The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency will host a household hazardous waste collection for all Illinois residents on March 23 in Gibson City.
The collection allows residents to dispose of hazardous waste in a free, environmentally friendly manner. It will be held from 8 a.m-3 p.m. at 115 S. Sangamon Ave. in Gibson City. (This is the closest collection point for residents of Champaign County, according to the City of Champaign.)
Here is the list of ACCEPTABLE items: fluorescent bulbs; medicine (liquid/pill); aerosol pesticides; household batteries; cleaning products; hobby chemicals; oil-based paints; lawn chemicals; pool chemicals; used motor oil; aerosol paints; drain cleaners; insecticides; herbicides; antifreeze; paint thinners; pesticides; gasoline; mercury; and solvents.
The following items are NOT ACCEPTED: latex paint; agricultural waste; ammunition; biological waste; business section waste; cellphones; commercial waste; controlled substances; explosives; electronics; farm oil; fire extinguishers; fireworks; hypodermic needles; institutional waste lead; acid batteries; propane tanks; smoke detectors; sharps; and tires. (The city noted that latex paint is not hazardous and can be dried or absorbed and discarded with regular trash.)
And, if you happen to make your way to Gibson City, we have a few ideas of things to do with your kids.