Spring Cleaning Resources

Thinking about doing some spring cleaning? Check out some of the resources below:


Did you know you can recycle more than just empty bottles, cans and paper? Other household items like batteries, books, children’s car seats, cell phones, furniture, household electronics, plastic bags, shoes and more can be recycled. For more information on how and where these items can be recycled, please see the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) website.

There are several permanent electronics recycling drop-off locations, including the Warren Township Road District Facility (17801 W. Washington Avenue), open Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

SWALCO Electronics Recycling - Accepted Items
Batteries DVD Players Monitors Small Scale Servers
Cable Receivers DVD Recorders PDA Organizers Stereos
Cameras Electronic Keyboards Potable Digital Music Players Tablets
Cassette Tapes Electronic Mice Printers Telephones
CD Players Fax Machines Satellite Receivers TVs
CDs Holiday Lights Scanners VCR Tapes
Computers Mainframes Shredders VCRs
Computer Drives Microwave Ovens Software Discs (floppy/zip) Video Discs
Digital Converter Boxes Modems Small Household Appliances Video Game Consoles


Sprucing up the lawn or garden? Consider “going green” by using more native plants, planting a rain garden, installing a rain barrel or using a compost bin. Native plants, rain barrels and compost bins are available through SWALCO.

  • Native plants are well-suited to the environment, require less water, can help reduce weeds and are typically perennials. In addition to requiring less maintenance, native plants can also help attract and provide a habitat for native wildlife.
  • Rain gardens use water loving plants that are planted in absorbent soils to collect excess rainwater. These gardens can help reduce and naturally clean water runoff and absorb some of the excess rainwater that might otherwise flood a green space or paved area.
  • Rain barrels collect rainwater from your home’s downspouts for use in gardening, watering house plants, washing cars or windows. Rain barrels can help reduce your water bill and the amount of runoff that ends up in the sewers after a storm.
  • Compost bins collect organic materials, including yard and food waste, to create nutrient rich fertilizer.