Let’s Try This Again: Hazardous Waste Collection Scheduled Again for April in Champaign, Registration Opens in March
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency will return to Champaign for another Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection for all Illinois residents on Saturday, April 10, 2021.
If that sounds familiar, you’re correct. A previous collection event was scheduled in early April of 2020. But the state’s stay-at-home order made that event impossible, and due to COVID-19 precautions, event organizers opted to cancel the event.
With many people doing home improvement projects while stuck at home, this hazardous waste collection event couldn’t come at a better time.
The event scheduled in April 2021 is a makeup for the cancelled event in April 2020, which was itself a makeup of sorts for an October event that was plagued by bad weather and mismanagement. (Got that?) Despite taking advance registrations, less than half of the registrants were able to drop off their items.
To prevent the long wait times experienced during the 2019 event, organizers say that the “hazardous waste contractor for the collection will provide additional drop-off lines, more staff, and fewer residents will be registered in each time slot.”
The April 2021 drop-off event is once again free and open to all Illinois residents; however, residents must register for an appointment in order to attend. Online registration will open on March 8 (a specific time was not announced). The link to the online registration system is http://hhwevent.simplybook.me/
The event will take place Saturday, April 10, 2021 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Market Place Mall.
Starting March 8, residents can reserve one of the available 15-minute time slots between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. while space allows. Again, the link to the online registration system is http://hhwevent.simplybook.me/
If residents have questions about attending the One-Day HHW Collection, or would like assistance in reserving a 15-minute appointment time, please notify please notify your local recycling coordinator:
City of Champaign residents: Nichole Millage, 217.403-4780 or email@example.com
City of Urbana residents: Courtney Kwong, 217.384-2302 or firstname.lastname@example.org
All other residents: Susan Monte, 217.819-4127 or email@example.com
On that day, click on “Book Now,” then select one of the available 15-minute time slots, and then fill in the required information. The online registration will remain open until all time slots are full.
Those who book appointments are encouraged to familiarize themselves with a map for the event, so they can make sure to enter the area properly to get in line.
The event is returning to the community so soon because only about half of those who registered last time were able to drop off their items in Oct. 2019; lines were long and there weren’t enough people to accommodate the expected crowd.
ITEMS THAT ARE ACCEPTED: Residents participating in these events are encouraged to bring chemical cleaners, oil-based paints, thinners, antifreeze, motor oil, gasoline, kerosene, weed killers, insecticides and pesticides, old or outdated medication, lead-acid batteries, and similar hazardous household products.
Fluorescent and other high-intensity discharge lamps may also be brought to the collections.
ITEMS NOT ACCEPTED include latex paint (which is not considered toxic), explosives (!), propane tanks, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, agricultural chemicals and business wastes.
A complete list of household hazardous wastes that are and are not accepted is available here.
For more on where to recycle in Champaign-Urbana, please see this comprehensive recycling resource.