The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County, IL (SWALCO) will begin their Household Chemical Waste (HCW) collection program in March to help residents dispose of their chemical wastes safely and conveniently. Old prescription medications, as well as unused over-the-counter medications, are accepted at Deerfield Police Department.

Scientists have recently discovered everything from painkillers to anti-depressants to antibiotics in our water supply. These drugs can harm the wildlife that rely on our rivers and lakes, as well as kill the beneficial bacteria in our septic systems. Therefore, please do NOT flush away old and unused medications in your sink or toilet.

There will be collections in other parts of the county throughout the year. Residents can call the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County at 847-336-9340 or go to SWALCO’s website for further information about the HCW collection events.

SWALCO facilitates Compost Bin sales

The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) is making compost bins available to county residents through a variety of sales dates and locations this year.

Composting at home requires a mix of materials high in nitrogen (such as grass clippings and leaves) and materials high in carbon (such as vegetable and fruit peelings). Each composter comes with an educational booklet that describes the process of getting started and producing high-quality compost.

For more information check out the SWALCO composting website or contact the SWALCO office at 847-336-9340.


The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County, IL (SWALCO) is pleased to announce the opening of its first satellite center for the collection of HOUSEHOLD CHEMICAL WASTE.

Residents of the Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection District can now drop-off their household chemical waste at:

Fire Department, Station 51
115 Schelter Road
Lincolnshire, IL

The Household Chemical Waste Satellite Collection Program is sponsored by the Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection District, the Village of Lincolnshire, and SWALCO for residents of the District. Chemical waste materials can be dropped off, by appointment only, at the Fire Station.

Please contact the Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Department at 847-634-2512 to schedule your appointment or find out dates for upcoming collections.


  • Aerosol Products
  • Antifreeze
  • Drain Cleaners
  • Driveway Sealer
  • Fluorescent Light Bulbs/CFL’s
  • Fungicides and Herbicides
  • Garden and Lawn Chemicals
  • Gasoline and Kerosene
  • Hobby Chemicals
  • Household Cleaners
  • Household Batteries (lithium and rechargeable only)
  • Insecticides and Pesticides
  • Mercury (including thermometers and thermostats)
  • Metal Polishes
  • Motor Oil
  • Oil-Based Paints
  • Paint Removers, Varnishes and Thinners
  • Personal Care Products (Cosmetics, Skin Care Products, etc.)
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medications— People & Pet (No DEA-Controlled substances)
  • Solvents
  • Supplements and Vitamins


  • Agricultural Chemicals
  • Alkaline Batteries
  • Business or Institutional Wastes
  • Explosives or Ammunition
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Fireworks
  • Household Electronics
  • Latex Paint
  • Lead-Acid Batteries
  • Propane Tanks
  • Sharps or Needles
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Tires
  • Unknown items – waste must be in original containers or labeled accordingly
  • Containers larger than two gallons


Additional Info

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Notification System

The Village of Riverwoods utilizes Blackboard Connect service for emergency resident notification side-by-side with the Village non-emergency resident email database. As a resident or business you can opt-in to emergency messages, non-emergency messages or both.

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