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Household Hazardous Waste

Hundreds of household products may qualify as HHW.

Below is a list of Acceptable HHW at IEPA-Sponsored One-Day HHW Collections:

Oil-based paint

Paint thinners




Old gasoline

Pool chemicals

Cleaning products

Mercury-containing devices

Double-bagged & wetted asbestos

Household batteries

Used motor oil

Drain cleaners

Lawn chemicals



Hobby chemicals

Aerosol paint

Fluorescent lamp bulbs

Old, outdated medicines & pharmaceuticals

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) consists of leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients that require special care when you dispose of them. Common household products can be highly toxic, flammable, explosive, or corrosive, the same as hazardous waste that is highly regulated from commercial and industrial processes.

Based on U.S. EPA data, Champaign County alone has the potential to generate 1.6 million pounds of HHW per year.

Improper disposal of HHW can affect air, land, and water quality. Improper disposal of unwanted pharmaceuticals and personal care products, often considered a subset of HHW, can pose health and environmental risks.

Illinois EPA One-Day HHW Collection Schedule  

The Illinois EPA coordinates one-day household hazardous waste collections each year in the spring and fall. Click here for the IEPA One-Day HHW Schedule. 

HHW Collection Options Available in Champaign County

In Champaign County, an IEPA annual One-Day HHW Collection is available, with advance online registration required. Otherwise, piecemeal collection options are regularly available for certain types of HHW. The Household Hazardous Waste Collections website at describes the limited options available to area residents, and a proposed Local Government Toolkit as a possible guide to address the challenge of providing improved and convenient options for collection of household hazardous waste for our area.