Leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients are considered to be “household hazardous waste”. Products, such as paints, cleaners, oils, batteries, and pesticides that contain potentially hazardous ingredients require special care when you dispose of them.
There is a facility that accepts household hazardous waste in Naperville, which is open every Saturday and Sunday (except holidays) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Household Hazardous Waste Facility is located at 156 Fort Hill Drive. From I-88 take Route 59 south 2.2 miles to Jefferson Avenue, turn left and go east on Jefferson Avenue .5 miles to Fort Hill Drive, turn left and go north. It is just north of the City of Naperville Public Works building.
In the past, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency was able to sponsor an annual local drop-off day for household hazardous waste, but State funding cuts are now preventing them from holding almost all of these events.
A comprehensive list of the items that can and cannot be taken to the Naperville Household Hazardous Waste facility can be found at www.naperville.il.us, or download the City of Naperville Household Hazardous Waste flyer.
NOTE: Used household batteries can be discarded with your trash on your regular pick-up day if they are secured in a ziptop bag and placed on top of your recycling bin. Do not discard them inside the bin. Used auto batteries must be taken either to the Naperville facility or returned to a local dealer who sells them.
Identifying Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)
In general, if a product is labeled POISON, it cannot be discarded in the trash: Garden chemicals, pesticides, cleaning products, some beauty products, medicines, automotive preparations, oil-based paint and swimming pool chemicals are all in this category. Other products are labeled WARNING, DANGER, or CAUTION because they are toxic, flammable or corrosive.
Anything that contains mercury is also considered HHW. Old thermometers, anything with a mercury sensor such as thermostats, and CFL and fluorescent bulbs are in this category. The bulbs are accepted in Naperville, but those that are used and unbroken can also be recycled at local Home Depot stores, Ace Hardware on Randall Road in South Elgin and at Menard’s in Batavia. Some other retailers who sell these bulbs are now accepting used CFL’s and fluorescent tubes; please check individual stores.
Here are some common examples of HHW that cannot go into your regular trash. If you have questions, please call Kane County Recycling at 630-208-3841.
- Ammonia-based cleaners
- Oven and drain cleaners
- Floor care products
- Aerosol cleaners
- Window cleaners
- Furniture polish
- Metal polishes and cleaners
- Tub, tile and toilet bowl cleaners
Paint and Related Products
- Oil-based paint
- Turpentine paint stripper
- Rust remover
- Paint thinner
- Latex/water-based paint – Click here for special instructions
Lawn and Garden Products
- Insect spray
- Weed killer
- Alcohol-based lotions
- Nail polish and nail polish remover
- Hair relaxers, dyes and permanents
- Used motor oil and filters
- Gasoline and diesel fuel
- Auto body repair products
- Windshield washer solution
- Brake and transmission fluid
- Metal polish with solvent