Spring Cleaning – In Your Garage
For many homes, the garage or shed tends to be the place where things go when they don’t have an immediate purpose or need. And it tends to be the place with the most hazardous materials. We want to make sure you know what is recyclable, can be dropped off once we are no longer under a “stay at home” order, or put into your trash cart.
Please note that bulky item collection is currently suspended until April 30, 2020 (Read more here). Bulky materials are items such as mattresses and old furniture that cannot be containerized. These items will not be collected at this time. This is a precautionary measure aimed at protecting the PDC workforce. Residents will be notified when bulky collection resumes.
Some materials we find in our garage need special care. We’ve compiled a list of the most common items Peoria residents find in their garages and let you know where it all can go.
What is Recyclable?
Just like with the materials in your home, if it’s paper, plastic containers, cartons, cans, or glass, it can go into your recycling cart.
Do NOT include cans, glass, or containers that have household hazardous waste (garden chemicals, automotive fluids, paints, etc.)
What Needs to Go to a Drop-Off Center?
NOTE: Please put these items aside so you can take them to the drop-off centers when the “stay at home” order is lifted.
While most of what you clean out of your garage can go into the recycling cart or trash cart, some items do need to be taken to a drop-off center. Peoria County provides a list of drop-off locations at Peoria County Recycling Services. Please do not put the following items in your recycling or trash cart:
Household Hazardous Wastes
Many items in our garages are hazardous and can cause harm to people, animals, and our environment. Don’t dump any of the following down the drain, or place them in your recycling or trash carts.
- Paint, stains, thinners, and other paint products
- Garden chemicals such as pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, etc.
- Automotive fluids (see examples below)
The following are banned from landfills in Illinois. If you have any working items from this list, look for donation options, otherwise, take them to a vendor for disposal.
- Computers, monitors, printers
- Keyboards, mice
- VCR and DVD equipment
- MP3 players
- Video game consoles
- Small services, digital converter boxes, satellite/cable receivers
- Fax machines
- Motor oil and other fluids
Propane tanks can cause fires in collection trucks. You can exchange empty propane tanks at many convenience stores, or check for drop-off locations at Peoria County Recycling Services.
And if you think an item might not be recyclable, remember the old saying, “When in doubt, throw it out.” This helps keep recycling free of material that can’t be recycled.
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