Household Hazardous Waste

Hundreds of household products may qualify as HHW.

Below is a list of Acceptable HHW at IEPA-Sponsored One-Day HHW Collections:

Oil-based paint

Paint thinners




Old gasoline

Pool chemicals

Cleaning products

Mercury-containing devices

Double-bagged & wetted asbestos

Household batteries

Used motor oil

Drain cleaners

Lawn chemicals



Hobby chemicals

Aerosol paint

Fluorescent lamp bulbs

Old, outdated medicines & pharmaceuticals

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) consists of leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients that require special care when you dispose of them. Common household products can be highly toxic, flammable, explosive, or corrosive, the same as hazardous waste that is highly regulated from commercial and industrial processes.

U.S. EPA estimates are that households in the U.S. generate 1.6 million tons of HHW per year.

Improper disposal of HHW can affect air, land, and water quality. Improper disposal of unwanted pharmaceuticals and personal care products, often considered a subset of HHW, can pose health and environmental risks.

Illinois EPA One-Day HHW Collection Schedule 

The Illinois EPA coordinates one-day household hazardous waste collections each year in the spring and fall. Click here for the IEPA One-Day HHW Schedule.

HHW Collection Options Available in Champaign County

In Champaign County, an IEPA annual One-Day HHW Collection is available, with advance online registration required. Otherwise, piecemeal collection options are regularly available for certain types of HHW.

Local and Regional Information Resources 

Champaign County Solid Waste Management 2022 Update, July 1, 2022

Feasibility Study: Household Hazardous Waste Collection Fixed Facility Serving Champaign County and Nearby Counties, October 2021 Final

Special Waste Associates

The Illinois Materials Management Advisory Committee Report to the General Assembly, July 1, 2021

The Mahomet Aquifer Protection Task Force 2018 Report, Task Force Members

Improving Household Hazardous Waste Collection Options for East Central Illinois, ISTC Reports TR063, June 2016

Monte, Susan; Bartels, Bart; Sreedhar, Deepika; Gopal, Jayanthi

Information compiled as part of a study effort to develop a strategy to improve household hazardous waste (HHW) collection options available to residents of a seven-county study area in East Central Illinois. The report includes an overview of HHW collection activity statewide and a detailed review of existing HHW collection options in the study area as of January 2013. The report summarizes federal and state regulations relevant to HHW collection, best management practices associated with HHW, and challenges associated with HHW collection in the study area.

A Regional Water Supply Framework for Champaign County and East-Central Illinois, Section 6, October 2016

Champaign County Regional Planning Commission

Strategies to encourage regional cooperation in protecting the quality and quantity of surface water