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Household Chemical Collection Event Set for June 12 in Carbondale

CARBONDALE – A free, one-day household chemical collection event will be held at the Banterra Center south parking lot in Carbondale on Saturday, June 19.

Illinois residents can safely drop-off waste at the site from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. To participate in the event residents must register online at www.RecycleJacksonCounty.org or call 618-684-3143 ext. 128 to schedule an appointment drop-off time and present valid state ID or recent utility bill to enter the event.

Items to be accepted at the collection include paint thinner, aerosols, household cleaners, pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, motor oil, antifreeze, old gasoline, rechargeable batteries, solvents, polishes, pool chemicals, and lawn chemicals. Mercury-containing devices, such as thermometers, thermostats and fluorescent bulbs will be taken as well. Also accepted will be unwanted or outdated medications, both prescription and over-the-counter. These items should be brought in their original container, but you may black out all personal information other than the drug name. Do not bring in controlled substances, needles, syringes or inhalers.

Items which will absolutely not be accepted at the collection include latex paint, explosives, ammunition, fireworks, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, propane tanks, farm machinery oil, electronics, alkaline & lead-acid batteries, appliances, tires, radioactive material, and medical waste. No business, agricultural, or government wastes will be accepted. Eligible participants wishing to dispose of materials in containers larger than five gallons must contact Jackson County Health Department prior to the event.

Free COVID-19 vaccinations will be available Saturday, June 19 between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Banterra Center adjacent parking lot. Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson vaccine will be available. Illinois residents age 12 and up are eligible for vaccination. Anyone age 12-17 must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian. This is a rain or shine event.

Please contact Jackson County Health Department at 684-3143, ext. 128 for more information, or visit www.RecycleJacksonCounty.org.