CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - Hundreds of people came to Carbondale Saturday to dispose of old paint, light bulbs, batteries and more.
The household hazardous waste collection was free and took place at SIU Arena's parking lot.
People were dropping off old cans of paint, batteries, pool chemicals and herbicides.
They were also taking old and unused medications.
Items containing mercury such as: thermometers, thermostats and compact fluorescent bulbs were encouraged for drop off. Officials on hand say the items are harmful to one's health when broken or taken to landfills.
All items will either be recycled or incinerated. No items collected will go to landfills, according to officials on hand.
The event was sponsored by the Illinois Environmental Agency, Jackson County Health Department, Jackson County Board and SIUC.
They were still collecting until 3 p.m.
And, Recycle Williamson County and the City of Herrin have announced the addition of another public drop off site in Herrin.
A trailer will be located on the corner of 17 and Harrison Street, behind the Civic Center, each Wednesday from Noon until 2 p.m. starting June 6.
According to a news release, Herrin residents can drop off any of the following items: office paper, junk mail, magazines, cardboard, newspapers, phone books, plastic bottles (#1 and #2 only), and aluminum and steel cans. Please rinse all plastic bottles and cans. Plastic bottles include: soda bottles, water bottles, laundry detergent bottles, shampoo/conditioner bottles, ketchup bottles, milk jug bottles, cleaning supply bottles, juice bottles, energy drink bottles, etc.
"This location will provide yet another convenient recycling service to our residents," stated Herrin Mayor Vic Ritter. "Along with this location, we want to remind residents we also have recycling bins located at our City Garage, provided by Progress Port. These bins are available 7am until 4pm Monday through Friday, excluding holidays."
Officials say all recycling items will be delivered to Progress Port in Carterville. Progress Port is a day workshop for developmentally disabled adults.