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Compost & Recycling Center



The City's Compost/Recycling Center will re-open for business on Saturday, May 30, 2020 and regular summer hours will be in effect: 

Saturdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Compost At Home

If you are interested in composting at home the City of Lake Forest has Earth Machines available to purchase for $55.  To place your order, call 847.810.3542 and the City will deliver it to your home and send you an invoice. Click here for a flyer containing more information.

Rules & Regulations

  • To download a copy of the Compost Center Guidelines, click here.
  • No commercial contractor use of this facility is allowed.
  • Residents using the site must display a current Lake Forest vehicle sticker on their vehicle windshield. Driver's licenses will not be accepted as proof of residency.
  • Vehicles are to be operated in a safe and responsible manner while on City property.
  • All materials will be deposited in the appropriate designated areas.
  • All Lake Forest City employees, including the Lake Forest Police, are authorized to call a user's attention to the Rules and Regulations of the facility and request compliance.
  • Scavenging in the drop-off bins is prohibited. All materials deposited at the site become the property of The City of Lake Forest.

Textile and Shoe Recycling Program

By partnering with the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO), the City of Lake Forest has begun a Textile and Shoe Recycling Program.  Please reference for a list of acceptable and unacceptable items. Also, please note that pairs of shoes should be attached to each other with shoe laces or rubber bands.

Electronic Recycling Program

Lake Forest residents can efficiently recycle their electronics including: computers, printers, DVDs, VCRs, and televisions.

"Junk Bins" & Recycling Items

  • Residents are allowed one trip per day (no more than 2 cubic yards per day) unless prior approval from the Public Works Department has been obtained.
  • Vehicles larger than a standard pick-up truck or possessing a payload greater than two cubic yards are prohibited (two cubic yards = regular pickup truck bed load; two cubic yards = 3' x 3' x 6').
  • No garbage or other organic waste.
  • Click here for a list of acceptable items for "junk" bins and recycling items.

Yard Waste Rules and Regulations

  • All brush, leaves and grass must be placed into the designated yard waste area.
  • Brush material must be clean and free of foreign materials (i.e., metal, concrete, stones, plastics, etc.).
  • The discarding of plastic bags and plastic planting trays is prohibited in the yard waste area.
  • Tree trunks, branches, or stumps larger than 6" in diameter are prohibited.
  • Removal of processed compost material is limited to four 32-gallon containers (or the equivalent) per day.

Hazardous Waste

Hazard Waste including oil based paint and appliances that contain CFC's are not allowed at the Compost Center. Residents can arrange to have appliances that contain CFC's collected on a regular garbage day for a $90 disposal fee. Residents can also contact the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) at to arrange for disposal of hazard items. 

Compost Center

1381 W. Kennedy Road
Lake Forest, IL
Phone: 847-810-3561

Dan Martin

Summer Hours:
(Mar. 15 - Nov. 30)

Closed Mon. - Fri.
Sat., 8:00am - 5:00pm
Sun., 9:00am - 5:00pm

Winter Hours:
(Dec. 1 - Mar. 14)

Closed Sun. - Fri.
Sat., 8:00am - 3:00pm

Observed Holidays:
New Years Day
Memorial Day
July 4th
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day


220 E. Deerpath, Lake Forest, IL 60045
(847) 234-2600
Non-Emergency Police:  (847) 234-2601

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