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Household Hazardous Waste Report
Posted by Morgan White on February 19, 2016
Today’s RPC Technical Committee meeting included an overview of the study completed by RPC to identify a strategy to improve household hazardous waste (HHW) collection options in a seven-county east central Illinois region. Work on the study began in 2013 and was completed in 2015.
The take-away product of the RPC study is the Local Government Toolkit: Improving HHW Collection Options in Illinois. (The Toolkit and accompanying Background Report may soon become a published report by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center).
The problem of providing a viable HHW collection option to our citizens has been a longstanding one. In Champaign County we waited six years before receiving the opportunity to hold an IEPA one-day HHW collection at significant cost in September 2012. We are waiting still (four years and counting) for another IEPA one-day HHW collection opportunity. In the meantime, no collection options exist for citizens for safe disposal of:
- Oil-based liquid paints, paint strippers, and thinners
- Herbicides and pesticides
- Lawn chemicals
- Old gasoline
- Mercury-containing devices
- Drain and oven cleaners
- Spot remover
- Pool chemicals
- Household cleaning products
- Car cleaners
- Personal care products
Fortunately, some strides are being made locally by providing local options for safe disposal of unwanted pharmaceuticals. We have a long way to go with regard to HHW collection options.
As an initial action, please distribute the attached Local Government Toolkit: Improving HHW Collection Options in Illinois for review to all stakeholders with a potential interest, including your planning agency, public works department, and local officials.
The Champaign County Sustainability Practitioners group recommended to form a leadership team to engage in the search for funding sources to support an agreed-upon strategy as a logical first step.
I look forward to receiving your questions or comments about this upcoming initiative. Thank you.
Susan Monte, AICP
Champaign County Regional Planning Commission