Hazardous Household Waste


Rock River Water Reclamation District
3333 Kishwaukee Street
Rockford, IL

Phone: 815-387-7400 (City),   Or: 217-785-8604 (IEPA)

Hours of operation are:
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m.

This Household Hazardous Waste collection site is a cooperative effort between the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, the Rock River Water Reclamation District and the City of Rockford to provide a safe option for disposal of hazardous household chemicals.  It is open to Illinois residents at no charge.

Nearly every home contains hazardous materials.  A material is considered hazardous if it is:

  • Toxic – can injure or kill if swallowed, inhaled or absorbed through the skin
  • Flammable – may explode or ignite, even when cool
  • Corrosive – can cause permanent tissue damage through contact
  • Irritant – can irritate or inflame the skin, eyes, nose, throat or lungs.

How many hazardous products are in your home?  Here are some of the most common:

  • Kitchen: oven cleaner, drain cleaner, floor-care products
  • Bathroom: toilet cleaner, polish remover, hair color, aerosol deodorant, some cosmetics, medications
  • Laundry Room: detergent, chlorine bleach, spot remover, softener, spray starch
  • General Household: ammonia-based cleaner, furniture polish, mothballs, some air fresheners, insecticides, flea and tick powder, metal cleaner, household batteries
  • Workshop: paint, glue, varnish, paint thinner & strippers, turpentine, stains, etc.
  • Garage: motor oil, gasoline, antifreeze, car batteries, lighter fluid, pool chemicals, herbicides.

Items accepted:  Household acids, adhesives, antifreeze, automotive fluids (brake, transmission fluids), batteries (household & automotive), cleaning solvents, degreasers, fertilizers, flammable liquids, fluorescent tubes & ballasts, fungicides, gasoline – in properly marked containers, herbicides, insecticides, insulin disposal (no needles or sharps), rechargeable batteries, paint  (oil-based only, no latex paint), paint strippers and thinners, pesticides, poisons, pool chemicals, motor oil, thermometers (mercury), thermostats (mercury), tires (auto – 4 per person per day), varnish, wood stain, etc.

Items which will not be accepted are: explosives, ammunition, radioactive materials, compressed gases, garbage, yard waste, farm chemicals, business wastes, propane tanks, needles/syringes, explosives, lead-acid batteries and medical waste.  Latex paint should be solidified and disposed of with your regular pick-up (see website below for more information).

Thanks for helping to protect your environment and your health!

Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department

Steve Rypkema, Director

909 Pines Road
Oregon, IL 61061

How to deal with unused or unwanted paint and solvents

Alternatives to Everyday Household Products

Household Hazardous Waste IEPA brochure

HHW Rockford Site 2017

Household Guide to Automotive and Small Engine Product Disposal