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Dehumidifiers (and air conditioning units, mini-refrigerators, wine coolers, etc.) typically contain a refrigerant commonly called Freon. Freon is a liquid or gaseous Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) or Hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) that is used as the coolant. Since the late 1970s, the use of CFCs has been heavily regulated because of their destructive effects on the ozone layer. This is why dehumidifiers and other devices containing Freon/refrigerants are not allowed to be disposed of in the trash and are not accepted at SWALCO collection events.
The good news is that most scrap yards accept and provide safe disposal of items containing refrigerant. A list of local scrap yards can be found under our "Where do I recycle this?" directory. For more information about Dehumidifiers and other CFC containing appliances see our "Odds & Ends" section at the top of this page.
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Alkaline batteries (AAA, AA, C, D 9v & 6v) are non-hazardous and may be disposed of in the regular trash. SWALCO does not accept alkaline batteries at any of our collections. Other options include drop off at retail stores that sell Alkaline Batteries such as Ace Hardware, Best Buy, Batteries Plus Bulbs, Home Depot, Lowes and Staples. Always call first to verify that they are accepting alkaline batteries and what if any volume limits they might have. Also check with the www.Call2Recycle.org website. For more information and options on safely disposing or recycling all forms of common batteries, please visit our "Batteries" page - Click Here.
That's an easy one! We do have a periodic newsletter issued once a month (sometimes more, depending on the the activities). You can sign up on the main page of our website AND we do list all upcoming events under the News & Events section also located on the main page. To sign up for the newsletter: click here
Latex paint is not accepted at Household Chemical Waste (HCW) events because it is a non-hazardous waste. Please check out our Latex Paint Disposal page.
Yes! We "BULK" gasoline, oil and antifreeze during all of our Household Chemical Waste events. This means you don't need to unnecessary transfer your waste.
When you arrive, simply let us know you'd like your container back!
There are exceptions of course, we typically can not accept large collection containers, such as chemical drums and the like, please call ahead with larger container or quantities.
Please check out Your Community Program, this will provide a list of contracted waste hauling vendors for your neighborhood.
While we don't collect propane or any other pressurized gases through any of our programs there are solutions to your disposal needs.
Ask the retailer if the canister can be returned for recycling or disposal when it’s empty. And please whenever possible, buy refillable, reusable propane tanks. There are a variety of refillable canister sizes on the market.
Or contact local vendors for more information. We have a few options on our Single-Use Propane Canister Page - Click Here.
SWALCO conducts 30 HCW collection events each year, 24 are held at the Gurnee facility and 5 are held at various locations throughout the County. These events are for household chemical waste from households only, no business generated wastes are accepted. We have a list of acceptable and non-acceptable items on the HCW Page.
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’s collection programs and most curbside recycling programs do not accept them either. However, residents do have several options for managing microwaves including the following;
1. If the unit works, please check with your local charitable outlets, including local shelters.
2. Take it to your local metal scrap yard – you can find a few in our “Where Do I Recycle This” Directory OR type out “scrap yard” followed by your zip code into your choice of search engine and see what comes up. There may be a location closer to you.
3. If you’re buying a new microwave, check with the store to see if they’ll take the old one.
4. Call your waste hauler to inquire about disposal/recycling options.
SWALCO does not provide shredding services however many municipalities host their own. We encourage you to reach out to your village to inquire.
SWALCO contracts with Electronic Recyclers International (ERI) to recycle the electronics. All electronics are manually or mechanically demanufactured within ERI's processing facility. All base metals, plastics and glass are then sold as a commodity. Hard drives and memory are shredded and added to the recycled metals. None of the electronics are reused, or exported as whole units.