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Household Hazardous Waste

Oregon, 421 West Pines Road, Ogle County
Since the creation of the household hazardous waste collection program in 1989, nearly 436,000 Illinois households have been served. A total of 786 one-day events have been held, and more than 85,600 fifty-five gallon drums of toxic materials have been collected from Illinois residents.

Through the collections, residents are encouraged to bring oil-based paints, thinners, chemical cleaners, unwanted pharmaceuticals, mercury and mercury-containing items, antifreeze, motor oil, gasoline, kerosene, weed killers, insecticides, pesticides, adhesives, hobby chemicals, household batteries and similar products. Fluorescent and other high-intensity discharge lamps may also be brought to the collections. The public is encouraged to find alternative uses for latex paint since it is not considered hazardous.

Items not accepted include explosives, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, medical waste, sharps, controlled substances, agricultural chemicals and all business wastes. Propane tanks and lead acid auto batteries cannot be accepted at most of the events, but should be taken to local recyclers.

Fall Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Metals and Electronics Drive

Machesney Park Mall, South parking lot, 8750 North Second Street, Machesney Park, IL
Free drop off of most metals and electronics (except televisions) including appliances and any item containing metal. $10 fee for proper disposal of appliances with Freon (refrigerators, freezers, de-humidifiers) or propane grill tanks. For list of accepted items visit

Volunteer Coordinator: Martha Byrnes
Event Coordinator: Courtney Oertel
Executive Director: Lori Gummow