Waukegan Park District Partnering with the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County and the City of Waukegan to Host Community Recycling Event

Sep 26
Tuesday, September 26th 2023

Waukegan, Illinois (September 26, 2023) – The Waukegan Park District is partnering with the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) and the City of Waukegan to host a Community Recycling Event on Saturday, September 30, 2023 from 10am to 1pm at the Park Maintenance Facility, located at 2211 Ernie Krueger Circle. Confidential document shredding will also be available (four (4) box limit per vehicle).

Collected items will be reused, recycled, or donated to local non-profit organizations. The following items will be accepted, with some exceptions:

  • Accessories (backpacks, belts, duffle bags, hats, purses, and scarves)
  • Batteries (household batteries..no cellphone or rechargeable)
  • Bicycles
  • Books
  • Bulbs (including fluorescent)
  • Canned Food (sealed, not expired)
  • Clothes and Textiles
  • Diapers and Wipes (new)
  • Electronics
  • Eyeglasses, Hearing Aids, and Keys
  • Footwear (boots and shoes)
  • Linens (bedding, blankets, curtains, and towels)
  • Musical Instruments
  • Paint (latex and oil-based)
  • Plastic Film
  • Sports Equipment
  • Stuffed and Plush Animals

The Waukegan Park District is committed to being an environmental leader in the community through the use of sound environmental policies, procedures, and educational opportunities. The Waukegan Park District Board of Commissioners has adopted policies incorporating principles and best practices that focus on caring for the environment. 

The Community Recycling Event will be contact-free. Individuals must have all items and/or bags marked in the trunk of their vehicle where staff will collect the items. More information, including a list of accepted items, is available at waukeganparks.org/recycle.

About the Waukegan Park District

Established on December 26, 1916, the Waukegan Park District (WPD) has 53 properties and more than 742 acres of land, including the 18-hole Bonnie Brook and 9-hole Greenshire Golf Courses. Properties are managed to the highest environmental and conservation standards. Facilities operated by the WPD include the Field House Sports, Fitness and Aquatics Center, Waukegan’s Greg Petry SportsPark, Waukegan Skate Park, BMX Track, SplashZone, Percussion Playground, recreational centers, disc golf course, dog exercise area and agility course, outdoor sports fields, picnic areas, playgrounds, splash pads, and sports courts including basketball, tennis and pickleball. A full range of programs and services are offered year-round for all ages, from infants to seniors, as well as special need populations. Healthy lifestyles, wellness initiatives, and a connection with the outdoors and nature are integrated throughout programs, services, and special events. Arts and cultural activities are provided by the Jack Benny Center for the Arts, Waukegan Symphony Orchestra and Concert Chorus, and the Waukegan History Museum. We offer something for everyone!

A member of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD), Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA), and the Park District Risk Management Agency (PDRMA), the WPD employs 73 full-time and 219 part-time, seasonal, and temporary employees and is recognized by the IPRA as an Exceptional Workplace.

Nationally accredited by the NRPA Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and State accredited through the IAPD Distinguished Agency Accreditation, the WPD has received the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Triple Crown Award for receiving the GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, Popular Annual Financial Reporting Award, and the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award. The WPD was awarded the NRPA National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management in 2013, and was named a Gold Medal Finalist in 2012, 2013, 2019, 2021, 2022, and 2023.

Media Contact
Josue Pasillas, MPA
Communications Supervisor
Waukegan Park District
(847) 360-4789