If you have been waiting for Madison County to announce a date for a hazardous waste pick-up or collection day, you will be waiting a bit longer.  The Illinois EPA's budget has been cut, and there is no funding available to hold such an event.  In the past, there would be events in either Madison or St. Clair Counties, but the money has been slashed statewide.

Madison County Sustainability Coordinator Leah Dettmers says while it may not be as convenient, there are other ways to get rid of your hazardous waste.  For example, old paint:

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In the case of old tires, she says all tire shops are required to take them, and charge you a small fee of around $2.50 per tire to do so.  Tires are not permitted in landfills, because they rise to the surface.  For more information on what qualifies as hazardous materials and how to dispose of them, call 296-6647.

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