Is there a hazardous waste collection coming up soon?

Workers collect and sort household hazardous waste on June 23, 2012, during a free collection co-sponsored by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency at the Adams County Highway Department in Quincy. | H-W File Photo
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Sep. 21, 2019 12:01 am

Will there be a hazardous waste drop off event again in Quincy? I have 10 cans of old paint -- many full. Also lamp oil. Is there a place I can take them?

The Adams County Health Department occasionally hosts hazardous waste events in conjunction with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, but the events are based on funding availability.

The Health Department announced this week that it is hosting a hazardous waste collection event from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Adams County Highway Department, 101 N. 54th. The event is open to all Illinois residents.

Accepted materials include oil-based paints, household batteries, used motor oil, paint thinners, herbicides, lawn chemicals, insecticides, solvents, pesticides, antifreeze, old gasoline, hobby chemicals, pool chemicals, aerosol paints and pesticides, cleaning products, fluorescent lamp bulbs, mercury, drain cleaners, acids, corrosives and unwanted medications except controlled substances.

Materials that will not be accepted include agricultural waste, propane tanks, business/commercial sector wastes, smoke detectors, explosives and ammunition, farm machinery oil, fireworks, fire extinguishers, biohazardous waste, lead acid batteries and institutional wastes.

The Health Department said latex paint will not be accepted, as it is not hazardous. Residents can safely discard it in the regular trash once it is dried out, which can be done by removing the lid of the can and leaving it open to the air to dry out over several days. Adding cat litter can speed up the drying process

While we're talking about cleaning up:

The annual citywide cleanup will be from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Front Street and Payson Avenue. The line for the cleanup will start along Payson Avenue, and drivers are asked to start at the end of the line. Drivers must be through Fourth and Payson Avenue by 4 p.m. or workers will turn them away.

Drivers must show their IDs at Fourth and Payson to prove they are a Quincy resident.

Those with a trailer should use the far left lane, and they should make sure they have help to unload materials.

Not accepted at the cleanup are electronics, tires, yard waste, liquids such as oil, fuel and paint.

State and federal regulations require that any appliance that contained refrigerants, including refrigerators, air conditioners and dehumidifiers, must have a sticker certifying that the refrigerant has been properly reclaimed.

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