Refuse & Recycling

**On October 1st, 2021 Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS) purchased GFL Environmental, previously Prairieland Disposal, Inc.. All service days, employees, call centers, equipment, website, etc. will stay the same. The original contract with the Village of Wauconda and Prairieland Disposal will also remain the same, guaranteeing services and pricing for the life of the contract. Residents may see red trucks in addition to the green Prairieland trucks.**

Weekly garbage service for single family residential areas is provided by the Village’s contracted waste hauler, Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS). Refuse and recyclables are collected on Thursdays and Fridays . 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 Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS) at 847-381-9300.

Prairieland Disposal One pass Trucks

important information & datesGeneral Service Guidelines
  • All waste materials should be placed at the curb by 7:00 AM the day of your service collection. 
  • Refuse and recycling should be placed by the driveway and toters should be spread 3 feet apart from each other and from other stationary objects (mailboxes, basketball hoops, vehicles, etc.) 
  • Cardboard must be broken down and placed in toter; do not jam into the container. 
  • Recyclables should be loose, not in plastic shopping bags. 
  • For special pick up of bulk items, contact Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS) at 847-381-9300. Additional disposal fee may apply. 
  • Residents may drop off the following items for free at the Lake Barrington facility at 21N988 Pepper Road: Shoes tied together, Christmas lights, wine corks, food scrap, electronic waste, batteries (see website for detail), and wrapped glass vases ten (10) inch max. 
Important Dates
  • Yard Waste is included with each plan at no additional cost! Residents are allowed up to fifteen (15) bags of Yard Waste per week, from April 1st through the second full week in December. 
  • Bundled brush and tree trimmings are included from April 1st through the second full week in December. Visit the Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS) website to see the guidelines. 
  • Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS) will conduct weekly Leaf Vacuuming service from October 12th through December 11th
  • Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS) will conduct the Christmas tree collection service the first two weeks following the Christmas holiday.  Visit the Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS) website to see the guidelines. 


SWALCOSWALCO (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 GuidelinesView our SWALCO Disposal Guide (PDF).