Household hazardous waste event Oct. 18

From the Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department

OREGON, Illinois — The Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department (OCSWMD), in partnership with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) and the Lee County Office of Solid Waste Management, will conduct a household hazardous waste collection event in Oregon, Illinois, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 18. The entrance to this event will be the Farm Bureau parking lot at 421 W. Pines Road, in Oregon, Illinois.

In addition to household hazardous wastes, lead acid batteries will be accepted and recycled by Behr Iron and Metals of Rochelle, Illinois. Serenity Hospice and Home and the Village of Progress will be collecting usable clothing, textiles, shoes and belts for resale or recycling.

The IEPA contractor will be handling the household hazardous waste, and they will properly collect and dispose of or recycle these materials. The materials accepted are as follow: oil-based paints, paint thinners, herbicides, insecticides, pesticides, old gasoline, pool chemicals, cleaning products, mercury, household batteries, used motor oil, drain cleaners, lawn chemicals, solvents, antifreeze, hobby chemicals, aerosol paints and pesticides, fluorescent lamp bulbs, and old and outdated medicines and pharmaceuticals (no controlled substances).

Latex paints will not be accepted at this event. Instead, it is recommended that you use left-over latex paint for another project, donate it to a school or church for their use, or it can be dried and disposed of with regular trash.

This collection event is for residential generated wastes only. No hazardous wastes from businesses, agriculture, governmental, medical institutions, industry, or schools will be accepted. The following items will NOT be accepted: explosives/fireworks, propane tanks, fire extinguishers, needles/sharps, medical wastes, smoke detectors, and farm machinery oil.

In addition to the above items, residents may also drop off old lead acid-type batteries, such as vehicle, marine, ATV and lawnmower batteries.

A separate area for textiles collection will be offered. Items accepted are as follow: usable clothing in good condition and household linens. Also collected separate from the textiles will be paired shoes (no boots or high heels), and belts and purses. These items are tax deductible through Serenity Hospice and Home. Items NOT accepted are single socks, neckties, raincoats, uniforms, cut or torn items, badly stained items, pillows and draperies.

Contact the OCSWMD at (815) 732-4020 or visit

From the Oct. 15-21, 2014, issue

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