Lake Forest - Community Programs

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City of Lake Forest
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If so, let's explore the local waste & recycling programs in your neighborhood. If not, click here to return to the Your Community Programs main menu.
  1. Your Waste Hauler Is...
Special Note: If a holiday falls on OR before your regularly scheduled pick up day, services will be delayed one day for the remainder of the holiday week unless otherwise notified directly by your waste hauler.

This is the current holiday schedule:

  • New Year's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

Don't forget to check your Dialogue newsletter for special events and information!

SWALCO hosts a variety of programs in your community


  1. Clothing & Textile Collection Program
Lake Forest Compost & Recycling Center
1381 W. Kennedy Road
Lake Forest, IL. 60045
Summer Hours (Mar. 15 to Nov. 30):
Saturday 8 am to 5 pm
Sunday 9 am to 5 pm
Winter Hours (Dec. 1 to Mar. 14)
Saturday 8 am to 3 pm

Closed on Holidays.

For Lake Forest Residents Only.

Click here for more information about this program.
  1. Shoe Reuse Program (Reuse-A-Shoe)
Lake Forest Compost & Recycling Center
1381 W. Kennedy Road
Lake Forest, IL. 60045
Summer Hours (Mar. 15 to Nov. 30):
Saturday 8 am to 5 pm
Sunday 9 am to 5 pm
Winter Hours (Dec. 1 to Mar. 14)
Saturday 8 am to 3 pm

Closed on Holidays.

For Lake Forest Residents Only.

Click here for more information about this program.

  1. Residential Electronics Recycling
Lake Forest Compost &
Recycling Center

1381 W. Kennedy Road
Lake Forest, IL. 60045
Summer Hours (Mar. 15 to Nov. 30):
Saturday 8 am to 5 pm
Sunday 9 am to 5 pm
Winter Hours (Dec. 1 to Mar. 14)
Saturday 8 am to 3 pm

Closed on Holidays

For Lake Forest Residents Only.

SWALCO also offers (4) FREE drop off locations in Lake County.

Click here for more information about this program and the locations.

Other programs in or around your community


  1. Pharmaceutical Collection Site
Lake Forest: Police Department (lobby)
255 W. Deerpath
Lake Forest, IL. 60045

*During regular business/operational hours

Click here for more information about this program.
  1. Food Scrap Drop Off Collection Site
Nearest Drop-Off Locations are:

Grayslake Recycling Center
585 Berry Avenue
Grayslake, IL.
M-F 7 am to 3:30 pm
Saturday 8 am - 12 pm
Closed on Holidays.

Prairieland Disposal & Recycling Center
21988 N. Pepper Road
Lake Barrington, IL.
M-F 8 am to 3 pm
Saturday 8 am to 12 pm
Closed on Holidays

Click here for more information about this program.
  1. Municipal Recycling Center
Lake Forest Compost & Recycling Center
1381 W. Kennedy Road
Lake Forest, IL. 60045
Summer Hours (Mar. 15 to Nov. 30):
Saturday 8 am to 5 pm
Sunday 9 am to 5 pm
Winter Hours (Dec. 1 to Mar. 14)
Saturday 8 am to 3 pm

Closed on Holidays.

For Lake Forest Residents Only.

Click here for more information about the center.
  1. Household Chemical Waste Disposal Options

Option 1: Year-Round Public Drop Off (Appointments are Required - CLICK HERE TO MAKE ONE)
The year-round program offers collections twice a month: the second Saturday of every month and the fourth Monday of every month (except December). These events are held at SWALCO's Gurnee facility, located at 1311 North Estes Street. Please use Route 41 to Delany Road (North) to Grove (East) to Estes.

Option 2: Mobile Collection Events (First Come, First Served)
Mobile collection events take place April - November at various locations throughout Lake County. Please check our website frequently for event updates. You can also Like Us on Facebook, check us out on Twitter, Linkedin and Tumblr. Plus you can sign up for the occasional newsletter. 

Option 3: Other Illinois Permanent HCW Facilities

Click here for more information about this program.

  1. Appliances/Scrap Yard
Your municipality provides pick up services for a nominal fee - Please call (847) 615-4264 to arrange a pick up.
(Items containing refrigerant are excluded from this service).

Please visit our "Where do I Recycle this?" directory, select your category from the drop-down menu and click "search".
This will bring up a list of vendors who can assist with recycling your item(s).
  1. Something More Specific?
Please visit our "ODDS & ENDS" page for information about Paints, Needle/Sharps Disposal, Plastic Bags, Batteries, Light Bulbs, Dehumidifiers, and several other popular items.