Household Hazardous Waste

Hazardous Waste Products

A growing problem in many households is the disposal of household hazardous waste. The IEPA defines hazardous as corrosive, reactive, toxic, or ignitable. Household products used in the bathroom, kitchen, garage, workshop, lawn, and gardens contain chemicals that contribute to the contamination of water supplies and natural resources when discarded. Examples of household hazardous waste include:

  • Ammonia-based cleaners
  • Ant killers
  • Automotive antifreeze
  • Automotive batteries
  • Automotive brake fluid
  • Automotive transmission fluid
  • Automotive used oil
  • Drain cleaners
  • Herbicides
  • Household batteries
  • Oven cleaners
  • Paint
  • Pesticides
  • Pool chemicals
  • Rug cleaners
  • Stains
  • Toilet cleaners
  • Turpentine
  • Wood preservatives

Management of Hazardous Waste

Consumers are responsible for the safe environment management and disposal of household hazardous wastes. The best solution for the disposal of these products is to avoid disposal by the frugal use and purchases of these materials. Fully use these products so that no waste remains except residuals attached to the container. Also read disposal instruction on the container. 

Recycle Hazardous Waste

A second option for disposal of hazardous products would be to recycle the waste. The  following Hanover Park businesses recycle motor oil, automotive batteries and oil:

  • Jiffy Lube will accept five gallons of motor oil per visit at no charge. The manager of Jiffy Lube requests the oil be dropped off during regular business hours, placed in a sealed container (that is, the original container or a capped milk or water jug), and not mixed with any other fluid. 
  • Residents can drop off old batteries at Northern Frame and Auto at no charge during regular business hours.

Store Hazardous Waste

A third option for management of household hazardous waste is storing the chemicals in a safe place in the home until a hazardous waste collection is offered in the community. The waste should be stored in the original container in a cool, dry place. The IEPA conducts hazardous waste collection days throughout the state in the spring and fall. For more information about locations, please contact:

The State of Illinois also operates the Hazardous Waste and Information Center, which provides information on the proper disposal and use of hazardous products. For additional information, contact the Illinois Waste Management Research Center.

Permanent Household Hazardous Waste Facility

Residents throughout DuPage County can drop off household hazardous waste at the permanent collection site operated by the City of Naperville. For recorded information, please call 630-420-6142 or visit the Naperville Household Hazardous Waste Website.