Electronics, waste collections scheduled

CHAMPAIGN — Households preparing for summer or fall cleaning should be aware of two upcoming collection events.

Another residential electronic collections event will be from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 4. And a household hazardous waste collection event will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29.

Both will be conducted at The News-Gazette Distribution Center at 3202 Apollo Drive in north Champaign. Area residents can bring their used electronics and hazardous wastes by car and truck to the events where they will be collected and either recycled or safely disposed of. Both collection events are free.

Among the items that can be disposed of at the Aug. 4 electronics event are televisions, computers, monitors, printers, scanners, keyboards and mice, mobile phones, cables, VCR players, DVD players, video game consoles, microwaves and speakers.

The collection is coordinated by the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission and co-sponsored by the cities of Champaign and Urbana, the village of Savoy, Champaign County and Champaign County Probation and Court Services, The News-Gazette, the Apollo subdivision and Flooring Surfaces. Call 328-3313 for more information.

The hazardous waste collection event will be the first one in Champaign County in six years.

"There has not been a hazardous waste collection event in the Champaign-Urbana area since 2006, and a large response is anticipated," said Courtney Rushforth, Urbana's recycling coordinator. "Residents are encouraged to carpool and combine loads, use alternative modes of transportation, and be prepared for wait times."

Among the items that will be collected at the hazardous waste event are paints, thinners, aerosol paints, chemical cleaners, unwanted pharmaceuticals, mercury and mercury-containing items, pesticides, adhesives, old gasoline, antifreeze, pool chemicals, household batteries, fluorescent and other high-intensity discharge lamps.

Propane tanks will be collected by Hickgas of Urbana.

Lead acid batteries will be collected by Interstate Batteries of Champaign.

Latex paint will not be collected because it is not considered hazardous.

Other items that will not be accepted include explosives, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, agricultural chemicals, business waste, medical waste, sharps and controlled substances.

Electronic devices will not be collected at the hazardous waste collection event.

The hazardous waste collection is sponsored by the Illinois EPA, and co-sponsored by the local governments, The News-Gazette, Prairie Rivers Network and the Sierra Club Prairie Group.

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rsp wrote on July 14, 2012 at 10:07 am

I'm really not sure what they mean by alternative transportation. If you don't have your own ride and don't know anyone to help you there isn't "alternative transportation". 

lcoil79 wrote on July 14, 2012 at 3:07 pm

I guess you could always bring your hazardous waste via horseback.

Unfortunately, I think they're advocating bringing hazardous waste on a local bus of taxi, but I don't think that's either allowed or a very good idea.

commonfolk wrote on July 14, 2012 at 4:07 pm

4th paragraph down "Among the items that can be disposed of at the April 4 electronics" I think you mean August 4th.

rsp wrote on July 15, 2012 at 2:07 am

Or we can plan ahead for next year?