Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) Household Chemical Waste Collections


  • Mobile collection events will be posted as SWALCO makes dates available.
    The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County holds year-round household chemical waste recycling events. This is a safe and convenient way to dispose of unwanted household waste, including over-the-counter or prescription medications at no cost to you. The year-round program offers collections twice a month; the second Saturday of every month and the fourth Monday of every month (except December). These events are held at SWALCO's Gurnee facility, located at 1311 N. Estes Street. Upcoming events are being held on January 14 and 23 2017.


The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County, IL (SWALCO) Household Chemical Waste (HCW) collection program was created to help residents dispose of their chemical wastes safely and conveniently. The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County, IL (SWALCO) offers two ways for residents to dispose of their household chemical waste safely and conveniently:

1. Year-round collection events at SWALCO's permanent facility in Gurnee (1311 N. Estes). Appointments are required and may be made online.
2. Mobile collections held at various locations throughout Lake County from April through November. Collections generally take place from 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM. Collection dates will be posted to the site when made available by SWALCO.

Please visit SWALCO's site at if you require additional information, or call SWALCO at 847-336-9340.

A variety of common but problematic household materials can be brought to a HCW collection day, including old prescription medications, as well as unused over-the-counter medications. Other common household materials that can be brought to a HCW collection event.

Latex paint is no longer accepted at HCW collections.  Business and commercial wastes, explosives such as fireworks an ammunition, propane tanks, smoke detectors and fire extinguishers, agricultural chemicals and medical wastes will NOT be accepted at any of the Agency's HCW events. Lead acid batteries (auto and boat batteries) are also not accepted at these collections. These batteries can be recycled at any retail outlet selling new lead-acid batteries.