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Article posted: 11/14/2013 5:29 PM

Geneva offers curbside hazardous waste collection

By Susan Sarkauskas

Geneva has made it easier for residents to safely get rid of hazardous household waste such as motor oil and old paint.

It has contracted for once-a-year curbside pickup of the materials, with At Your Front Door Collection, a division of Waste Management.

The collections can be scheduled at a resident's convenience.

Residents can schedule a collection by calling (800) 449-7587 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday. They can also make an appointment online at WMAtYourDoor.com, or by emailing AtYourDoor@WM.com.

A 30-gallon kit bag, labels and instructions will then be mailed to them.

Residents will be able to dispose of paint products, pesticides, motor oil, household batteries, automotive products, garden chemicals, household cleaners, fluorescent tubes and more. A complete list of accepted items can be found at geneva.il.us/index.aspx? nid=395.

Liquid materials must be in a sealed, labeled container that is 5 gallons or smaller.

Biological waste, appliances, ammunition, asbestos, tires, medicines, swimming pool chemicals and radioactive materials will not be accepted.

Before this program, the only option for safe disposal was to take materials to one of four state-EPA designated collection sites. The closest is in Naperville. The state EPA used to have an annual collection drive at the Kane County Fairgrounds but suspended the program after 2008 due to a lack of funding.

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