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This could be a good weekend to clean out the garage or basement     Send a link to a friend

[SEPT. 27, 2003]  What are your plans this weekend? It's a perfect time before the weather turns foul to clean out the garage or basement. Then next weekend, on Oct. 4, you can take all those unwanted chemicals and leftover paint cans to the household hazardous waste collection at the Logan County Fairgrounds. Hours are from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. All traffic will enter the fairgrounds from the south gate.

The waste collection is not available locally as frequently as might be convenient to most homeowners. It is done only by state sanctioning and coordination. Counties applying to host a collection are put on a years-long waiting list. So don't delay and hope to wait for the next collection. It could be a while.

The collection is sponsored by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, and local sponsors are the Logan County Health Department and the Logan County Emergency Planning Committee.

According to the EPA, this is their listing of acceptable waste: oil-based paints, paint thinners, herbicides, insecticides, other pesticides, old gasoline, pool chemicals, cleaning products, mercury, household batteries, used motor oil, drain cleaners, lawn chemicals, solvents, antifreeze, hobby chemicals, aerosol paints and pesticides, and fluorescent lamp bulbs.

The description of the collection says it all. It's a household hazardous waste collection. Things you cannot bring are agricultural wastes, business and commercial sector wastes, explosives, fireworks, lead acid batteries, medical wastes, propane tanks, smoke detectors, farm machinery oil, fire extinguishers, or institutional wastes.


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As for latex paint, please don't bring it to the collection. Latex (water-based paint) has a very low level of toxicity. Disposal alternatives include the following:

1. Use it up as paint. You can put another coat on a wall, paint a new project or paint an old piece of cardboard to use it up.

2. Add an absorbent to the leftover paint to dry it out. You can use kitty litter, oil dry, sawdust or about anything that will absorb moisture.

3. Store it for later. To properly store small amounts of paint, cover the opened can with plastic wrap, secure the lid over the plastic wrap and store the can upside down (to make sure there is an airtight seal).

Opened, empty, dry paint cans are acceptable for your waste hauler to take.

Requests for further information should be directed to Kathy Waldo at the Logan County Health Department, 735-2317.

[News release and LDN]

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