Recycling helps extend the life of our landfill.
Lake County’s landfills are reaching capacity, but much of the waste entering the landfill is recyclable—and it can be used for new products. If we do not increase our recycling rate and divert recyclable materials away from our landfills, we may be out of capacity by around 2024.
Recycling saves valuable natural resources.
Recycled materials use less energy and water, and create less pollution.
Lake County residents have access to single-stream recycling, which means no sorting of recyclables is necessary. Everything can be placed in the same container with no guessing games. For a list of what can and cannot be recycled in Lake County, visit RecycleFirstTrashLast, or check out these recycling guidelines. There are 241,000 households in Lake County that can participate in curbside recycling. If each household does their part, those numbers can add up fast!
In some areas, it’s the law.
The Lake County Board recently approved changes to the Solid Waste and Recycling Ordinance requiring haulers (in the unincorporated area) to provide customers with containers for collecting recyclable materials. Learn more at the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO). If you reside in a municipality, check their recycling regulations.