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Household Chemical Waste Event

You will need appointments for these!

Date: 1 time per month (check website)

Time: Appointment required

Location: 1311 N. Estes St, Gurnee IL, 60031

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Due to the shutdown SWALCO is limited to accept only the following materials:

  • Oil
  • Antifreeze
  • Flammables:
    • Oil-based Paints
    • Gasoline
    • Solvents
    • Flammable Aerosols only


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Special Materials Drop-Off Event

Items accepted: Latex paint, Single-Use Propane Cylindars, Fire Extinguishers

You will need an appointment!

Date: Every 3rd Wednesday of the Month

Time: Appointment required

Location: 1311 N. Estes St, Gurnee IL, 60031

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SWALCO & University of Illinois Extension Master Gardners Announce 2023 Learning Series

Gardening and food bring people together.  They foster a sense of enjoyment, peace, security, health and well-being.  More individuals and families are reaching out and interested in learning how to start a garden while others are interesting in learning how to compost.  And, for those who are already gardening, perhaps we can help you “up” your gardening game.  Whatever your interests, and whether you are a beginner or have some experience, we are here to help!  We’ll be offering our annual Garden Learning Series for this new year 2023  The series features a number of workshops to help and educate on a variety of topics.  The first program will cover seed starting for your garden and of course, we will offer a program dedicated to compost and composting! Workshops will be held the second Wednesday of the month from 6:00-7:30 pm.  A list of upcoming topics and workshops can be found on the FLYER.  It’s a great time to being your gardening adventures.

This program series is offered in collaboration with University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners and focuses on efforts to promote composting and food waste diversion in Lake County, Illinois. Registration is free for all,  we hope you will join us.

February 15, 2023: Seed Starting for your Garden

March 8, 2023: Succesful Vegetable Gardening

April 12, 2023: Composting: Basics, Benefits & Beyond

May 10, 2023: Intro to Native Plants

June 14, 2023: Rain Gardens 101

July 12, 2023: Planting for Pollinators

August 9, 2023: Butterfly Gardening

Septmeber 13, 2023: Landscaping with Native Plants

October 11, 2023: Landscaping for a Changing Climate

November 8, 2023: Starting Native Plants from Seed


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Recycling Safety

The waste industry is indicating it is operating at nearly full capacity and is still able to provide regular collection for garbage and recyclables. One service that has been impacted throughout Lake County is the collection of bulky items or large items left outside of the garbage container, which will no longer be collected unless the material is placed in a rigid container or plastic bag.  The waste industry has told us they made this decision based on the safety of its drivers.  For specific information on the status of bulky item collection in your community please check the SWALCO Neighborhood Program Community Website (Green Oaks)

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YES – Metal, Paper, Glass, Plastic & Cartons

NO – Plastic Bags, Big Items, Tanglers, Clothing, Food, Liquids, Diapers, Batteries, Needles, Shredded Paper

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