Lake Zurich Residential Refuse, Recycling and Yard-Waste Collection Program
LRS provides Lake Zurich residents with services for refuse (garbage), recycling and yard waste. LRS offers many other services for Lake Zurich residents including electronic waste drop off, organic food scrap compost service, 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.
West of Ela & Buesching and North of Old Rand Road and Rte 22
East of Ela & East of Buesching and South of Rte 22 & Old Rand Road
All garbage, recycling and yard waste will be collected between the times of 7AM and 7PM on your collection day. Service times are subject to change. Please reference the collection map for service day.
Lake Zurich residents may select between three program options for refuse collection. Program options include a limited program, senior limited program and an unlimited program. All options come with a default 95g recycling cart. For more information on the program(s) offered, please read below.
This service option is for all residents included within the village limits. One (1) 35-gallon waste cart or one (1) 65-gallon waste cart will be provided for weekly collection services. Collection is limited to the LRS bin, anything outside the container will be left. Extra trash will require 1 sticker per bag. Any bulky items will require 3 stickers. For a small rental fee, additional bins are available upon request.
Senior Limited Program
This option can be utilized by residents who create a low volume of residential waste and are 65 years of age and older. Residents who elect to enroll in this program must provide proof of age to LRS. One (1) 35-gallon waste cart or one (1) 65-gallon waste cart will be provided for weekly collection services. Anything outside the container will be left behind unless properly prepared. Extra trash will require 1 sticker per bag. Any bulky items will require 3 stickers. For a small rental fee, additional bins are available upon request.
This service option is for all residents included within the city limits and is the default option to all new residents. One (1) 95-gallon waste cart will be provided for weekly collection services. This program option has unlimited collection. Extra trash outside the container will be taken at no charge with no stickers needed. One bulky item per week will be taken at no charge with no stickers needed. For a small rental fee, additional bins are available upon request.
Any requests for changes in services should be communicated to LRS customer service.
The Village of Lake Zurich Sticker is turquoise and used for non-LRS personal owned containers with garbage, garbage placed outside of the LRS carts, loose bags of garbage, bulk items and yard waste/organics. See each section to learn how many stickers are required for items placed out.
Sticker Rate = $3.21 each
Stickers may be purchased at:
• 1350 N Old Rand Rd Wauconda IL
• 70 E Main St Lake Zurich IL
Please note different service options require different amounts of stickers.
LRS provides one cart for recycling at no charge for each household. Carts are available in 35, 65 and 95-gallon. The standard cart given to each home will be the 95-gallon. Additional carts are available upon request to customer service. 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
- Each home will automatically receive a 95-gallon cart for recyclables
- 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 will not be accepted
- There is no limit to the amount of acceptable recyclable items that can be placed out for collection, provided they are properly prepared and contained
- LRS suggests using a cardboard box as a makeshift bin and placing all broken down materials in the ‘bin’ if needed
- Rental recycling bins are available upon request
Yard waste is collected seasonally beginning on April 1st through the second week in December on the same day as refuse and recyclables. LRS also allows for organic food scraps to be mixed into yard waste during the season as well.
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 is garden trimmings, branches and brush under two inches (2”) in diameter no exceeding 4’ in length, leaves, flowers, tree droppings (crabapples and pinecones), garden plants, vines, weeds and grass clippings and yard trimmings.
What are considered acceptable food scraps?
Bread, cereal, coffee grounds, dairy, eggshells, eggs, fruits, grain, pasta, shells, vegetables.
What are non-acceptable food scraps?
Bones, diapers, fats, glass, grease, liquids, meat, metal, oil, packaging, paper plates, pet waste, plastic, poultry, seafood, service ware, shells, and Styrofoam
Approved yard waste containers or bags
Residents can elect to use paper bags, brown craft bags or personal containers (35 gallons or smaller) with all options 50lbs or less in weight, per. Brush and Tree Trimmings Bundled brush is included. Must be bundled and tied with biodegradable twine or string (no metal) in distinct piles that are no longer than 4’ in length, 2’ in diameter and weighing no more than 50 lbs. with no individual branch being greater than 2” in diameter
Residents may place out up to 15 bags, bundles or piles per week. Anything exceeding 15 bags requires one sticker per bag, bundle or pile.
Fall Leaf Vacuuming
LRS will provide leaf vacuuming weekly service at curb for 8 weeks in the fall. Rake loose leaves to curb/street side. Any leaves in ditches or farther than 2’ from street and not at least 3’ from obstructions will not be collected.
Please contact customer service to inquire about dates for leaf vacuuming.
During the first two weeks of January, LRS 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 (that do not fit into your refuse cart) are collected loose, on your regular day of service. Please refer to the refuse program you are currently enrolled with to find out about how to properly prepare bulky items. Service varies based on the program. If an item exceeds 50lbs, residents may need to call LRS to schedule a special pickup. If a “bulk” item is considered hazardous, unacceptable for landfills or deemed unacceptable to take as garbage, the item(s) will not be taken.
Mattresses and box/bed springs are required to be in a plastic mattress cover and taped securely shut. Plastic mattress covers may be purchased at retail outlets such as Walmart, Lowes, Menards, Home Depot and storage unit facilities. Packaging wrap or trash bags cut up and taped around to cover a mattress or box spring are also acceptable options.
Please call LRS to see if such items can be scheduled for a special pickup.
Limited program: 3 stickers per bulky item
Senior Limited program: 3 stickers per bulky item
Unlimited program: 1 item taken at no charge on the service day. Any additional bulky items requested to be serviced on the same service day are required to be prepaid and prescheduled to LRS
Electronic Waste (E-Waste) items that are banned from the landfill (cannot go into the regular garbage).
LRS provides annual home collection of E-Waste for Lake Zurich households that have LRS waste and recycling collection. This service provides a more convenient and simple way to responsibly manage electronics that are banned from the landfill. There is no charge for this service, though there is a limit of 5 items and up to 1 TV or monitor. Please contact the village or check the village webpage for more information on dates for the next annual event.
Electronic Waste Drop-off
For residents looking to dispose of electronics outside of the annual curbside collection date, LRS offers a secure drop off year round for no charge for Lake Zurich 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 offers HHW collection from your home. This option is available for residents who reside in the Village of Lake Zurich and for household materials only with a limit of up to 5 gallons of materials. Prepayment and prescheduling are required for this service. In addition to curbside HHW service, LRS also 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
- 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 Service@LRSrecycles.com 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.
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.
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 Lakeshore can make your waste removal even easier, no matter the project.
- LRS bills quarterly in advance
- Invoices will be billed to the Property Owner
- Invoices will be mailed to the service address unless another address is provided
- E-mail billing and auto-pay options are available
- Residents will be able to create an online account once they have an open LRS invoice
- Instructions on how to enroll in auto pay and create and online account can be found below
- Mail payments to:
PO BOX 554884
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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 Service@LRSrecycles.com.
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 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.