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Compost & Recycling Center


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.

"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.

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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