Household Hazardous Waste
Lombard is fortunate to be located near a regional collection site. This site is located at:
Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off
Naperville HHW Facility
156 Fort Hill Drive (immediately north of Naperville Public Works at 180 Fort Hill Drive)
Items are accepted Saturdays & Sundays (except Holidays) 9AM-2PM
Waste Management’s At Your Door Special Collection
As an alternative to the HHW site in Naperville, Lombard residents may also utilize Waste Management’s At Your Door Special Collection (click here to see a short video explaining the program). Per the Village’s Contract, Waste Management is providing 180 no-cost pick-ups annually for Household Hazardous Waste and other hard-to-dispose-of items, as listed here. Residents make arrangements directly with Waste Management and requests beyond the first 180 within a calendar year are subject to a fee. Scheduling begins each year on January 1st. It is suggested that residents should coordinate with neighbors to combine small volumes into a larger amount for collection. Visit www.wmatyourdoor.com, email email@example.com, or call 800-449-7587 for more information and to request a service.
For residents that have used Waste Management’s At Your Door Special Collection, please complete this short satisfaction survey.
Things to Make Your Home Safer
Inventory all the products in your home.
A lot of the everyday use products we use and store around our home pose health and safety risks. Here are a few of the common ones:
•Automotive fluids ( oil, antifreeze, fuel, brake fluid, windshield washer fluid )
•Household cleaners ( bleach, ammonia, carpet freshener, window cleaner )
•Health and beauty products ( hairspray, fingernail polish, medications)
•Lawn and garden ( fertilizer, pesticides, herbicides )
•Barbeque products ( propane, charcoal briquettes, lighter fluid )
•Home maintenance ( paint, varnish, stains, rodent poison )
Some of these products we would not think of as hazardous because we use them every day, however if misused or improperly stored they can be dangerous. For instance most hairsprays and aerosols are highly flammable.
Over 5 million poisoning exposures occur annually in the U.S., 92% occur in the home, and 53%of these involve children under the age of 6.
Mishandling of gasoline is responsible for over 6,000 residential fires, 500 deaths, and nearly $500 million in property damage each year in the U.S.
Dispose of sharps properly. Sharps (needles and lances) require careful handling to prevent harm to waste workers. They should be placed in a sturdy sealed container, labeled as "caution - sharps", and placed in the refuse toter.
Read the product labels. Hazardous products must be handled with respect! Read labels and follow directions carefully. Words to look for: DANGER – WARNING – CAUTION
Buy only what you need. Do not purchase more than is needed for the job, you’ll only have to contend with the left over material.
Keep out of reach of children. Cleaners and other household chemicals can be very deadly and should be stored in cabinets that are out of reach of children. Teach children about the dangers of chemicals.
Flammable Liquids and Gasses. Propane cylinders, gas cans, charcoal lighter, and automotive fluids should not be stored in the house.
Keep chemicals in original containers. Household chemicals should not be transferred to different containers unless the container is properly labeled and compatible with the chemical. In addition chemicals should never be transferred to containers that originally contained food (such as soda or milk jugs).
Use alternative products. Less hazardous products can be used for common household chores. For instance occasionally pouring baking soda and vinegar down your drains will keep them from clogging up.
Dispose of properly. Products should never be discarded on the ground or poured into storm drains. Many products shouldn’t even be disposed of in the trash or down the toilet.
Post emergency contact and telephone numbers. Post the emergency contact numbers by your telephone or your refrigerator. These numbers should include: Fire Department, Police and the Poison Control Center.
No one article can provide all the necessary information regarding Household Hazardous Materials to all consumers. We hope the handful of issues and statistics covered here will prompt you to survey the products in and around your home; familiarize yourself with each product, its location and purpose. More products are hazardous than you think. Seek out the information you need to safely and properly dispose of unwanted products and materials.