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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 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
  • Cords & Cables 
  • 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. 

Below is the current 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 still 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.

Effective September 11, 2015
The Wauconda Township Road District is no longer accepting electronics
Please recycle your electronics at one of the locations listed below

Year-Round Drop Off Locations​​
(Appointments are Not Required)
Antioch: Waste Management North
22333 Route 173, Antioch, IL
Monday - Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 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, shoes, clothing and textiles
​Highland Park: Firearms Training Center 1180 Half Day Rd., Highland Park, IL
Every Tuesday: 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
1st Saturday of the month 7:00 am - 1:00 pm 
Excluding holidays (Next one will be July 11, 2015)
Also accepts: Fluorescent light bulbs, foam containers, foam packaging materials, clothing and textiles
​Waukegan: Public Works Facility 1700 McAree Rd., Waukegan, IL
Monday - Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Excluding holidays
Also accepts: Clothing and textiles

How SWALCO Recycles Your Electronics

All electronic devices that are collected through SWALCO will be recycled by our vendor Vintage Tech Recyclers.