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Posted on: February 23, 2018

Are you familar with our Reuse-A-Shoe Program?


SWALCO's Reuse-A-Shoe program has been working with groups from around the region for almost 14 years now. Please take a look at all the reasons you might want to consider participating in this worthwhile program which has local and global impact!

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Posted on: January 17, 2018

The Alliance for the Great Lakes’ Young Professional Council Grant Opportunity

This includes local waterways, watersheds, wetlands, and water systems or the community’s access or use of these resources.

Last year’s grantees included:

  • EcoHouse, who created a rainwater collection system to irrigate a flower farm in E...
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Posted on: January 22, 2018

HCW Public Drop Events for February - Get your appointment today!

SWALCO’s HCW collection program diverts HCW from the municipal waste stream by sending it to IEPA approved recycling and reuse facilities thereby reducing the volume and toxicity of our municipal waste stream. Our HCW program is a hybrid program consistin...

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Posted on: August 22, 2016

Our Gurnee Facility DOES NOT collect ELECTRONICS

Appointments ARE necessary for HCW drop-offs. There are (4) sites available in Lake County for residential electronics recycling. Please visit our Electronics page for more information.

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Posted on: August 14, 2017

Our Administrative Staff hours vs. HCW Drop-Off Events

All household chemical waste drop-off events at our Gurnee facility are by APPOINTMENT ONLY

We truly understand how frustrating it can be to “do the right thing” – it take extra time and effort (and even gas money) but the fact is our HCW progra...

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Posted on: October 4, 2017

Don't Forget to Sign Up for our Newsletter

We post information regarding our programs and events on a regular basis. Please take a moment sign up to keep tabs on what's coming up next!

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Posted on: November 6, 2017

Preparing your Household Chemical Waste for Drop Off - TidBit

Please visit our "How to Prepare your HCW for Delivery" page - This will provide you with the information you need!

Thank you for your consideration.

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Posted on: August 17, 2017


The IEPA states "At every collection, in every part of the state, paint is the most common material delivered by Illinois citizens. Today's latex (water-based) paint has a very low level of toxicity. Disposing of it at a household hazardous waste col...

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Posted on: September 26, 2017

Microwaves, microwaves and more microwaves - Recycling & Disposal Options

In Illinois, this common kitchen appliance does not require any special disposal measures and are not included in the short list of items that are banned from disposal in Illinois landfills.  Microwave ovens are not accepted at any of SWALCO&...

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