Solid Waste agency of Lake County (SWALCO)

In 1989, Lake County became the first county in Illinois to adopt a solid waste management plan in compliance with the Illinois Solid Waste Planning and Recycling Act. The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) was formed in 1991 to implement the Lake County Solid Waste Management Plan, and currently is comprised of members from 42 municipalities including, Lake County and Great Lakes NTC, representing at least 85% of the county's population.

What We Do

"Solid Waste Management" is the planned and organized management of solid waste in an environmentally and economically sound manner. Solid waste management encompasses management of the generation , storage, collection, transfer, transportation, processing, reuse, recycling, incineration, energy recover and landfilling of solid waste. It includes all administrative, financial, educational, environmental, legal, planning, marketing and operational aspects of the management of solid wastes. Specifically, SWALCO deals with "municipal waste," which refers to garbage, general household and commercial waste, industrial lunchroom or office waste, landscape waste, and construction or demolition debris.

Residential Electronics Recycling Drop Off

 Due to unforeseen difficulties in operating a program for public collection of electronics under the parameters of the Illinois Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act, The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) is announcing that effective December 18, 2014 the Public Works building at 911 Lotus Dr. will not be collecting recycled items. Please visit for more information in regards to the nearest drop-off location.

Household Chemical Waste Drop-Off Events

In addition to Mobile HCW Events held around Lake County from spring through fall, residents can schedule an appointment to dispose of their household chemical waste (HCW) at SWALCO'S permanent facility located in Gurnee at 1311 N. Estes Street.
Please see our calendar to find the next drop off event.  Drop off events take waste by appointment only, so make an appointment now

For information regarding Household Chemical Waste Collections mobile collections, please visit the SWALCO website or call 847-336-9340.

Other Recycling Services

Clothing & Textiles Recycling

Sharps Disposal