A permanent household hazardous waste collection site is available at 3333 Kishwaukee Street located more or less at the intersection Kishwaukee & Sandy Hollow Road in Rockford. They are open weekends

(except for major holiday weekends) on Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sunday Noon – 4:00 p.m. They are pretty cooperative about taking any household material needing special disposal. It is currently run by Clean

Harbors through the Rock River Reclamation District. They may be able to take larger volumes of chemicals and such from businesses or farms. For more information, call (815)-987-5570

For CFL (compact fluorescent light bulbs ) collection buckets, contact Heidi Weber at Jo-Carroll Energy for a complete list of those locations (800)-858-5522.

The fluorescent tubes are a project of the Local Extension offices and lengths up to 8 ft. can be accepted. Considering the changes (a year from now) happening in Extension, it is not known if that fluorescent tube collection will be continued.

Dispose of Unused Medicines Responsibly

It is estimated that of the 4 billion prescriptions written each year, 40% go unused. If flushed down a drain or tossed in the garbage, unused medicines can contaminate our water. If left in the home, another person in the household, or a pet, could get an unintended dose.

Many unused meds can be taken to a local pharmacy that participates in a safe disposal program. The pharmacy puts materials in a sealed case, which gets transferred to a medical-waste-disposal facility for controlled incineration.

What items are usually accepted at a pharmacy for safe disposal? Unused or expired prescription (Rx), over-the-counter (OTC), or supplements including: Pills, tablets, capsules; ointments, creams, lotions and powders; inhalers, nebulizer solutions; liquid medicines, less than 4 oz. (tighten the caps, wrap in paper towel, then place in a plastic bag and seal it closed). Leave items in original packaging, or re-package securely – nothing loose.

What items might not be accepted at a pharmacy for safe disposal? Controlled substances, such as

Adderall, Vicodin, Demerol, Hydrocodone, MS Contin, Ambien, Daytrana patch; liquids, greater than 4 oz., rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide; sharp items, such as syringes and lancets, or thermometers (check info@medasend.com for mail-in options); medical equipment and devices.

Where should you take unused or expired medicines/medical items?


In Galena - Hartig Drug Store, 11002 Bartell Blvd. 815-777-2700


In Dubuque – Hartig or Hy-Vee pharmacies


The DisposeMyMeds.org

website provides a complete listing of pharmacies that participate in a free, nation-wide disposal campaign. Iowa sponsors a “Takeaway” program at over 300 pharmacies – check the www.iarx.org/takeaway website.


Watch for newspaper announcements of “Empty The Medicine Cabinet” drives in local communities.

These events can have fewer restrictions on items accepted for disposal.


Check with your doctor’s office.


1. Dispose of Meds Safely, by Dr. Ranit Mishori, Parade, July 4, 2010, Telegraph Herald

2. Jolene Kueter, Pharmacy Coordinator, Hartig Drug Stores, Dbq, 563-588-8700, jkueter@hartigdrug.com


3. Hy-Vee Pharmacy store poster, www.iarx.org/takeaway

Montgomery Trucking

Freeport Recycling Center

Groeling Salvage Inc.


Recycling Centers

929 Fulton, Galena IL

657 N. Van Buren Avenue

217 E. Douglas

(815) 777-0672

(815) 232-2906

(815) 232-2525


For disposal of computers, monitors, etc., contact one of the following Goodwill Industries:

Freeport, Illinois

Dubuque, Iowa

Platteville, Wisconsin

2030 W. Galena Avenue

2121 Holliday Drive

2001 Progressive Parkway

(815) 232-7642

(563) 557-3158

(608) 348-5490


Organic Waste : Contact Angela Devere at Devlor Renewal (815) 281-1392.

Located at the old Savanna Army Depot, Building 1100 off McIntyre Road, Devlor Renewal covers Jo Daviess and Carroll Counties. They accept cardboard rolls, coffee grounds and filters, eggshells, fireplace ashes, grass clippings and sawdust. They do NOT take black walnut tree leaves or twigs, dairy products or pet waste.


Green Fair 2010 was held at the Galena Convention Center Saturday, September 25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with various vendors, information on energy conservation, green design, organically raised foods, and local wineries featured.

On the same date at Galena Primary School (entrance on Irvine Street across from Piggly Wiggly) there was also electronics recycling, “all kinds of batteries,” latex paint for a nominal per-gallon fee (paint collected is actually recycled). Montgomery Trucking sponsored “white goods” (appliances) collection with a fee of $10 per appliance.

For more information about future Green Fair events, contact Maggie Friedenbach, Recycling &

Conservation Programs Coordinator, Mt. Carroll Extension office, University of Illinois Extension, (815)-244-

9444 or e-mail mfrieden@illinois.edu

. The Green Fair website is www.nwil-greenfair.com


Solid Waste Agency information is available on the Jo Daviess County website, www.jodaviess.org

Click on “Helpful Links” and scroll down to Jo Daviess-Carroll County Joint Action Solid Waste Agency.

The Galena Territory’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection is held annually in October . The collection is open to all residents of Jo Daviess County . This is for household waste only, not large business- or farm-scale items (exception: motor oil – see below).

Household Hazardous Waste consists of products used around the home that contain ingredients which may harm people and the environment when stored or disposed of improperly. These products are usually labeled

“caution” or “warning.” Waste from schools or businesses will not be accepted.

Typical products accepted include, but are not limited to:

Cleaners: floor and furniture polish, oven cleaner, drain opener, disinfectants, rug cleaners.

Home Improvement: oil-based paint, stain, thinner, stripper, varnish, caulk, adhesives.

Pesticides / Herbicides: garden chemicals, insect repellant, mouse / rat poison, pet spray, mothballs.

Automotive: gasoline, wiper fluid, car wax, cleaners, solvents, brake fluid, body putty.

Other: pool chemicals, photo processing chemicals, artist paints, and household batteries.

NOT accepted : latex paint, lead-acid batteries, antifreeze.

GTA has found a company to collect used motor oil . This is not restricted to the “household” size mentioned above. If more than 1,000 gallons are collected, the company will compensate GTA for the excess.

For more information, please contact Emily Lubcke (815) 777-2000 or elubcke@thegalenaterritory.com



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