Unincorporated Lake County Residential Waste & Recycling

Unincorporated Lake County Residential Waste, Recycle & Yard Waste Collection Program


LRS is honored to be the exclusive waste service provider for homes in the Southwest and Southeast townships of Unincorporated Lake County. LRS is an independent service provider headquartered in Rosemont, IL. On behalf of our local team, we are proud to provide services for your home every week!


2023-24 RATES: STANDARD $20.65 PER MONTH (regardless of trash and recycling cart sizes)

SENIOR (65 YEARS OF AGE AND OVER with signed form available through paper mail, email and as a download below) $18.58 PER MONTH (regardless of trash and recycling cart sizes)

Unincorporated Lake County Senior Enrollment Form

ADDITIONAL CART(S): Should you need an additional waste (or recycling) cart, LRS will provide one at a cost of $3.11 per month, per cart.

Unincorporated Lake County residents in MORAINE, WEST DEERFIELD, VERNON, CUBA, WAUCONDA & LIBERTYVILLE TOWNSHIP will be provided with one waste and one recycling cart at no cost. These carts will be serviced on a weekly basis, and residents will have the option to choose either a 95-gallon (standard size), 65-gallon or 35-gallon cart to use for both. Extra garbage bags that won’t fit into your cart should be placed next to your cart for curbside collection.

All carts should be placed at curbside no later than 7AM on your designated service day.


Bulk items are items that are too large to fit into your waste cart, and weigh less than 50lbs. Residents will be allowed to put out one bulk item per week curbside at no additional charge for removal. Beyond this, a sticker will need to be affixed to each item. Carpet rolls may be no longer than 4 feet and 18 inches in diameter and mattresses or box springs must be wrapped in plastic. If an item is too large or heavy, special collection arrangements may need to be made, and additional charges may apply.

Recycling Collection

LRS is one of the country’s leading providers of waste and recycling services. As is the case with your waste service, LRS will provide Unincorporated Lake County residents with one recycling cart at no cost. Sizes are 95-gallon, 65-gallon or 35-gallon. This cart will be serviced on a weekly basis on the same day as your waste service.

All carts should be placed at curbside no later than 7AM on your designated service day.

A list of acceptable and unacceptable items is included below, and will also be heat-stamped onto each recycling cart lid. Residents may place out as many recyclable items as they wish each week for collection. Though plastic bags are not accepted, residents may mix recyclables loose in the cart or place them in brown paper bags. Recyclable materials that won’t fit into your recycling cart may also be placed at the side of the cart. We do ask that larger or bulky boxes be broken down before collection.

Accepted Recyclables


Newspaper & inserts Magazines, catalogs & phone books Computer printouts Hanging file folders (remove metal and trash it) Glossy brochures Index cards Stationery Fax paper Envelopes Junk mail Cardboard boxes Brown paper grocery bags Office paper/notebooks Pastel sticky notes Greeting cards Manila Folders Chipboard/paperboard Paperback books

  • Recyclable items must be clean
  • NO used paper plates or pizza boxes, or fluorescent paper (they contaminate the paper stream with food, dye, or plastic coating) If pizza box top is clean you can tear it off and recycle it
  • NO paper towels, tissues, or napkins, which are not recyclable because the fibers are too small to reuse (please compost them with kitchen food scraps if possible)
  • NO shredded paper – Loose shredded paper causes major sorting problems in the recycling facilities
  • NO frozen food boxes, which are made of a hybrid of paper and plastic, and are not wanted by paper mills
  • NO paper cups, which are also made of a hybrid of paper and plastic rendering them unrecyclable

Plastic Containers

Plastic bottles, Plastic tubs and Plastic jugs

  • NO plastic bags or plastic film (plastic wraps, sandwich bags, freezer bags, tarps)
  • NO plastic utensils or plates (plastic wraps, sandwich bags, freezer bags, tarps, cups, lids or straws)
  • NO candy wrappers, cereal bags, potato chip bags or snack bags
  • NO empty motor oil, pesticide or chemical bottles
  • NO Styrofoam, polystyrene (do not put in curbside bin)

Aluminum Cans & Foil

Aluminum cans, Aluminum foil, Pie plates & trays


Milk, Soup, and Juice cartons & Boxes

Steel tin / cans

Food cans & lids, Metal paint cans & lids and Empty aerosol cans

  • NO utensils, propane tanks, wire hangers or small appliances

Glass Bottles & Jars

All colors are accepted

  • NO window or auto glass, bakeware, ceramics, mirrors, light bulbs, coffee pots or drinking glasses

Yard Waste and Food Scrap Collection

LRS will provide seasonal yard waste collection with either stickers or an annual subscription program, from the first full week in April through the second full week in December. Residents may use and place out their own 35-gallon or smaller cans with yard waste, or brown kraft bags. User-owned cans should be clearly marked as “YW,” and may not weigh more than 50lbs (this weight limit also applies to kraft paper bags). Bundles of twigs sticks and branches may not exceed 4 feet in length and 18 inches in diameter. For our sticker program, one sticker would be required on each can, bag or bundled pile and our subscription program allows for pickup of up to 6 bags, cans or piles per week for an annual flat rate.

