Hazardous Waste

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Recycling Directory of McHenry County
The Recycling Directory for McHenry County contains everything from where to recycle your old computers and TVs to where to take your old paint and appliances!

Business Recycling Guide for McHenry County
The McHenry County Business Recycling Guide gives a business information on how to start a recycling program, what haulers will collect their recyclables and where to purchase recycling containers.

Disposal of Hazardous Wastes

Household hazardous waste disposal is a growing problem facing citizens throughout Illinois, and in the country. Hazardous waste materials can be found in the kitchen, bathroom, workroom, garage, lawn, or garden. Improper disposal or use of hazardous materials can lead to contamination of the soil, water or air.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) advises everyone to use and dispose of hazardous product with great care and in accordance with the information printed on the label. Items such as fertilizers, oil-based paint, paint thinner, gasoline, oil and cleaning products should be used only according to their guidelines and in the proper amounts. The potential for danger, contamination and injury can be reduced by using less hazardous and non-hazardous products.

If you have household hazardous waste in your home that needs disposal, store the item in a safe, well-ventilated area until the material can be taken to a Household Hazardous Waste Collection drop-off site. These collection days are sponsored periodically by the IEPA and held throughout the year at various locations in the Chicagoland region. Any questions or concerns related to disposal or storage of household hazardous waste should be directed to the IEPA at 217-785-8604.

Acceptable wastes: oil-based paints, paint thinners, herbicides, insecticides, pesticides, insecticides, old gasoline, cleaning products, household batteries, used motor oil, drain cleaners, lawn chemicals, solvents, antifreeze, hobby chemicals, aerosol paints and pesticides, fluorescent lamp bulbs.

Unacceptable wastes: agricultural wastes, business/commercial sector wastes, explosives, fireworks, lead acid batteries, propane tanks, smoke detectors, farm machinery oil, fire extinguishers, institutional wastes.

Latex paint is not accepted at Household Hazardous Waste Collections. It is not Household Hazardous Waste. It simply needs to be dried out before disposal with other garbage. To solidify latex paint, use equal parts of paint and either crushed corn cobs, shredded newspaper or cat litter.

Other Household Hazardous Waste Collection Sites


156 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville, IL
9 am until 2 pm Saturday & Sunday, excluding Holidays


Rock River Reclamation District 3333 Kishwaukee Street, Rockford, IL
City of Rockford Public Works Department (815) 987-5570
8 am until 4 pm Saturday; Noon until 4 pm Sunday, except Holidays

Solid Waste Agency of Lake County

(847) 336-9340
Email: info@swalco.org
See schedulefor dates and locations

Contact the McHenry County Department of Planning and Development for more information at (815) 334-4560.

Contact the McHenry County Defenders for a copy of the "Spring Cleaning Times" or "Your Personal Guide to Household Hazardous Waste Reduction" at (815) 338-0393.


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