Refuse

Refuse Collection FrequencyRefuse is collected twice weekly, on either a Monday and Thursday or a Tuesday and Friday schedule depending upon the area in which you reside. Please call 847-615-4264 to inquire as to your collection days.

Refuse ContainersAll refuse must be bagged and deposited into covered, lightweight containers not to exceed 32-gallon capacity. Each resident is allowed a maximum of four such containers to be collected on a single refuse collection day.

Collection LocationsRefuse containers are required to be out by 7:00 a.m. on the day of your collection. Refuse containers are to be placed in front of the garage. Sanitation personnel are not permitted to enter homes, garages, porches or any enclosed structure to empty containers.

Special CollectionsA special curbside refuse pickup may be scheduled to handle large, bulky items such as furniture and other assorted items. Appliances are not included as part of a special pickup.  There is a minimum fee of $40.00 for this service, which includes the first two cubic yards. Each additional two cubic yards is $40.00. Collections must be scheduled at least one business day in advance of the normal refuse collection day. Special collection refuse material must be placed curbside and out by 7:00 a.m. on the scheduled collection day. Please call 847-615-4264 to arrange for a special collection.

Excess household items can also be dropped off at the City's Recycling and Compost Center, which is available for Lake Forest residents only, located at 1381 Kennedy Road (Rt. 60 west of Waukegan Road on the south side of the street).  Residents are allowed one trip per day (no more than 2 cubic yards per day).

Move-In Collections for New ResidentsNew residents or residents moving within the community are allowed up to three curbside pickups for boxes and packing material. Collections must be scheduled at least one business day in advance of the normal refuse collection day. Boxes and additional packing material must be placed curbside and out by 7:00 a.m. on the scheduled collection day. Please call 847-615-4264 to arrange for a special collection.

Move-Out CollectionsOne free move-out curbside pickup of reasonable volume is provided for a resident moving out or within the community. Collections must be scheduled at least one business day in advance of the normal refuse collection day. Move-out items must be placed curbside and out by 7:00 a.m. on the scheduled collection day. Please call 847-615-4264 to arrange for a special collection.
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