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Solid Waste Agency of Lake County

Clothing and Textiles Recycling

It is estimated that nearly 85% of all clothing and textiles end up in landfills in the U.S. today. The EPA estimates that the average person throws away 70 pounds of clothing each year. Textile and clothing waste is a significant problem in our country. It is estimated that anywhere from 5-10% of all waste that is sent to municipal landfills is comprised of textiles. These items are often very dense and consume significant landfill space.

With those statistics in mind, and a goal to increase recycling, SWALCO is establishing a new community-wide program where clothing and textiles can be collected for recycling. The program will accept new, gently used, used or unwanted/worn, women’s, men’s and children’s clothing and textiles. All fabrics will be accepted. Even clothes or textiles with stains or holes will be accepted. The great news too, is that almost 95% of the materials collected will be repurposed or recycled.

Drop Off Locations

Year-Round Drop Off Locations​
Fox Lake
Village Hall
(available at your convenience)
66 Thillen Dr., Fox Lake, IL
Grayslake
Public Works Facility
M-F   7:00 am to 3:30 pm
Saturday   8:00 am to 12:00 pm
585 Berry Ave., Grayslake, IL
Gurnee Fire Station #2
(available at your convenience)
6581 Dada Dr., Gurnee, IL
Hainesville  Public Works Facility
(available at your convenience) 
20 W. North Street, Hainesville, IL  
Highland Park
Firearms Training Center
(available at your convenience)
1180 Half Day Road, Highland Park, IL.
Lindenhurst  Village Hall
(available at your convenience)
2301 East Sand Lake Road, Lindenhurst, IL.
Mundelein Park District
(available at your convenience)
1401 N. Midlothian Rd., Mundelein, IL
North Chicago Public Works Facility
M-F 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Excluding Holidays
1421 Renkin Ave., North Chicago, IL
Prairieland Disposal and Recycling
M-F 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Saturday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
21988 N. Pepper Rd., Lake Barrington, IL
Round Lake Village Hall
(available at your convenience)
442 N. Cedar Lake Rd., Round Lake, IL
Round Lake Beach Public Works
(available at your convenience)
911 Lotus Dr., Round Lake Beach, IL
Round Lake Park Village Hall
(available at your convenience)
203 E. Lake Shore Dr., Round Lake Park, IL
Vernon Hills Public Works Facility
(available at your convenience)
490 Greenleaf Dr., Vernon Hills, IL
Warren Township Highway Department Highway Department Township Building
M-F 7:00 am to 3:00 pm
Excluding Holidays
17801 W. Washington Ave., Gurnee, IL
(Use the Almond Rd. entrance)
Wauconda Public Works
(available at your convenience)
302 Slocum Lake Rd., Wauconda, IL
Waukegan
Public Works
M-F 7:30 am to 4:00 pm
Excluding Holidays
1700 McAree Rd., Waukegan, IL.  
West Deerfield Township West Deerfield Township Center
601 Deerfield Road, Deerfield, IL.  
(available at your convenience)
Zion 2828 Sheridan Rd., Zion, IL
(available at your convenience)
Behind City Hall/Old Fire Station One

SWALCO will be working with Chicago Textile Recycling, a Division of Wipeco, Inc. to recycle the items collected. Below is a list of acceptable and non-acceptable items that will be accepted through this program.

Proceeds from the program will support community and environmental education, outreach and programs. There will be opportunities for community and corporate groups and organizations, as well as schools, to work with SWALCO on special collection drives and events.

Acceptable Items

Clothing Items

  • Blouses and shirts
  • Coats and jackets
  • Dresses
  • Halloween costumes
  • Hats and scarves
  • Pants, shorts and jeans
  • Pet clothing 
  • Socks (single or in pairs)
  • Suits and tuxedos
  • Swimsuits
  • Sweaters and sweatshirts
  • Ties
  • Undergarments

Clothing Accessories

  • Backpacks
  • Belts
  • Purses and handbags
  • Tote Bags

Household Textiles

  • Bedspreads, duvets, comforters, sheets, blankets, and quilts
  • Curtains
  • Drapes
  • Sofa Covers
  • Table linens
  • Towels and washcloths

Unacceptable Items

  • Wet, smelly, or moldy items
  • Pillows
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Mattresses
  • Rugs
  • Carpet
  • Cushions
  • Foam furniture and foam mats
  • Vinyl Shower Curtains
  • Large Luggage

Please note: SWALCO sponsors Reuse-A-Shoe program with shoe recycling collection sites (all types of footwear, new, used, gently used or worn, excluding ice skates, roller blades and winter boots) and electronics recycling sites at many locations around the county all year-round.