Refuse and Recycling

Contract Information (posted December 2, 2005): View Brochure

Refuse and Recycling

Weekly garbage service for single family residential areas is provided by the Village’s contracted waste hauler, Waste Management. Refuse and recyclables are collected every Thursday. Plastic refuse bags and durable metal or plastic cans with handles are acceptable containers for refuse. To sign up for refuse and recycling service, please contact Waste Management at 1-800-796-9696

Waste Management Yard Waste Collection

Waste Management’s optional weekly Yard Waste Collection Program starts at the beginning of April and continues until the end of November. To sign up for this service, please contact Waste Management.

Residents that have limited yard waste may choose to pay on a per-bag or per-can basis. These cans and bags are picked up during regular waste pick up – but must have a sticker attached to be collected. Stickers are available at Village Hall and Ace Hardware in Wauconda, or may be ordered directly from Waste Management. Please ensure that the stickers on the bags or cans (painted with large red X’s) are visible to the street so drivers can readily identify them.

Please Note:  Because refuse and yard waste are picked up on the same day, cans containing yard waste should be marked with large red X’s. This will help identify the landscape yard waste to the drivers so your pickup is not inadvertently missed. WASTE MANAGEMENT’S YARD WASTE COLLECTION IS NOT THE SAME SERVICE AS THE VILLAGE’S BRUSH SERVICE PROGRAM.

If you have questions concerning the yard waste collection program, please contact Waste Management directly at 1-800-796-9696.

Electronics Recycling Program

Electronic Products Recycling & Reuse Act: Landfill Ban Takes Effect January 1, 2012

Illinois legislation banning the disposal of certain electronics in Illinois landfills took effect in 2012.  Many electronic products contain heavy metals and other materials that pose environmental and health risks that must be managed. Banned items include, but are not limited to televisions, monitors, printers, computers (including tablet computers), electronic keyboards, facsimile machines, videocassette recorders, portable digital music players, digital video disc players, video game consoles, small scale servers, scanners, electronic mice, digital converter boxes, cable receivers, satellite receivers, and digital video disc recorders. Because of this ban, if you put these items at the curb or in your waste can on or after January 1, 2012, your local waste hauler will not collect them.

The Village of Wauconda, in cooperation with the Wauconda Township, is proud to offer an alternative  through its Residential Electronics Recycling Program.  This program allows unwanted household electronics to be recycled and out of landfills.  Acceptable items include computers (central processing units, monitors, keyboards and other computer peripherals), televisions, home office equipment (fax machines and printers, etc.) and other appliances and consumer electronics (vacuum cleaners, radios, stereos, etc.).  Please note that ‘white goods’ such as stoves, refrigerators, dehumidifiers and air conditioners are not part of this program. Participating individuals must reside in Lake County, and the program can not accept materials from business or industry.

Our Residential Electronics Recycling Collection Program offers both weekday and weekend drop off times, to allow more opportunity for resident participation. CLICK HERE for a complete list of acceptable items.
Part 1 – Weekdays
Weekday Residential Electronics Recycling Collections is held Monday through Friday at the Wauconda Public Works Facility, 302 Slocum Lake Road in Wauconda. Operating hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Residents must bring the items to the Public Works Facility and register with the clerk.

Part 1 – Saturdays
Residential Electronics Recycling Collections will be conducted on the first Saturday of each month at the Wauconda Township Facility at 505 W. Bonner Road from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Household Chemical Waste Disposal

SWALCO (Solid Waste Agency of Lake County) provides solid waste management programs to Lake County. These programs are aimed at reducing our reliance on landfills through source reduction, recycling and energy recovery.

In general, SWALCO programs help residents dispose of problem wastes, such as household chemical waste (HCW), electronic equipment, and yard waste. Recycling programs are targeted at both commercial and residential markets in order to divert as much solid waste as possible from reaching landfills.

For Disposal Guidelines:

SWALCO Disposal Guide

Disposal of Medications and Personal Care Products