Household Chemical Waste (HCW) Collections
Residents have three ways to dispose of their household chemical waste:
- Year-round Collection Events held at our permanent facility in Gurnee, and
- Mobile Collection Events held at various locations throughout Lake County (April - through November)
- Other Permanent Illinois HCW Facilities Other facilities that can be used by any Illinois resident
Year-round Residential Collection Events at Our Permanent Facility (Appointment Required)
The year-round program offers collections twice a month: the second Saturday of every month and the fourth Monday of every month (except December). These collections are for residential waste. Business, Commercial and Institutional waste will be turned away.
The Gurnee facility is located at 1311 N. Estes Street. Please use Route 41 to Delany Road (North) to Grove (East) to Estes.
(Map to Facility)
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Schedule your online appointment below. Appointments are needed so that the collection is staffed to handle the number participants.
Mobile Residential Collection Events (No Appointment Necessary)
The Mobile Collections for 2013 have been completed. See you in the Spring!
Please check back at this site routinely for an updated schedule of year-round collection events and Mobile Collections. All HCW collection events, sponsored by SWALCO, are FREE and for Illinois residents ONLY. You do not need to be a resident of the community where the collection takes place in order to participate. Please scroll down the page for a general list of items accepted and not accepted at all HCW events.
If you have questions regarding items that are accepted, please check the list below, or contact SWALCO at 847-336-9340. If you need to dispose of something before you can get to one of our events, please consult SWALCO's "Where Should My Stuff Go?"
If you would like to receive email announcements about SWALCO programs and collections, (including household chemical waste collections), please sign up for the SWALCO Announcements e-list.
Other Permanent Illinois HCW Facilities
The following permanent facilities can be used by any Illinois resident for disposal of Household Chemical Waste:
1979 Brookdale (Behind Fire Station)
Saturdays and Sundays 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Chicago: Goose Island Facility
1150 N. Branch Street
Tuesdays: 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thursdays: 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
1st Saturday of the month: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Rockford: Rock River Reclamation District
Tires and lead acid batteries (auto and boat batteries) can be recycled at any retail outlet that sells them.
Motor Oil can be dropped off at Lake Zurich's Public Works facility, located at 505 Telser Road (847) 540-1696. It's open to Lake county residents ONLY; 24 hours a day, seven days a week (no business waste, and no household chemical waste). Residents place their container of motor oil in the yellow shed. Lake Zurich staff then take the container around back and empty the contents into storage tanks awaiting removal via an oil reclamation company.
Automotive Chemicals Auto Zone stores have indicated that they will accept a variety of automotive chemicals (such as motor oil, antifreeze and transmission fluid) for disposal. Other oil-change businesses (i.e. Jiffy Lube and Lube Pro's) sometimes accept used motor oil.
Latex Paint is non-hazardous and therefore will NOT be accepted at any of SWALCO's HCW events. It's always best if you can recycle it or look for disposal alternatives instead of disposing it. Check out our latex paint page on the "Where Should My Stuff Go?" page for information about Earth Paints recycling program. If you cannot utilize one of these alternative disposal options, residents can dispose of latex paint, after solidifying it. To solidify late paint, add materials such as shredded newspaper, kitty litter or Oil-Dry to absorb the wet paint. Plan can with lid off in regular waste (not recycling).
Businesses that need to dispose of chemical wastes should contact one of the following companies:
The following is a general list of materials/items that are acceptable and not acceptable at our
household chemical waste collections.
Materials ACCEPTED at HCW Collections:
- Aerosol Products
- Batteries: Rechargeable (NI-CAD), Lithium and Metal Hydride Batteries (NO ALKALINE or LEAD-ACID)
- Drain Cleaners
- Driveway Sealers
- Fertilizers, Herbicides
- Fluorescent Lights and CFL's (compact fluorescent bulbs)
- Furniture Strippers and Varnishes
- Garden and Lawn Chemicals
- Hobby Chemicals
- Household Cleaners
- Insecticides and Pesticides
- Mercury (including thermometers and thermostats)
- Metal Polishes
- Motor Oil
- Oil-based Paints
- Paint Removers
- Pool Chemicals
- Prescription Drugs (for People and Pets),Over-the Counter Medicines and Supplements (NO DEA CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES - see below)
- Personal Care Products (including cosmetics, skin-care products, shampoos, nail polish and remover, etc.)
The following materials are NOT ACCEPTED at HCW Collections:
- Agricultural Chemicals
- Alkaline Batteries
- Business or Institutional Wastes
- DEA Controlled Substances (click for list at DEA site)
- Explosives and Ammunition
- Fire Extinguishers
- Household Electronics
- Latex Paint
- Lead-acid Batteries
- Propane Tanks
- Medical Wastes
- Smoke Detectors
To contact the DEA Chicago Branch Office, call (312) 353-7875.