With spring approaching many are starting their spring cleaning routines but special care needs to be given to hazardous household chemicals.
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) operates a household hazardous waste disposal program in Rockford at the Rock River Water Reclamation District, 3333 Kishwaukee Street.
The site is open Saturdays 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sundays from noon-4 p.m.
Household items accepted include aerosols, oil-based paints, thinners, solvents, oil, antifreeze, oil gasoline, mercury thermostats and thermometers, insecticides, pesticides, herbicides, cleaning chemicals, rechargeable batteries, corrosives, oxidizers, fluorescent bulbs, pool chemicals and poisons.
Four tires will also be accepted per weekend for recycling.
Latex paint does not fit the criteria of hazardous waste and is not accepted.
This program is a joint effort between IEPA, the City of Rockford and the Rock River Water Reclamation District.
For more information about the program contact the Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department at 815-732-4020 or oglecounty.org, or by calling IEPA at 217-785-8604.