Tower Lakes

Tower Lakes Residential Refuse, Recycling and Yard-Waste Collection Program

LRS provides Tower Lakes residents with services for refuse (garbage), recycling and yard waste. LRS offers many other services for Tower Lakes residents including electronic waste drop offs, Christmas tree light disposal, organic food scrap compost service, shoe recycling, portable restrooms and large, open top construction style containers.  We are proud to be a partner in your community!


For more information on the required scheduling collection for specific items or material types, please click on one of the tabs below.

Thursday is the service day in Tower Lakes. All garbage, recycling and yard waste will be collected between the times of 6AM and 6PM on your collection day. Service times are subject to change.


Garbage collection is unlimited. Residents may use a non-LRS cart or container for waste or recycling materials that do not fit into the LRS issued cart so long as it does not exceed 35 gallons, 50 lbs. and has two handles. You are to use the LRS issued cart first. Loose bags can be placed out however they must not exceed 30 gallons and 50lbs per bag.


Please note: garbage mixed with yard waste, leaves or organic material will not be collected, as this material is not permitted in State of Illinois Landfills.


LRS provides carts in three different sizes to residents. If you would like to inquire about changing cart sizes, please email or call 847.381.9300 and any of our service representatives would be happy to assist (fees may apply).  


Residents may request an additional garbage cart for $5.00 per month. Please contact LRS to do so.

LRS provides one cart for recycling at no charge for each household. Carts are available in the 95-gallon size for recycling. Additional carts are available upon request. Contact LRS Customer Service for more information or with questions on recycling.


  • Recyclables are collected on the same day of the week as the garbage and yard waste
  • You are to use the LRS issued cart first for recycled materials
  • Please MARK the additional box or container used as RECYCLE so the driver can clearly see it
  • Plastic bags with recycling material cannot be accepted
  • There is no limit to the amount of acceptable recycled items that can be placed out for collection
  • LRS suggests using a cardboard box as a makeshift bin and placing all broken down materials inside

All residents in the Village of Tower Lakes are able to participate in the seasonal yard waste program. Village of Tower Lakes residents may choose between two options to dispose of yard waste. The subscription program being one of them. You can also elect to use Village of Tower Lakes Yard Waste sticker on an approved personal container or yard waste bundle. Please read below for more information on accepted materials and the different programs offered.


Yard Waste Season

Yard waste collection takes place on a seasonal basis, starting April 1st, and ending on November 30th each season.


What is considered yard waste?

Yard waste, also known as landscape waste, consists of organic waste materials accumulated as the result of cultivation and maintenance of gardens, lawns, shrubbery, trees and vines.


Yard Waste Subscription Program

Yard waste subscription customers may place out to 15 bags of yard waste per week or one personal can with no stickers needed.  Anything above the 15 bags or outside the personal container will require 1 sticker.

Yard waste subscription annual rate

  • 95-gallon cart = $133.63 per season


Yard Waste Sticker Program

The Village of Tower Lakes Yard Waste Sticker is used for Yard waste containers, biodegradable landscape (yard waste) bag, or tied and secured bundles of brush. Each bag, container or pile requires one sticker if not enrolled on the subscription program.


Tower Lakes Yard Waste Sticker

Refuse Sticker Rate: $3.10 each

Stickers may be purchased at:

LRS- 1350 N. Old Rand Road



  • Metal/plastic containers MARKED YW or YARD WASTE with 2 handles not exceeding 50 LBS/ 32 gallons
  • Biodegradable paper landscape & yard waste bags, not to exceed 50 LBS or 35-gallon capacity
  • LRS carts may be used for yard waste with subscription services


Christmas Trees

During the first two weeks of January, we will begin to gladly collect your non-artificial Christmas trees as organic material – free of any tinsel, ornaments or lights.  Trees can be left loose (never in bags) in the area where you have regular service for trash and recycling.  Due to snow and ice, trees may not always be picked up on your service day as our drivers and trucks will be in the village all month for pickups.

“Bulk Items” are items that are too large to fit into a cart or can. LRS will collect one bulk item per week at no charge. If a bulk item is deemed hazardous, unacceptable for landfills or weighs more than 50lbs, that item will not be taken. Please schedule a special pickup with LRS for these types of items. Any additional bulk items requested to be serviced on the same day, must be prescheduled and prepaid to LRS at $35.00 per item.


Examples of a bulk or large item exceeding the capacity of the LRS refuse (garbage) includes the following; bed frame, box spring (bed), bicycle, chair, love seat/sofa, one part of sectional couch, mattress, frame or wall picture, or a toy. These are only some examples as there are many items that may be considered a bulk item.


For health and safety reasons, mattresses are requested to be wrapped in plastic to be collected. Plastic mattress wrap can be found at local grocery stores, hardware stores, storage and moving outlets. If using loose plastic, it must be completely taped and secured on all corners with no exposure to the mattress.


Bulk items requiring special equipment and additional labor, such as a piano, sofa sleeper (couch with pull out bed) and large entertainment center, and construction debris are considered a Special Refuse Collection.


Call LRS if you are not sure if an item requires additional labor or equipment at 847.381.9300 or send a request with a photo of the item(s) by e-mail to

LRS Customers and Tower Lakes residents have the option of utilizing LRS free drop-off for the materials below:


Accepted materials:

  • Shoes
  • Electronics (limited to 1 tv or monitor drop-off per year per household)
  • Food Scraps


Drop off location: 1350 N Old Rand Rd. Wauconda, IL 60084


Hours:  Mon thru Thurs 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Saturday & Sunday closed


*For medical waste: Call SWALCO at 847-336-9340 for more info.

