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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
  • Insecticides
  • Old gasoline
  • Mercury-containing devices
  • Drain and oven cleaners
  • Spot remover
  • Antifreeze
  • 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