As part of Lake County’s new contract with LRS, residents may place organic material and food waste with the yard waste they set out for collection. Nearly 20% of all food waste ends up in landfills, so we encourage participation. There is more information on which types of food and organic material is acceptable on the below downloadable flyer.

Your yard waste service day will be on the same day as your waste and recycling.

In accordance with the Lake County website , many of Lake County’s municipalities had already banned or restricted open burning to protect the health, safety and welfare of their residents. Regionally, Lake County had been the only county in the Chicago metro area without restrictions on burning yard waste throughout its unincorporated areas prior to the ordinance being passed in January 2022. Important aspects of Lake County’s open burning restrictions are:

  • Burning non-woody yard waste, such as leaves and grass, is prohibited.
  • Burning woody yard waste is allowed annually between Nov. 1 – March 31. Woody yard waste generally consists of sticks, branches and tree limbs.
  • Recreational wood-burning fires that are no larger than 3’ x 3’ x 3’ if used for warming, cooking, and other recreational purposes are permitted year-round.

LRS will provide a free collection of Christmas trees annually from January 2nd through the 25th. There will be a limit of one tree per home, and only live Christmas trees will be accepted curbside for collection. Trees must be organic, and free of any tinsel, garland or ornaments. Please do not place trees in plastic bags. We kindly ask for any trees over 6 feet in length to please be cut in half to ensure a safe pickup.

Some appliances require special handling as they may contain harmful chemicals or they need to be recycled at a special location. Upon request, LRS will provide a collection of these major appliances. Residents simply need to call 844-633-3577  to schedule and pay for a white good appliance collection.

  • Air Conditioner
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Cook Top and 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

HHW products and items are flammable, toxic, corrosive and reactive, and can pose a harmful threat to the environment, workers and equipment if not handled properly. Items like old paint, pesticides, poisons, cleaning agents, old gasoline and oil and others should not be placed out for regular waste collection. LRS strongly suggests reaching out to SWALCO (Solid Waste Agency of Lake County) for direction on these materials.

Billing and Invoice Options

  • LRS bills in advance on a quarterly basis every January, April, July and October.
  • Invoices will be sent to your SERVICE ADDRESS unless you provide LRS with a different mailing address.
  • Paperless Billing is available by registering online at:
  • Pay your bill or select Auto-Pay online
  • Mail Payment:
LRS PO BOX 554892 Detroit, MI 48255-4892 If you need assistance, please call or e-mail our customer experience department for assistance with paperless billing, paying your bill or registering for auto-pay at 844-633-3577  or

Available for purchase at the following locations or over the phone for a mail order (844-NEED-LRS) – $3.11 each and orange in color:

Ace Hardware – 155 Peterson Rd – Libertyville

Jewel – 150 W Main St – Barrington

LRS Service Garage – 1350 Old Rand Rd – Wauconda

Island Lake Residential Waste & Recycling

Island Lake Residential Refuse, Recycling and Yard-Waste Collection Program

LRS provides Island Lake residents with services for refuse (garbage), recycling and yard waste. LRS offers many other services for Island Lake residents including electronic waste events and drop offs, 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.

Monday is the service day in Island Lake. 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.

There are a few different programs in Island Lake for refuse services. The normal curbside program, senior rate program, backdoor trash program and townhome trash program. Please reach out to customer service to determine which program fits you best and with any inquiries regarding the programs.

LRS provides one cart for recycling at no charge for each household. Carts are available in 35, 65 and 95-gallon. 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

recycling info

All residents in the Village of Island Lake are able to participate in the seasonal yard waste program. Village of Island Lake residents may choose between two options to dispose of yard waste. Yard waste disposal differs depending on the trash level program you are on (single family, senior customers or townhome customers). The subscription program includes an LRS cart. You can also elect to use Village of Island Lake Yard Waste sticker on an approved personal container or yard waste bundle. Please read below for more information on accepted materials and on the program, you are on.

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 carts are available in 95-gallon cart size with subscription rates. All Island Lake customers are eligible to enroll in subscription yard waste services (regardless of your trash program).   Residents who use the LRS carts for yard waste and organics do not need to purchase stickers for the materials placed inside the carts. Yard waste placed outside of the LRS yard waste cart requires one sticker for each container/bag. Subscription yard waste is billed on a monthly basis.  You can enroll in the subscription program no matter what program you are on.  

 Yard waste subscription annual rate

  • 95-gallon cart = $5.00/mo


If not enrolled on the subscription program, all townhomes are allotted up to 15 bags/bundles of yard waste per week during the season. Each bag or bundle requires 1 sticker to ensure service. Please read below for more information on stickers.

Single family homes/Senior customers

If not enrolled on the subscription program, single family homes on the regular curbside program and senior customers may place 15 bags of yard waste per week with no sticker needed on the first 15 bags. Anything outside the initial 15 bags requires 1 sticker to dispose.

Yard Waste Sticker

The Village of Island Lake 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 (please read above for information on your specific sticker requirements).

Island Lake Yard Waste Sticker

Refuse Sticker Rate: $3.32 each

Stickers may be purchased at: 1350 N OLD RAND RD WAUCONDA IL 60084


  • 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 32-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 must 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

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 Island Lake 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 Island 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 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

Detroit, MI  48255-4884

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.