermometers), lead acid batteries, and fluorescent lights.

Materials not accepted: Latex paint, used tires, used/empty propane tanks, ammunition, agricultural wastes, explosives, fireworks, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, farm machinery oil, business or biohazard waste.

Residents in possession of temporarily suspended items should keep the materials safely stored in their original manufacturer containers, as those are designed to safely hold the material until HHW collections resume in full.

Madison County asks that residents who schedule one of the limited collection appointments please adhere to this limited list of accepted items until the full program can resume. Updates and notices will be posted on the county website at as notifications are received from the IEPA regarding their resolution of this issue.

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