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   Residential Household Hazardous Drop Off Event - Saturday, September 30

In partnership with the Illinois State Fairgrounds and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA), the City of Springfield’s upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Residential Drop-off program will be on Saturday, September 30 and open to all Illinois residents. The event is from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Residents MUST register online in advance for a drop off time and to receive a voucher. The registration form can be found at the bottom of this page. Upon arrival, resident must show their voucher on their mobile device or have a printed copy of the voucher available. Registration will open on Monday, August 14, 2023 and it will close on Friday, September 29, 2023.

   Other Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events

Individuals wanting to properly dispose of their household hazardous waste sooner are encouraged to check the IEPA website. There you will find a listing of other events around the area that are open to all residents.

   Explanation of Household Hazardous Waste

 Spring Residential Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Household Hazardous Wastes are materials and chemicals that are toxic, flammable, corrosive, reactive, or explosive. They typically cannot be safely recycled or disposed of without a special center or collection event. These wastes can be a serious threat to water supplies and our local environment if they are improperly discarded with nonhazardous trash (put into a municipal solid waste landfill), dumped down the drain, or illegally dumped elsewhere. The City of Springfield’s Office of Public Works holds an annual hazardous waste drop off in accordance with EPA guidelines and regulations. Over the past couple years, the City has partnered with the IEPA to host a co-sponsored collection open to ALL Illinois residents. This program is for residents only and does not include businesses, organizations, or institutions.

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   Voucher-Only Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Resident Requirements & Event Details

The City of Springfield in partnership with the IEPA is hosting a VOUCHER ONLY Household Hazardous Waste Collection on Saturday, September 30 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. The program is offered to ALL Illinois residents. Residents who are participating in the drop off MUST have a voucher in-hand or available on the their mobile device in order to dispose of their materials. Vouchers will be required at time of drop off.

How to obtain a voucher:

  • Participants must be a resident of the State of Illinois
  • Residents must fill out the form below or contact the Office of Public Works by calling 217.789.2255.
  • Residents must include the online form or provide at the time of calling:
    • Full name
    • Contact phone number
    • Email Address
    • City of residence
    • Type of items that will be dropped off

Upon registering residents will be given the option to email or print their voucher

  • Email – voucher will be sent to email provided for mobile device download.
  • Print – allows resident to print at home or work.

On the day of the drop off, if you arrive early, miss your time slot, or misplace your voucher, you will be sent to the overflow traffic lane and will have to wait for the next available time slot.

Voucher registration will end on Friday, September 29, 12:00PM


  • Program is not open to businesses, institutions and not-for-profit organizations
  • Vouchers are limited to one per residence. Vouchers may not be combined for delivery.
  • Vouchers are valid for time slot listed only.

Drop off location:

  • Collection will take place at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Enter through Gate 6 (Taintor Road) and proceed to Lot 21 by following the direction of traffic wardens and designated signs. Stay in your lane. Exit through Gate 7 after household hazardous waste has been delivered.

Safety Requirements:

  • ALL participants must stay in their vehicles at all times as soon as they enter the Fairgrounds until they leave the Fairgrounds.
  • At the collection point, designated staff will unload HHW items from the resident’s vehicle. It is suggested that items be placed in the trunk of vehicle or bed of truck for easier access and removal.
  • If an items label cannot be read, please relabel and/or place in new container and label.
  • Please make sure to put your items in a container you are willing to part with. We cannot ensure that containers will be returned.

UNACCEPTABLE Items at the collection
Residents are advised to check for updates to the acceptable/unacceptable items lists periodically by visiting this website.

                  DO NOT BRING LATEX PAINT                 
Latex/Acrylic Paint is not hazardous and can safely be dried or absorbed and discarded with regular trash.
Agricultural Wastes Biohazard Waste
Business/commercial sector wastes Controlled substances
Electronics Explosives/ammunition
Farm machinery oil Fire Extinguishers
Fireworks/gun powder Institutional wastes
Non-lead acid, car, or lawn mower batteries Potentially infectious medical wastes
Propane tanks Radium paint
Sharps and needles Smoke detectors
ACCEPTABLE Items at the collection
Residents are advised to check for updates to the acceptable/unacceptable items lists periodically by visiting this website.
Acids/Corrosives Aerosol paints
Alkaline, Lithium, Nicad, and Sealed Lead Acid Batteries Antifreeze/coolant
Cleaning products Drain cleaners
Fertilizers Fluorescent tubes/compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL)
Fuel additives/cleaners Hobby chemicals
Insecticides/pesticides/herbicides Lawn chemicals
Mercury thermostats & thermometers Oil based paints (No Latex)
Old & outdated medications/pharmaceuticals Old gasoline
Paint thinners/strippers Pool chemicals
Solvents Used motor oil
Residents who have questions regarding the program or any items listed or not listed may contact the Office of Public Works at 217.789.2255 or email to