Responsible Trash

Before you toss, consider gathering your unsafe garbage and making a delivery to sites where they will safely dispose of chemicals and materials that hurt our environment and drinking water. Give them a call or check their site for dates.  Its FREE!!! 

Solid Waste Agency of Lake County 847-336-9340


Curbside Recycle Guidelines

Paper, flat card board 3x3, plastics #1-5, clean empty metal cans, aluminum foil, glass containers.

(The following will contaminate an entire load of recyclables)

No food residue or wax coating, no plastic bags or wrappers, no bath tissue or paper towels.

No plastics #6 or #7, no utensils, plates, toys, plant pots, garden hoses, or pools.  No fire extinguishers, propane or helium tanks. No hangers, small appliances, batteries or auto parts.

No light bulbs, mirrors, bakeware, windows or auto glass. No foam, holiday lights, needles/syringes, paint cans, or wire.


Yard Waste-

There is a state-wide ban on disposing of landscape materials, grass & leaves in landfills. Please call for special pick up or see site on how to compost and get your own bin.

Document & Paper Shredding

  Paper Tiger-Gurnee- Second Saturday mornings-847-599-9700 call ahead-$2 box donation

  Record Mangement-Mundelein-First Saturday mornings-847-949-8500 call ahead-FREE


Plastic bags-stuff into single bag, tie closed and recycle at nearest grocery store.

Hangers-tie together neatly and deliver to nearest dry cleaner

Gym shoes-see promotion at /SWALCO website

Household Chemical Waste-Year Round Drop off is available by appointment-Please call


Latex paint will NOT be accepted at any of the Agency's HCW events.  It's always best if you can recycle it or look for disposal alternatives instead of disposing of it.  Check out our latex paint page in the Disposal Guide for a list of disposal alternatives and for information about Ela Township's "Partner's for Paint" recycling program for County residents and Earth Paints recycling program.    If you cannot utilize one of these, residents can dispose of Latex paint, after solidifying it, by adding materials such as shredded newspaper, kitty litter or Oil-Dry to absorb wet paint.  Place can with lid off in regular waste (not recycling).



The following are general lists of materials/items that are acceptable and not acceptable at our 

household chemical waste collections.


Materials ACCEPTED at HCW Collections:

  • Aerosol Products

  • Antifreeze

  • Asbestos

  • 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)

  • Fungicides

  • Furniture Strippers and Varnishes

  • Garden and Lawn Chemicals

  • Gasoline

  • 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, etc.)

  • Solvents

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

  • Fireworks

  • Household Electronics

  • Latex Paint

  • Lead-acid Batteries

  • Propane Tanks

  • Medical Wastes

  • Sharps/Needles

  • Smoke Detectors

  • Tires

Household Electronics-Many year round locations-check for site/times/dates nearest you under "Collection Events".

Accepted Items: 

Personal Computers, Monitors, Computer Drives, Keyboards, Modems, Mainframes, Scanners, Printers, PDA Organizers, any type of telephones, Televisions (any size), Stereos, MP3 Players, CD Players, DVD Players, VCR’s, Cameras, Video Games, Fax Machines, Shredders, and Small Household Appliances, holiday lights, microwave ovens.

Items NOT Accepted: 

Broken Glass, Air Conditioners, Dehumidifiers, Large Household Appliances, Lead Acid Batteries, Electric Fixtures, Fluorescent Light Bulbs, Compact Disks, Software Disks, Tapes, Liquid or Chemical Waste, and Packaging Materials.


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