There are a lot of things we are told that we shouldn't throw away, batteries, glass, nails, tacks, wire, cans, and other recyclables. The list is pretty long when you finally take a look. Though these are highly recommended some things, however, can get you in some real trouble if you throw them away.

Today we will be looking at 8 things you should never throw away. Not only are they bad for the environment, but they are also Illegal to toss in the trash!

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The eight items you shouldn't throw away really could get you in so hot water if you were caught.

8 Illegal Items To Throw Away In Illinois 

We got these from Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Disposal Methods. Make sure you don't throw these away.

  • Landscape Waste | Landscape waste has been banned from landfills since July l, 1990.
  • Used Tires | Used Tires were banned from landfills on July 1, 1994.
  • White Goods (appliances)
  • Lead Acid Batteries
  • Motor Oil
  • Household Hazardous Waste
  • Universal Wastes
  • Construction and Demolition Debris

You can learn more today with the EPA.

For more information about construction and demolition debris disposal management, contact the Illinois EPA's Permit Section at 217-524-3300 or your Illinois EPA Regional Field office.


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Electronics Recycling Reminder

If you are struggling to find a place to get rid of these electronics, you can actually find the map of where you can drop off all your old electronics here. This is helpful if you're looking to get rid of huge, bulky items like box televisions and fax machines!

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Those items that are illegal to toss are as follows. You can learn more here at the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

  • Computers and Small-Scale Servers
  • Computer Monitors
  • Electronic Keyboards & Mice
  • Printers, Fax Machines, and Scanners
  • Televisions
  • DVD Players, DVD Recorders, and VCRs
  • Digital Converter Boxes, Cable Receivers, and Satellite Receivers
  • Portable Digital Music Players and Video Game Consoles

As you can see there is a lot to keep an eye out for. You can do your part to help the great state of Illinois.

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