Electronic Waste (E-Waste) items that are banned from the landfill (cannot go into the regular garbage).


Electronic Waste Drop-off

For residents looking to dispose of electronics LRS offers a secure drop off year round for no charge for Tower Lake residents.


Drop off location: 1350 N Old Rand Rd. Wauconda, IL 60084


Hours:  Mon thru Thurs 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Saturday & Sunday closed


Examples of E-Waste  


Computers | Computer Monitors | Televisions | Printers | Keyboards | Fax Machines | VCR’S | Portable Digital Music Players | DVD Player | Video Game Consoles | Computer Mouse | Scanners | Digital Converter Boxes | Cable Receivers | Satellite Receivers | DVD Recorders | Small-Scale Servers

According to the EPA, Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) are products that can catch fire, react, or explode under certain circumstances. All HHW items are banned from the landfill.  LRS encourages residents to use drop off locations provided by Swalco.


Household Chemical Waste (HCW) | Lake County SWALCO, IL


Examples of HHW:  

  • Oil Based Paints, Flammable Oils
    • Oil, Lead, Urethane, Chromium Based Paints, Shellac, Water or Driveway Sealer, Oil-Based Stain, Varnish  
  • Pesticides / Herbicides / Fertilizers 
    • Poison, Lawn Chemicals, Weed Killer  
  • Aerosols 
    • Spray-Paint, Hairspray, WD-40, Air Fresheners, Spray Adhesives, Oven Cleaner, Insecticide Bug Spray  
  • Automotive Chemicals / Fluids
    • Antifreeze, Brake or Transmission Fluid, Gasoline, Diesel, Motor Oil  
  • Household Cleaners (Acidic/Caustic)
    • Bleach, Ammonia, Muriatic Acids, Pool Cleaners, Drain Cleaners, Solvents, Paint Stripper or Thinner 
  • Bulbs / Batteries 
    • Fluorescent bulbs, CFL, NiCad, Lithium, Lead Acid, – Automotive, Marine and Sump Pump Batteries

“White Goods” are appliances that contain CFC, HCFC, PCBs, mercury switches or other hazardous components (refrigerators, air conditioners, humidifiers etc). These items will be taken but will need to be free of the above referenced material and required to be prescheduled and prepaid to LRS customer service.


Examples of White Goods or Appliances

Air Conditioner | Clothes Dryer | Cook Top & Cooking Plate | Cooker or Bakers Oven | Dishwasher | Drying Cabinet | Freezer | Kitchen Stove or Oven Range | Microwave Oven | Refrigerator or Refrigeration Equipment | Washing Machine | Water Heater

Contact LRS at 847.381.9300 or send an e-mail with a photo of the item(s) to for items you are unsure of. Items requiring additional labor and/or equipment to manage are considered a Special Refuse Collection. Examples of Special Refuse Collection items include a sleeper sofa, construction debris item(s), TV console and entertainment center. LRS will provide a cost estimate if we are able to provide the service. LRS does not guarantee collection of every item.

DIY Construction

Home remodeling waste includes, but is not limited to drywall, plywood, paneling, lumber, doors, windows, cabinets, porcelain fixtures, sod, fencing, concrete, or rocks will require special pickups. Residents will need to schedule service for these items and call to receive instructions on how to best prepare them for collection. Estimates will be provided, and items will be charged by the yard.


Dumpster Services

LRS has expanded our temporary services division to create an easier customer experience. These temporary services include portable restroom rental and dumpster roll-offs of all sizes to contain your construction debris.

Contact us today to discover all the ways LRS can make your waste removal even easier, no matter the project.

All billing and invoicing is done through the HOA. Please contact them for any inquires.

New Years Day                                 Independence Day                                          Christmas Day


Memorial Day                                   Thanksgiving Day                                             Labor Day


Holiday service will be provided one day later than regular collection if the holiday falls Sunday through Friday. If the holiday falls on a Saturday, service will not be affected.

For more information, questions and to arrange for services, please call LRS Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. at 847.381.9300 or email


Improperly prepared materials placed for collection will not be collected.


How do I clean my cart?

Fill the cart with hot water and a capful of vinegar or grease-cutting dish soap. Let it sit for about 10 minutes and rinse. Once the cart has been thoroughly rinsed, set the cart out with the lid open in the sun to dry.


What if I need my cart replaced?

Carts that are broken due to damage incurred during the collection are reported by the driver for replacement at no charge. Residents are encouraged to contact LRS if they notice damage to the cart during the collection process to request a replacement cart.


If damage occurs to the cart due to other reasons, please contact LRS to request a replacement cart.


Is this considered garbage?

Latex paint

Latex paint is considered regular garbage, but it must be completely dried, with the lid off so the driver is able to see inside the can. Dry latex paint by leaving lid off or open and/or mix kitty litter until the paint is completely absorbed. Do not place out for collection until the paint is completely dry.


Alkaline batteries

Alkaline batteries are considered regular garbage and should be thrown into the garbage. It is always recommended that tape be used on each end of the battery and placed into a plastic sandwich bag when disposing of them.


How do I report a missed pickup?

If your waste, recycling, or landscape waste is not collected on the service day by 6 pm, please contact LRS by calling 847.381.9300 or e-mailing


Please include your address and what service was missed.


You can also reach out by submitting a support request in the top right-hand section of this webpage.