IL EPA Plans Household Hazardous Waste Pickup — Fulton County Included

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials are announcing household hazardous waste collection days across the state as part of Earth Month activities.

The Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it would conduct one-day collections this spring in eight communities, beginning Saturday in Shawneetown.

The collections will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Other sites are Palos Hills on May 3; Taylorville and Countryside on May 17; Wood River on May 31; Lewistown on June 7; DeKalb on June 21 and Blue Island on June 28.

Residents should bring oil-based paints, thinners, chemical cleaners, unwanted prescription medicine, mercury, antifreeze, motor oil, pesticides, household batteries, fluorescent lights and other items.

Explosives, smoke detectors, medical and business waste and agricultural chemicals won’t be accepted.

Long-term collection facilities are in Naperville, Rockford, Chicago and Gurnee.