Household Hazardous Waste
What is Household Hazardous Waste?
Household hazardous waste (HHW) includes any discarded household product that contains toxic, corrosive, explosive, or flammable substances. Paints, stains, cleaning solvents, automotive fluids and fertilizers are among the most common examples of HHW.
These hazardous materials are stockpiled in basements, closets, garages, sheds and closets across west Cook County. Many of these items have been stored for a long time, increasing the chances of product or container deterioration. Disposing of these items can be a challenge, as personal and environmental damage can occur if they are disposed of in the trash, poured down the drain or dumped on the ground.
Where can I dispose of HHW?
Currently, few permanent disposal programs exist in Illinois. The City of Chicago, Naperville, Rockford and Lake County provide the public with easy access to proper management of these wastes. Funding for these HHW programs comes, in part, from Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. Click here for a list of upcoming events.
Permanent Drop-off Facility in Naperville
Residents can drop off household chemical wastes at Naperville's permanent Hazardous Waste Facility located at 156 Fort Hill Drive on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (Closed on Holiday weekends). Call (630) 420-6095 or click here for more information.
West Cook County Mobile HHW Collection Program
If Naperville is not an option, you can bring your hazardous materials to one of the yearly collections.
If there is not an event listed above, please check back for future dates.
The following materials are not accepted at a HHW collection event:
Fireworks Lead Acid Batteries
Fire Extinguishers Medical Waste
Smoke Detectors Propane Tanks
Business Waste Latex Paint
Agricultural Waste Automotive Batteries
For more information about recycling in general, please visit the West Cook County Solid Waste Agency.