Household Chemical Waste (HCW)
Illinois EPA Announces Difficulties with Household Chemical Waste (HCW) Collections
Due to the IEPA's directive, SWALCO must limit HCW events and materials accepted. SWALCO is asking residents with household chemicals to keep materials safely stored in their original manufacturer containers, until HCW collections fully resume.
Why is this Program Important?
Over 700,000 people call in Lake County, Illinois home. The 2010 Census states there are over 240,000 households in the county and we estimate that nearly every household has a collection of 10-15 pounds of forgotten/unused household chemicals resting under the sinks, in the garage, basement or the infamous shed. (…on the lighter side of the scale, we talking about 2.4 MILLION lbs.of HCW). While this program is open to the entire State of Illinois, our facility is situated right here in Lake County. We are the only FREE Residential Household Chemical Waste collection site in the county.
- Chemical waste poured onto soil, streets, or our municipal storm drains are carried to our streams, causing harm to our environment, fish and wildlife.
- Chemical waste poured down household drains and toilets end up in our the sewage treatment plants and can eventually have a negative impact on wildlife and fish as well as our wetland areas.
- Chemical waste that reach our landfills can potentially leach into the soil and pollute the surrounding groundwater.
- Tossing chemical/hazardous waste into the garbage can threaten the safety and life of sanitation workers, who can be injured by acids, fires and explosions.