Friday, April 24, 2009

Spring Cleaning: How to Get Rid of Your Hazardous Household Waste

We're posting (and slightly editing) this message that has been circulating through some UIC email lists:City of Chicago Hazardous Waste Drop-offDo you have old or unused prescription and non-prescription medications, computers, cell phones, fax machines, scanners, keyboards, hazardous household chemicals and lead or oil-based paints, old gas cans and/or gas powered lawn mowers?  Drop them off at:Saturday, May 9, 9:00 a.m.  3:00 p.m.DeVry University, 3401 North Rockwell Ave.While at the event, you can pick up the following items to help makerecycling easier at home: 
  • A compost bin. $35 payable by check or money order only. Available to Chicago residents only, while supplies last.
  • A rain barrel. $45 payable by check or money order only.
  • Available to Chicago residents only, while supplies last.
  • A FREE compact fluorescent light bulb while supplies last.
  • A $100 rebate towards a push or electric mower when you drop off your gas powered mower.
  • A FREE environmentally-friendly gas can when you trade in your old one.
For more information, view the full flier.Suburbs:  West Cook County Solid Waste AgencyHave you ever wondered where you could recycle certain materials?  From #1 plastics to yard waste and everything in between, this website will tell you where in Cook County you can recycle all types of household items.http://www.westcook.org/wccswa/recycling.aspSpring 2009 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Schedulehttp://www.westcook.org/wccswa/articleDetail.asp?objectID=979  In addition, the following long-term facilities are available for disposal of household waste.  Please phone ahead to determine availability and open hours. Naperville: 
1971 Brookdale Road
Fire Station No. 4
Phone 630/420-4190

Rockford:
3333 Kishwaukee
Rock River Reclamation District
Phone 815/967-6737

City of Chicago:
1150 N. North Branch on Goose Island
Visit the City's web site at www.cityofchicago.org.
Phone:  311 or for general info:  312-744-7672

Lake County:
The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) currently operates a long-term household chemical waste collection program. Information and a collection schedule can be found on the SWALCO Website, or by calling (847)336-9340.

HHW Collection schedule can also be found on the Agency's web page:www.epa.state.il.us.
For questions concerning the IEPA's one day or long-term collections, please call the Waste Reduction Unit of the IEPA at (217) 785-8604.

Old TVs
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Trying to dispose of an old TV? Please don't put it in a trash can or leave it in your alley as the TV will end up in a landfill. Check out this website to see where to recycle your old set.

1 comment:

Office of Sustainability said...

You bring your household electronics (not UIC) items to the Electron Recycling Event at Parking Lot 6: 1135 S. Halsted on Sept. 18-19 from 9 am to 2 pm. Visit uic.poweron.com for more info.