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​Jan. 1 Brings Recycling Changes to Lake County Unincorporated Neighborhoods

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If you don’t currently have recycling as part of your trash service, a new law now requires your hauler to provide recycling, along with your trash service.  In an effort to increase recycling and extend the life of our landfills, the Lake County Board approved modifications to the Solid Waste and Recycling Ordinance effective January 1, 2014 making it mandatory for haulers in the unincorporated area to provide recycling containers. 

Who does this impact?
Unincorporated single-family residences that do not currently have recycling as part of their trash service will now begin receiving recycling service along with their trash service as of January 1, 2014.

How much will this cost?
If you already have recycling as part of your trash service, you should not see an increase.  If you do not currently have recycling as part of your service, it’s estimated that the cost may be an additional $4.50 to $6 per month, depending on your hauler.  (Remember, you may be billed in advance for your service, so you may see the increase this fall).

  • Ask your hauler for a larger recycling container and/or about a volume based pricing option. You could be eligible for a discount!
  • Homeowner associations and townships have the opportunity to form a franchise among a group of residents that could end up saving them money.  Contact SWALCO at 847.336.9340 for information on forming a franchise.

What do I need to do?
Make recycling a daily habit by changing your mind set to recycle first - trash last! Simply, place recyclable materials in your container. For a list of what can and cannot be recycled in Lake County, visit, or check out the recycling guidelines on the other side of this flier.

Questions about the ordinance or the 60% Recycling Task Force should be directed to the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) at 847.336.9340.

Questions about your service should be directed to your service provider:

Lakeshore Recycling Systems
6132 W. Oakton St.
Morton Grove, IL 60053
Advanced Disposal - Northbrook
2800 Shermer Rd
Northbrook, IL 60062
Prairieland Disposal, Inc.
21N988 Pepper Rd
Lake Barrington, IL 60010
Advanced Disposal - Waukegan
2230 Ernie Krueger Cir
Waukegan, IL 60087
Lakes Disposal Services
31006 N. Route 83
Grayslake, IL  60030
Groot Industries - North
40 Porter Dr.
Round Lake Park, IL 60073
Waste Management
Republic Services
2101 South Busse Road
Mount Prospect, IL 60056

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