What To Do With Hazardous Household Waste

Special collection event for hazardous waste — Wednesday, May 31, 9:00 a.m. – 6 p.m.

You sorted out all of the stuff in your garage to find treasures for the rummage sale, so now what do you do with all the old electronics and half-used cans that no one snatched up? What you should NOT do is toss them in the trash or dump them in your neighbor’s vacant lot. We don’t want all of those nasty chemicals making their way into our beautiful lake!

DO take them to the Dearborn County Recycling Center at 10700 Prospect Drive just west of Aurora on Hwy. 50. It could not be easier!

You can drive right into their collection building. They even do the unloading! For a small fee, they don’t even make fun of you when you bring in an old tube TV! So if those old cans of cleaning products or chemicals say CAUTION, WARNING, or DANGER on the label, box them up and drop them off. Can’t read the label? – just let them know when you bring it in. For a representative list of what is considered HHW and to see their regular collection hours, go to their website.

One thing – latex paint is not considered a hazardous waste. You can put those cans out for your regular trash pickup as long as the contents are dried out (cat litter works well). And if you can’t take time off on a Wednesday afternoon, you can schedule an appointment for a time that works for you.

Help keep HVL clean – properly dispose of hazardous waste!

Submitted by Linda Hartmann
HVL Natural Resources Coordinator