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Hazardous Waste

Paint Disposal

Latex Paint

Solidify the Latex Paint - Take the lids off the paint cans, add an absorbent such as kitty litter, sand, Oil-Dry or shredded paper. When the liquid paint is absorbed, leave the lids off the paint cans and dispose of them in your regular waste (not recycling) for pick-up. If the paint is already dried up in the can, leave the lid off and place it in the regular waste. If you have full cans of paint, simply divide them into emptier cans to solidify. Remember to leave the lids off the paint cans when placing in your waste receptacle. The haulers do not have time to take the lids off to see if the paint is dried out and they will not take them.

Oil-Based Paint

Oil-based paint is considered a hazardous waste and must be disposed of as directed below.

Hazardous Waste

There are two ways in which residents can dispose of hazardous waste:

  1. Residents can schedule an appointment to drop the hazardous waste off at the SWALCO permanent facility in Gurnee, IL., or
  2. Residents can drop off hazardous waste at a mobile collection event held at various locations throughout Lake County (April - November).

To schedule an appointment or to view upcoming mobile collection event dates, please click here to visit the SWALCO website.

  • Aerosol Products
  • Antifreeze
  • Asbestos
  • Batteries: Rechargeable (NI-CAD), Lithium and
    Metal Hydride Batteries
  • Drain Cleaners
  • Driveway Sealers
  • Fertilizers, Herbicides
  • Fluorescent Lights and CFL's
  • 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, Over-the Counter, Medicines
    and Supplements (NO DEA Controlled Substances)
  • Personal Care Products
  • Solvents
  • Agricultural Chemicals
  • Alkaline Batteries
  • Business or Institutional Wastes
  • DEA Controlled Substances
  • Explosives and Ammunition
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Fireworks
  • Household Electronics
  • Latex Paint
  • Lead-acid Batteries
  • Propane Tanks
  • Medical Wastes
  • Sharps/Needles
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Tires


220 E. Deerpath, Lake Forest, IL 60045
(847) 234-2600
Non-Emergency Police:  (847) 234-2601

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