Household Chemical Waste (HCW)

Household Chemical Waste (HCW) is a term used to describe a variety of chemical products found in a household that have toxic or hazardous characteristics. Common HCW products include, but are not limited to, cleaning products, oil based paints/varnishes, flammable liquids, automotive products, garden chemicals, personal care products, and medications. 

When disposed of improperly (pouring them down the drain, disposing in the garbage) these products can contaminate the groundwater and harm the environment. Our HCW provides Illinois residents with this opportunity.

Option 1: Year-Round Public Drop Off

(Appointments are Required)
The year-round program offers collections twice a month (except December). These events are held at SWALCO's Gurnee facility. Please use Route 41 to Delany Road (North) to Grove (East) to Estes.

Option 2: Mobile Collection Events 

(Appointments are Required)
Mobile collection events typically take place between April - October at various locations throughout Lake County. Please check our website frequently for event updates. You can also Like Us on Facebook, check us out on Twitter and LinkedIn. Plus you can sign up for the occasional newsletter.

SWALCO’s HCW Program is for residential waste only

No business, commercial or institutional wastes are accepted.

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