Madison County’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility receives for its efforts as it approaches its first anniversary of operations in October.
Madison County Building and Zoning received an award from the Illinois Recycling Foundation during its conference in Joliet for its pursuit and achievement of opening a Permanent Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility.
“There hasn’t been an HHW site opened in Illinois in the past 20 years,” Building and Zoning Administrator Chris Doucleff said. “This is a great achievement for Madison County as we continue to be the gold standard for resource management practices in southern Illinois.”
The collection facility, located at 249 N. Old St. Louis Road, Wood River, allows all Illinois residents to drop off household hazardous waste for free on the first Saturday and third Friday of every month.
“It helps prevent harmful chemicals such as gasoline, antifreeze, and other toxic chemicals from leaching into local waterways and waste streams,” Doucleff said.
The new facility is one of just a handful of such collection sites in the state and the first permanent Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility in southern Illinois. The facility provides opportunities and services for local communities to dispose of their toxic waste responsibly.
Doucleff said that recently the site had to limit its collection services due to an incinerator fire in Ohio suspending some items. 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.
“The Building and Zoning Department mitigated these service disruptions by limiting the items accepted for drop off while keeping their doors open for all other acceptable materials,” Doucleff said.
He said the public should review the updated prohibited item list to ensure that items brought in for drop off will be collected.
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.
“With the opening of this facility, the county has been able to quadruple their annual hazardous waste collection numbers in just its first year,” Doucleff said.
Through its partnership with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA), which funds transportation and disposal, the Building and Zoning Department is able to reduce the financial burden on taxpayers while offering more opportunities to dispose of waste and improve collection services for local communities.
Submitted photo: Madison County Resource Management Coordinator Brandon Banks accepts an “Outstanding Public Sector Recycling Program” award from Illinois Recycling Foundation President Marta Keane during its annual conference in late August in Joliet.