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New Permanent Hazardous Waste Facility

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle recently announced a $4.6 million partnership between the Cook County Department of Environment and Sustainability (DES) and South Suburban College (SSC) to provide County residents with a permanent drop-off location to appropriately dispose of household hazardous waste (HHW) materials. The HHW facility will be located alongside the Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM Center) that opened at SSC in 2023.

In addition to electronics, polystyrene foam, clothing and textiles, personal healthcare equipment and general household recycling materials that can be disposed of at the CHARM Center, Cook County residents will also be able to dispose of household chemicals, rechargeable batteries, oil-based paints, solvents, medications, fluorescent light bulbs, antifreeze, motor oil, gasoline, auto fluids, herbicides, pesticides, insecticides, aerosol cans and lawn, pool and hobby chemicals. The HHW facility is projected to open in 2025.

“Cook County is excited to expand our partnership with South Suburban College to ensure that residents in the Southland have access to a facility that will allow them to safely dispose of hazardous materials,” said President Preckwinkle. “The HHW facility will complement the CHaRM Center and make the surrounding communities, which have traditionally lacked access to these services, safer and more sustainable.”

This new facility fills a major gap in services in the south suburbs and south side of Chicago. The nearest similar facilities are on the near north side of Chicago, Naperville, Lake County and Rockford.

The County is providing funding for the HHW facility as well as the CHaRM Center through American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding. The County allocated over $100 million in ARPA funding to support a clean environment for all and to fight climate change.
County residents that have questions about the HHW facility or the CHaRM Center may email DES at wasteandrecycling@cookcountyil.gov.

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