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Hazardous Household Waste

Careless storage and disposal of household chemicals can pose serious environmental and human health threats. Chemicals that are flushed down the toilet or poured into a storm drain can contaminate our drinking water, pollute the lakes we swim in and seep into the ground where we grow our food. If hazardous household waste is burned, we can inhale them in the air we breathe.

What can I do?

Find out when and where your area will host its next collection day. Gather all of the household chemicals and products that are accepted at hazardous household waste collections. To help determine if something is a household chemical waste, look for the words "danger," "toxic," "flammable," "corrosive," and/or "reactive" somewhere on the product's packaging.

For more information, visit the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency website.