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

Lake Zurich

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.

Collection Schedule


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.

Limited Program
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.

Unlimited Program
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

LRS Recycling Guidelines

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.

Christmas Trees

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 

All HHW items are banned from the landfill. LRS encourages residents to use the drop off locations provided by SWALCO. Please see the link below.


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

“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.