As we start De-Christmasing our homes (yep, made that term up) there are a few things that cannot be tossed to the curb with the wrapping paper. Here are six things that are illegal to throw away in Illinois! ILLINOISGOV

It's time to get out of Christmas mode and prepare for a new year. Time to take down the tree, the wreathes, all of the Santa Claus related items...You can just throw it all in a bag or garbage can and call it a day, right? Wrong.

Pile of domestic garbage in landfill

There are items that are illegal to throw away with the rest of the garbage, in the state of Illinois. I think for the most part we "should" be ok with this list...but better to be safe than sorry.

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  • Lead Acid Batteries - Your old car battery shouldn't just be thrown into the garbage
  • Used Tires - Allow your tire retailer to dispose of your used tires for you.
  • Motor Oil - Some (not all) service stations and recycling centers accept used oil.
  • Construction Debris - Doing some remodeling over Christmas break? Make sure you deposit what you tore out, correctly.
  • White Goods (meaning appliances) - If you were one of those guys that thought it was hilarious to buy a new dishwasher for your wife for Christmas (are you still alive) it's important to dispose of the old appliances to right way.
  • Household Hazardous Waste - This includes items like paint, cleaners, oils, pesticides, and batteries.

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