Do you have any leftover and unwanted household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients in your home? Products such as oil-based paints, chemical cleaners, oils, and pesticides contain potentially hazardous ingredients and are considered to be household hazardous waste. Household hazardous waste may be dangerous to people or bad for the environment if poured down the drain, dumped on the ground, or thrown out with regular trash.
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) hasannounced that Household Hazardous Waste Collections have been scheduled in six Illinois communities for the fall of 2014. A one-day collection event is scheduled for this Saturday, September 6, 2014 in Salem, IL from 8:00am – 3:00pm, located at 32 Salem Business Center South. The collection event is free to the public.
The Clay County Health Department and the Clay County Solid Waste Committee are urging residents to take advantage of this opportunity to safely dispose of unused or leftover household products commonly found in homes, basements, and garages.
Through the collections, residents are encouraged to bring oil-based paints, thinners, chemical cleaners, unwanted pharmaceuticals, mercury and mercury-containing items, antifreeze, motor oil, gasoline, kerosene, weed killers, insecticides, pesticides, adhesives, hobby chemicals, household batteries and similar products. Fluorescent and other high-intensity discharge lamps may also be brought to the collections. The public is encouraged to find alternative uses for latex paint, since it is not considered hazardous.
Items not accepted include explosives, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, lead acid batteries, propane tanks, medical waste, sharps, controlled substances, agricultural chemicals, farm machinery oil, institutional wastes, and all business/commercial sector wastes.
For questions concerning this one-day collection, please call the City of Salem at 618-548-2222 ext. 26 or IEPA’s Waste Reduction Unit at (217)524-3300.
September is National Preparedness Month
National Preparedness Month has finally arrived and we have one question for you, are you prepared? Disaster can strike anytime, anywhere and the Clay County Health Department along with the Clay County MRC are here to offer some tips on getting prepared. Step one, make a ready-to-go kit. What’s a ready-to-go kit, you ask? A go kit contains some essential items that you keep ready at all times in case disaster forces you to relocate in a hurry. A standard kit should contain, one gallon of water per person, 3 day supply of non-perishable food items, can opener for food, plastic or paper plates, cups, and utensils, first aid kit, flashlight with extra batteries, battery operated radio, change of clothes, up to 3 day supply of essential medication, and pet food and supplies (if necessary). Now, that you have all the items for your kit, put them in a duffle bag or backpack and keep them in an easily accessible place to grab on your way out the door.