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Posted on: April 6, 2021

REUSE-O-RAMA Drive Thru Event - Highland Park

*Important note* Please pay attention to what's on the lists of accepted and not - items will be turned away.  Also, important - other than clothing and textiles which includes items for both reuse (new and gently used) and recycling (worn, torn,...

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Posted on: April 8, 2021

2021 Bins & Barrels Sales Event

Compost bin and Rain Barrel Sale Flyer 2021

Please contact Merleanne Rampale at SWALCO to place your order now and receive details regarding payment & pick-up. 847-377-4954

  • Orders will be taken now through April 23, 2021, while supplies last.
  • Pick-up date will be Saturday, May 8. Furth...
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Posted on: April 13, 2021

Earth Day Expo at Hawthorn Mall

Celebrate Earth with a fun-filled Earth Day Expo at Hawthorn Mall! Donate a bag full of textiles and receive a $25 gift card to Barbara's Bookstore and SEE Centennial Swag.

🌺 Visit the SEE Lounge for a meet n' greet with the Isl...

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Posted on: March 29, 2021

SAVE-the-DATE - Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 22 -- Time and Place TBA -- Vernon Hills Park District Earth Day Event; SWALCO and other groups will be there to celebrate with the Park District.  More info coming soon.

Saturday, May 1 - City of Highland Park and SWALCO celebrate...

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Posted on: March 22, 2021

Are You Composting Yet? Here's How To Start

Lake County communities have the ability to divert food waste from the landfill by simply diverting food waste to compost.  Learn more about this very important recycling program that you can easily start in your home today.

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Posted on: October 4, 2017

Don't Forget to Sign Up for our Newsletter

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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 22, 2016

Our Gurnee Facility DOES NOT collect ELECTRONICS

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 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: 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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