Disposal and recycling options are locally available on a regular basis for a number of household hazardous waste items such as household paint, medicines and motor oil. The Guide to Recycling & Safe Disposal has further information for these items.
For other types of household hazardous waste, such as pesticides, harsh cleaners, solvents and hobby chemicals, the following options are recommended.
Safely store accepted items until a one-day collection is sponsored by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency in Macon County or the surrounding area. In order to receive an email notification if a collection becomes scheduled in the Macon County region, sign-up for notifications or email EnvironmentalManagment@co.macon.il.us.
Please note that Illinois law prohibits the disposal of the following items in a landfill, regardless of whether or not these items are generated from household sources:
- White good components of appliances, such as mercury switches, refrigerant gas and PCBs
- Electronic devices such as computers and televisions
- Lead-acid batteries
- Mercury-switch thermostats
- Motor oil
- Landscape waste
For more information about safe disposal, click here.