Accepted & Unacceptable Items
- All aerosol products (spray paint, hair spray, etc.)
- Motor oil, antifreeze, gas, brake fluid, etc.
- Asbestos containing products
- Batteries: Lithium, NI-CAD, Metal Hydride Batteries (NO ALKALINE)
- Drain cleaners, household cleaners, metal polishes
- Driveway sealers, deck sealers and cleaners, paint removers
- Fertilizer, herbicide, pesticide, insecticide
- Compact fluorescent lamps and tubes
- Solvents: Mineral spirits, kerosene, thinners, sealers
- Mercury (thermometers, thermostats, etc.)
- Oil-based paints, stains, varnishes, sealers
- Pool chemicals
- Personal care products: Cosmetics, shampoos, nail polish, etc.
- Medications: Over-the-counter and prescription (people and pet)
Items Not Accepted
- Business, commercial or institutional wastes
- Agricultural chemicals
- Bulky asbestos laden items
- Alkaline batteries
- DEA controlled substances (DEA site or call 312-353-7875)
- Explosives and ammunition
- Fire extinguishers
- Household electronics
- Latex paint
- Lead acid batteries
- Propane tanks
- Medical wastes, sharps/needles
- Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
Important Notice about BatteriesThe following batteries are NOT ACCEPTED at SWALCO sponsored Residential Electronics Collection sites OR the SWALCO Household Chemical Waste Collection program:
- Alkaline Batteries: AAA, AA, C, D, 9v & 6v
- Long Life Non-Rechargeable Batteries (button cell batteries): Lithium, Zinc-Air, Silver-oxide
Alkaline and Long Life Non-Rechargeable batteries are non-hazardous and may be disposed of in the regular trash.
You may explore other possible options regarding alkaline battery disposal/recycling on our Odds & Ends page.
The following lead acid (wet cell) batteries are NOT ACCEPTED at SWALCO sponsored Residential Electronic Collection sites OR the SWALCO Household Chemical Waste Collection program. Lead acid batteries are prohibited by State law from being disposed of in the trash and should be returned to place of purchase or metal scrap yard that may accept them.
• Lead Acid Batteries: Auto, Motorcycle, Boat, Recreational Vehicle, Lawn Tractor, and Backup Sump Pump.
The following rechargeable batteries are ACCEPTED at both SWALCO sponsored residential electronics collection sites and the SWALCO Household Chemical Waste Collection program include:
- Rechargeable Batteries: Nickel Cadmium (NiCd), Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMh), Lithium Ion (Li-ion), and Small Sealed Lead Acid
To avoid the risk of cross-contact of rechargeable battery terminals, which can result in sparking and possible fire, residents must place a piece of household type tape over the contact points on each rechargeable battery or place each rechargeable battery into a self-locking plastic baggie (one rechargeable battery per bag).