COVID-19 Info & Updates

Our staff is limiting their working hours to help decrease the spread of acute respiratory illness and lower the impact of COVID-19. We will continue to communicate through our website and social media outlets. We will have limited access to our emails and voicemails during this time, so please note that responses may take longer than usual. We encourage visitors to email us at and we will continue to do our best to provide a timely response.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during these uncertain times, please check back to this page for the most recent updates regarding solid waste management in Lake County, IL. 

Residential Waste Collection Services in Lake County, IL COVID-19 Update

PPE Recycling Draft3b 4-9-2020

SWALCO Household Chemical Waste Collection Events COVID-19 Update

Our bi-monthly Household Chemical Waste Collection events have resumed.

You must schedule an appointment to drop off Household Chemical Waste at our Gurnee facility.  Click here to view appointment availability and to schedule an appointment.

The routine weekday event, typically held on the fourth Monday of each month, is cancelled until further noticeThis is a safety precaution that will help in minimizing potential exposure risks to SWALCO office staff due to the increase presence of outside contractor personnel in the facility that are required for those events. 

 **Safety is crucial during your visit. Please Stay In Your Vehicle and Wear Masks**

There are other HCW drop off locations in Illinois should you find you can not wait to visit our facility.

Please visit our Residential HCW Collection Options page and you’ll find links to other facilities.

SWALCO Clothing & Textiles Public Drop Off Program COVID-19 Update

As of Monday, June 22, the collection sites are fully operational Thank you for your patience!

Thank you again for your support.  Please refer to our Clothing and Textiles web page for program details. 

 This information will be updated as changes occur.

SWALCO Residential Electronics Recycling Program COVID-19 Update

All SWALCO supported Residential Electronics Collection Drop Off Program locations are open during their regularly scheduled times of operations.  Please refer to the Residential Electronics Drop Off Locations web page for a up to date listing of these sites and hours.  This information will be updated in the event of any changes.

SWALCO Compost Bin & Rain Barrel Sale

SWALCO and the Lake County Forest Preserves annual Compost Bin, Rain Barrel and Native Plant Sale scheduled for May 9 at Independence Grove, Libertyville has been cancelled. This information will be updated if the event can be rescheduled for later this year.

More information about Lake County Closures and Service Modifications

Lake County Government is focused on protecting the health and safety of the community and our employees while continuing to deliver services to the greatest extent possible for the people and organizations we serve.  Click on this website link to view additional information and updates as they becomes available.