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Household Hazardous Waste

A growing problem in many households is the disposal of household hazardous waste.  The IEPA defines hazardous as corrosive, reactive, toxic, or ignitable.

Household products used in the bathroom, kitchen, garage, workshop, lawn, and gardens contain chemicals that contribute to the contamination of water supplies and natural resources when discarded.

Examples of household hazardous waste include: paint, turpentine, wood preservatives, stains, pesticides, herbicides, ant killers, drain cleaners, rug cleaners, toilet cleaners, household batteries, oven cleaners, pool chemicals, ammonia-based cleaners, and automotive products such as antifreeze, transmission fluid, brake fluid, used oil, and batteries.

Consumers are responsible for the safe environment management and disposal of household hazardous wastes.  The best solution for the disposal of these products is to avoid disposal by the frugal use and purchases of these materials.  Fully use these products so that no waste remains except residuals attached to the container.  Also read disposal instruction on the container. 

A second option would be to recycle the waste.  The following Hanover Park business will accept motor oil:

Jiffy Lube
1600 Irving Park Rd.
(630) 289-7744

Jiffy Lube will accept five gallons of oil per visit at no charge.  The manager of Jiffy Lube requests the oil be dropped off during regular business hours, placed in a sealed container (that is, the original container or a capped milk or water jug), and not mixed with any other fluid. 

The following Hanover Park business will accept automotive batteries and oil:

Northern Frame and Auto
2331 Walnut Ave.
(630) 830-8555

Residents can drop off old batteries at no charge during regular business hours.

A third option for the management of household hazardous waste is storing the chemicals in a safe place in the home until a hazardous waste collection is offered in the community.  The waste should be stored in the original container in a cool, dry place.  The IEPA conducts hazardous waste collection days throughout the state in the spring and fall.  For locations, contact:

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, (217) 785-8604, or
DuPage County HHW Hotline, (630) 510-2810

The State of Illinois also operates the Hazardous Waste and Information Center, which provides information on the proper disposal and use of hazardous products.  For additional information, contact:

The Illinois Waste Management Research Center
One East Hazelwood Drive
Champaign, IL  61820
(217) 333-8940

DuPage Country's FREE Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events

Acceptable Wastes: Unacceptable Wastes:
Thermostats Latex paint
Mercury gauges Fireworks
Eyeglasses Business waste
Paint thinners Children's light up sneakers
Cleaning solvents Agricultural wastes
Mercury thermometers Ammunition
Acids Explosives
Smoke detectors Medical waste
Propane cylinders Lead Acid Batteries
Oil-based paints Radioactive waste
Fertilizers/pesticides  
Car batteries  
Poisons  
Wood stain & varnish  
Household batteries  
Pool chemicals  
Automotive fluids  
Fluorescent light bulbs  
Asbestos  
Old gasoline  
Compressed gas  

Cellular phone, battery and charger sets will also be accepted for DuPage County's Cellular Phone Collection Program.

Permanent Household Hazardous Waste Facility

Residents throughout DuPage County can drop off household hazardous waste at the permanent collection site operated by the City of Naperville.  The facility is located in the rear of the property behind Naperville Fire Station No. 4, located at 1979 Brookdale Road.  The Naperville Facility is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, except on holidays.  For additional recorded information, call (630) 420-6142 or visit Naperville's website.