Household hazardous waste, such as automotive fluids, yard and pool chemicals and harsh cleaners, is
being collected Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Progress City USA north of the Richland Community
College campus, Decatur. Any Illinois resident may attend the seven-hour event by registering for an
appointment time. Appointments may be made by registering on-line at www.MaconGreen.com or by
calling the Macon County Environmental Management Department at 217-425-4505.
The following household items will be accepted free-of-charge at the collection: oil-based paints, paint
thinners, spray paints, herbicides, insecticides, pesticides, lawn chemicals, old gasoline, used motor oil,
antifreeze, solvents, pool chemicals, cleaning products, drain cleaners, mercury, unwanted medicines
and pharmaceuticals, hobby and do-it-yourself chemicals, fluorescent bulbs and household batteries.
Unaccepted items such as tires, electronics, propane tanks, fireworks, fire extinguishers, automotive
batteries, controlled substances, potentially infectious medical wastes and sharps as well as commercial,
institutional and agricultural wastes will not be collected at the event. Residents are directed to refrain
from bringing latex paint to the collection since latex paint is not hazardous and can safely be managed
at a paint collection or dried and then discarded with regular trash. Information about recycling/safe
disposal options for unacceptable items is available at www.MaconGreen.com.
Residents are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this free event as these types of collections are
only periodically offered. Improper storage or disposal of household hazardous waste items is
potentially harmful to health and the environment. The collection of these items for recycling/safe
disposal, minimizes the risks of accidental poisonings, misuse and pollution.
This event is sponsored by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency in partnership with Macon
County Environmental Management and Richland Community College. Further information is available
from Macon County Environmental Management at www.MaconGreen.com or by calling 217-425-4505.