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General FAQs

Is the District part of Waste Management, which collects my garbage?

No. Waste Management is a separate, private company which is not affiliated with the Lake County Solid Waste Management District, which is a governmental entity. Waste Management’s telephone number is (800) 796-9696.

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Can the LCSWMD come to my house to pick up (1) my large screen TV; (2) my paint; (3) other items?

No. The District at this time provides specific locations throughout the county for citizens to bring various recyclable items. Those locations and specific items can be found on the District’s website under the “I Want To Find a Recycling Location” or the “District Services” drop down icon on the District website’s home page.

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Can I bring recyclable items from my business to the District’s facilities/locations?

No. At this time, the District’s programs are currently dedicated to serving the individual citizen's needs. Businesses will need to contact private companies which provide those services.

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I just remodeled my house. Do the District recycling programs or recycling centers accept aluminum or vinyl siding, drywall, or other construction or demolition materials?

No. Depending on the material, some companies do pay for receipt of material. The private companies which provide those services can be found on the District’s website under the “District Services, Miscellaneous Materials” drop down menu.

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I am a teacher. How do I schedule an education program for my class?

Those education programs and registration procedures and forms can be found on the District’s website under the “Education” drop down menu. 

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Where can I dispose of unwanted or expired medications?

You can take unwanted or expired medications to local police departments. 

You can follow the link below for addresses in Lake County. 

https://www.lcswmd.com/services/unwanted-or-expired-medication-drop-off-locations/

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Other FAQs

Where can I take my used diabetic syringes for disposal?

Sharps can be brought to our Household Hazardous Waste Collections. 

Information regarding our collections, including a full schedule, can be found here: 

https://www.lcswmd.com/services/what-can-i-do-with-my-household-hazardous-waste-products/

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How can I dispose of an old car battery?

Auto Zone and O'Reilly Auto Parts stores will take your car batteries for free.  O'Reilly's website states that they will give you a $10 O'Reilly's gift card for any unbroken automotive battery.  Both of these locations will also take old motor oil. 

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Where can I dispose of old gasoline?

Gasoline must be brought to our Household Hazardous Waste Collections.  Please visit the link for more information.

https://www.lcswmd.com/services/what-can-i-do-with-my-household-hazardous-waste-products/

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I have several old cans of paint - 1/2 full or less (possibly some more than 1/2 full). However, it is not paint that can be reused due to its age. How do I dispose of it?

Old paint can be dried out with non-clumping kitty litter.  Once it is completely hardened, leave the lid off and you can put it in the trash. 

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Can I bring small empty propane bottle and household size fire extinguisher?

Propane tanks need to be taken to AmeriGas in Lansing or Valparaiso.  Small, household size fire extinguishers may be brought to the Household Hazard Waste Collections. 

https://www.lcswmd.com/services/miscellaneous-materials/

 

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Meat bought at store is on styrofoam with plastic wrap, what is recyclable? How can I determine what food packaging is recyclable? Are clothes with rips or worn out shoes recyclable?

Styrofoam is not recyclable in our area. 

We have several resources for shoes on our Miscellaneous Materials page of our website. 
 
USAgain has drop boxes for clothing

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How can I find out when free shredding events are scheduled and where?

We are working on securing a time and location for a Shred Event in the fall of 2018.  Please continue to check our website for updates.  We will post a banner at the top of our homepage when we have the final details. 

In addition, First Merchant's Bank has shred events occasionally. 

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