Hazardous waste collection tops 10,000 pounds
July 3, 2013 3:08PM
Kari Steele (right), a Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago commissioner, works with MWRD senior civil engineer Fay Costa. | Supplied photo
Updated: August 8, 2013 6:04AM
Tons of household hazardous waste products were collected during a special event coordinated by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association, Village of Richton Park and the Rich Township High School District 227.
Illinois residents filled their vehicles with 10,000 pounds of aerosols, flammable liquids, antifreeze, paint and other household hazardous waste and brought it to a collection point at Rich South High School in Richton Park.
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago provided general assistance and staff support before and during the event.
“Household hazardous waste products are used routinely to clean, maintain vehicles and keep up gardens, but they can be harmful to the environment,” Meany said. “It’s a good practice to only purchase the amount needed so less materials need to be stored or disposed.”
IEPA’s household hazardous waste contractor is Heritage Environmental Services. According to Steve Elkhatib, HES manager, other types of hazardous materials collected included used oil, solid and liquid pesticides, acids, bases, oxidizers and fluorescent lamps.
Information about future collections is at www.epa.state.il.us/land/hazardous-waste/household-haz-waste/hhwc-schedule.html.