Refuse & Recycling

NOTICE: Starting September 1st, Prairieland Disposal will be the new waste hauler for the Village. For more information on their services, please visit or call them at 847-381-9300. 

Weekly garbage service for single family residential areas is provided by the Village’s contracted waste hauler, Waste Management. Refuse and recyclables are collected on Thursdays, however there is a small area of Liberty Lakes that collects on Tuesdays . Plastic refuse bags and durable metal or plastic cans with handles are acceptable containers for refuse. To sign up for refuse and recycling service, please contact Waste Management at 800-796-9696.


Waste Management Yard Waste Collection

Waste Management’s optional weekly Yard Waste Collection Program starts at the beginning of April and continues until the end of November. To sign up for this service, please contact Waste Management.


Residents that have limited yard waste may choose to pay on a per-bag or per-can basis. These cans and bags are picked up during regular waste pick-up, but must have a sticker attached to be collected. Stickers are available at Village Hall, Jewel and Ace Hardware in Wauconda, or may be ordered directly from Waste Management. Please ensure that the stickers on the bags or cans (painted with large red X’s) are visible to the street so drivers can readily identify them.

Please Note: Because refuse and yard waste are picked up on the same day, cans containing yard waste should be marked with large red X’s. This will help identify the landscape yard waste to the drivers so your pick-up is not inadvertently missed. Waste Management’s yard waste collection is not the same service as the village’s brush service program.

Contact Us

If you have questions concerning the yard waste collection program, please contact Waste Management directly at 800-796-9696.

At Your Door Service

Waste Management's At Your Door Special Collection service is focused on the collection of home generated special materials, formerly called “Household Hazardous Waste”. These materials include automotive products, home cleaners, garden chemicals, electronics, paint products and universal materials. Go to for more information.



SWALCO (Solid Waste Agency of Lake County) provides solid waste management programs to Lake County. These programs are aimed at reducing our reliance on landfills through source reduction, recycling and energy recovery.

In general, SWALCO programs help residents dispose of problem wastes, such as household chemical waste (HCW), electronic equipment, and yard waste. Recycling programs are targeted at both commercial and residential markets in order to divert as much solid waste as possible from reaching landfills.

SWALCO Electronics Recycling Drop Off Locations

For Disposal Guidelines

View our SWALCO Disposal Guide (PDF).