I don't know about you, but I am ready to get my spring cleaning on, open some windows, and air out my house. If you're planning on getting rid of a few times this spring cleaning season, you might want to know which items are illegal in Illinois to throw away.

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Sadly, you can't throw everything away that you want to get rid of. There are at least eight times that if you're caught throwing away might lead to a fine. So what are those items?


Electronics is a BIG one. There is a Recycling Program where you can bring your items if they no longer work or you have no use for them. Such as:

  • 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

In Quincy, according to the Beyond the Bin Map, there are four places you can take your electronic recycling to when you need to get rid of things the right way. Electronics are not the only things you need to be careful about throwing away.

  • Batteries
  • Paint
  • Motor Oil
  • Mercury Thermometers
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Fluorescent Light Bulbs
  • Lawn Chemicals
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Fireworks
  • Tires

Just keep these in mind when cleaning out the garage, closets, or home. I know it's such a good feeling to get rid of things and clean, but you don't want to get fined for throwing something away that is illegal. Happy spring cleaning!

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