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Solid Waste Agency of Lake County

Electronic Recycling

Residential Electronics Recycling Opportunities

Beginning January 1, 2012, the Illinois Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act landfill ban for certain electronic devices became effective. Electronic items such as televisions, monitors, computers and printers are some of the most common items that are no longer allowed in the regular trash (see below for a full list of prohibited electronics). Residents of the County should direct prohibited electronic items to a residential recycling drop off location hosted by SWALCO. Below is a listing of drop off locations available for residents.  No commercial, institutional or governmental electronics can be accepted at any of the drop off locations.

Recycling Options For Commercial Electronics

SWALCO recognized a need to offer electronics recycling opportunities for commercial electronics generated by businesses, institutions and schools. To address this need SWALCO has partnered with eWorks Electronics Services, Inc. to provide this service through a program called the Business Concierge Program.  To learn more visit swalco.org/business or print  our flyer.

Accepted Items

Items in bold are prohibited by State law from being disposed of in the trash.

  • Batteries
  • Cable Receivers
  • Cameras
  • Cassette Tapes
  • CD Players
  • Compact Discs
  • Computers (including tablets)
  • Computer Drives
  • Digital Converter Boxes
  • Digital Video Disc Players
  • Digital Video Disc Recorders
  • Electronic Keyboards
  • Electronic Mice
  • Facsimile Machines
  • Holiday Lights
  • Mainframes
  • Microwave Ovens
  • Modems
  • Monitors
  • PDA Organizers
  • Portable Digital Music Players
  • Printers
  • Satellite Receivers
  • Scanners
  • Shredders
  • Software Discs (floppy and zip)
  • Small Household Appliances
  • Small Scale Servers
  • Stereos
  • Tablets
  • Telephones
  • Televisions
  • VCR Tapes
  • Video Cassette Recorders
  • Video Discs
  • Video Game Consoles

Important Note About Batteries:

Alkaline, non-rechargeable, and rechargeable batteries will only be accepted from individual residents. SWALCO-sponsored electronics collection locations cannot accept large amounts of batteries that may be collected from schools, businesses, institutions, or other community organizations.

Common household batteries that are accepted include:

  • Alkaline Batteries: AA, AAA, C, D, 9V
  • Long Life Non-Rechargeable Batteries: Lithium, Zinc-air, Silver-oxide (common button cell batteries)
  • Rechargeable Batteries: Nick Cadmium (NiCd), Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMh), Lithium Ion (Li-ion), Small Sealed Lead Acid

To avoid the risk of cross-contact of battery terminals which can result in sparking and possible fire, residents must place a piece of household type tape over the contact points on each rechargeable battery or place each rechargeable battery into a self-locking plastic baggie (one rechargeable battery per bag).

Items Not Accepted

  • Air Conditioners
  • Broken Glass
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Electric Fixtures
  • Fluorescent Light Bulbs
  • Large Household Appliances
  • Lead Acid Batteries
  • Liquid or Chemical Waste
  • Paint Cans
  • Packaging Materials
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Smoke and Fire Detectors

No commercial, institutional or governmental electronics will be accepted.  All items must be free of any packaging material and operating manuals. Recycle packaging materials and manuals along with your regular household recycling.

Household Chemical Waste is not accepted at electronics recycling collection sites.

Electronics are not accepted at the SWALCO office in Gurnee.​

If you have questions regarding recycling or disposal of other items not found on this page, please call us at 847.336.9340.

Drop Off Locations

Below is the most up to date listing of SWALCO sponsored residential electronics collection drop off locations within Lake County. This listing is regularly updated to reflect any additional events and details. There is no cost for residents to drop off electronics at these locations. The locations and hours of operation are set by the host of the collection site and any questions regarding their procedures should be made to them. These collections are open only on the specified dates and residents will be politely turned away if visiting at an unscheduled time.

Special Event Drop Off Locations​
Round Lake: Public Works Facility 751 W. Townline Road, Round Lake, IL
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Deerfield: Public Works Facility 465 Elm Street, Deerfield, IL
Saturday, September 27, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Year-Round Drop Off Locations​​
Antioch: Waste Management North
22333 Route 173, Antioch, IL
Monday - Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Excluding holidays.
Cuba Township: Road District Facility
​28070 W. Cuba Rd., Barrington, IL
Monday - Friday: 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Excluding holidays
​Grant Township: Road District Facility 26535 Molidor Rd., Ingleside, IL
Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Excluding holidays
​Grayslake: Public Works Facility, Recycling Center 585 Berry Ave., Grayslake, IL
Monday - Friday: 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Also accepts: Cardboard, mixed paper, household containers, clothing and textiles.
​Highland Park: Firearms Training Center 1180 Half Day Rd., Highland Park, IL
Only Tuesdays and Fridays: 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Also accepts: Fluorescent light bulbs, foam containers, and foam packaging materials
​Lake Barrington: Prairieland Disposal & Recycling Services 21988 N. Pepper Rd., Lake Barrington, IL
Monday - Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Saturday: 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Excluding holidays
Also accepts: Cardboard, mixed paper, household containers, clothing and textiles.
Lake Zurich: Community Services Facility 505 Telser Rd., Lake Zurich, IL
Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Excluding holidays
Libertyville: Public Works Facility  600 North Ave., Libertyville, IL
Monday - Friday: 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
April 1st - October 31st
Excluding Holidays
Mundelein: Public Works Facility 440 E. Crystal St., Mundelein, IL
Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
May 1st - September 30th
Excluding Holidays
North Chicago: Streets Division Facility 1421 Renkin Ave., North Chicago, IL
Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Excluding holidays
​Round Lake Beach: Public Works Facility ​911 Lotus Dr., Round Lake Beach, IL
Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Excluding holidays
​Round Lake: Public Works Facility 751 W. Townline Rd., Round Lake, IL
2nd Tuesday, every other month:
September 9, 2014: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
​Vernon Hills: Public Works Facility 490 Greenleaf Dr., Vernon Hills, IL
Monday - Friday: 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Excluding holidays
​Vernon Township: Road District Facility 3050 N. Main St., Buffalo Grove, IL
Monday - Friday: 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Excluding holidays
​Warren Township: Road District Facility 17801 W. Washington Ave., Gurnee, IL
(use the Almond Rd. entrance)
Monday - Friday: 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Excluding holidays
​Wauconda: Public Works Facility ​302 Slocum Lake Rd., Wauconda, IL
Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Excluding holidays
​Wauconda Township: Road District Facility 505 W. Bonner Rd., Wauconda, IL
1st Saturday of the month: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Also accepts: Florescent light bulbs
​Waukegan: Public Works Facility 1700 McAree Rd., Waukegan, IL
Monday - Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Excluding holidays
​Zion: Public Works Facility 3220 27th St., Zion, IL
1st & 3rd Saturday monthly: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Excluding holidays

How SWALCO Recycles Your Electronics

All electronic devices that are collected through SWALCO will be recycled by Sims Recycling Solutions (SRS). SRS is the global leader in electronics recycling and is distinguished with various levels of industry certification including e-Stewards 1.0:2009, R2-2008, ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OSHAS18001. SRS also strictly adheres to the rules and regulations established by the Illinois Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act along with those required by SWALCO. All computer hard drives and devices that store data will be mechanically shredded and recycled for primary metal recovery. ​