Who is SWALCO?
The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County, IL (SWALCO) was formed in 1991 to implement the Lake County Solid Waste Management Plan, and is comprised of 42 municipal members and the County of Lake. The Agency and its five staff members are dedicated to implementing programs that increase reuse, recycling and composting and reduce Lake County’s reliance on final disposal in landfills. SWALCO’s mission includes:
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What goes in my curbside bin?
SWALCO has made recycling easier and more understandable through the development of its new recycling guidelines. The average household in Lake County recycles about 680 pounds of material each year or about 25% of the total waste generated. SWALCO’s goal is to increase these numbers through better education of residents on all the things that can be recycled.
What can I bring to the Household Chemical Waste (HCW) events?
SWALCO conducts 30 HCW collection events each year, 24 are held at the Gurnee facility and 6 are held at various locations throughout the County. These events are for household chemical waste from households only, no business generated wastes are accepted. For a list of acceptable and non-acceptable items please click here.