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Recycling Electronics
The City of Highland Park has partnered with the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) to promote residential recycling of outdated, broken or unwanted household electronic equipment. The drop-off program is available to all Lake County residents and is open year-round on Tuesdays and the first Saturday of each month from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 1180 Half Day Road. 

*Please Note: This program was previously paid for by electronic manufacturers, however the state funding formula has not kept pace with the amount recycled, and does not cover the costs to continue the program. Donations have helped fund the program until the end of 2016. SWALCO will continue to evaluate options to keep the electronic recycling facilities in operation.

Fortunately for Highland Park residents, our agreement with Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS) allows one large electronic waste item to placed curbside on the customer's first pickup of each month at no additional charge. Items over 50 lbs. will incur additional fees. To ensure your electronic recycling items are collected, you must call LRS to schedule your pick-up.

The City of Highland Park has partnered with the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) to promote residential recycling of outdated, broken or unwanted household electronic equipment.  For additional information and to see a list of accepted items, please see the Recycling Brochure.

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Foam Recycling
The recycling center is also accepting foam #6 as outlined on the Foam Recycling flyer.  Please follow these guidelines:
  • Be sure your foam has the #6 symbol
  • When possible, please place foam in clear plastic bags.  
  • Foodservice containers MUST be clean and rinsed. 
  • No straws, lids plastic wrap or trash. 
  • No packaging peanuts will be accepted.  Please call 800-828-2214 or go to www.loosefillpackaging.com for drop-off sites.
  • No foam building insulation.


Clothing and Textile Recycling

New, gently used and worn clothing and textile donations are accepted at the recycling center. It is strongly encouraged that donated items include new or gently used materials to allow for the continued acceptance of worn and torn clothing and textile donations. Please note the following:

  • Pillows, cushions and rugs cannot be accepted.
  • Shoes should be recycled separately through the Reuse-A-Shoe (RAS) Program. SWALCO year-round RAS sites can be found here.  

Hours of Operation
The drop-off program is available to all Lake County residents and is open year-round on Tuesdays from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and on the first Saturday of each month from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 1180 Half Day Road. 

Benefits
Electronics foam, clothing and textile recycling are critical programs with many benefits to the environment. Recycled electronics means more free space in landfills and less pollution to ground soils and ground water from aging metals. Manufacturing with recycled materials significantly reduces pollution, carbon emissions and water and energy consumption.

Household Chemical Waste Drop-Off Collection Events
Residents can dispose of their household chemical waste (HCW) at SWALCO's facility in Gurnee, IL.  Drop-off collection events are year-round; the second Saturday of each month and the fourth Monday of each month.  Appointments are required.  More information can be found on the HCW Collection Event flyer.

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