The City of Highland Park along with SWALCO
(Solid Waste Agency of Lake County) promotes recycling as one of various ways to improve the environment. Residents have the opportunity to recycle all the normal sing-stream items such as:
All clean and empty aluminum cans, foil and foil pans; steel and tin cans; spray cans and paint cans; kitchen pots, pans, and trays; utensils.
Scrap paper; mail; envelopes; including window; copy paper; office paper; shredded paper; cards; cardboard boxes; cereal & frozen food boxes; newspaper; ads; inserts; catalogs; magazines; phone books; hardcover and soft cover books; paper egg cartons; paper cups; milk; juice and other paper beverage cartons; paper tubes; wrapping paper.
Clean and empty glass bottles and jars, all colors.
All clean and empty plastic household containers, bottles of any size; jugs; tubs; cups; clamshell style containers; reusable food containers; laundry baskets; hangers; buckets; storage totes; kitty litter tubs; plant pots; non motorized toys; small non-inflatable pools.
Accepted Recyclables (Paper, Glass, Metal, Plastic, etc.)
The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County provides a list of items that are accepted in your curbside recycling container.
Composting - Recycle Organics
Composting at home presents several opportunities including waste reduction and a cost savings. Food scraps and yard waste make up 20% - 30% of what we throw away, and should be composted instead. The United States Environmental Protection Agency provides a guide to composting at home.
Drop-off Recycling Center (Small electronics, foam, batteries, and CFL light bulbs)
Residents can recycle electronics, Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs, batteries, as well as Styrofoam on Tuesdays from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and the first Saturday of the month from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 1180 Half Day Road. Residents can recycle clothing and textiles at any time at the same location.
For Highland Park residents, Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS)
will allow one electronic waste item to placed curbside on the customer's first pickup of each month.
Electronic products are made from valuable resources and materials, including metals, plastics, and glass, all of which require energy to mine and manufacture. Donating or recycling consumer electronics conserve our natural resources and avoids air and water pollution, as well as greenhouse gas emissions that are caused by manufacturing virgin materials.
Prescription Drug Take Back Program
Please dispose of unused and potentially harmful prescription drugs in the proper way and bring them to one of the collection sites in Highland Park. The goal of this program is to keep prescription drugs out of our water supply and out of the hands of children.
Recycle First, Trash Last
The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County has established several valuable resources and guidelines for recycling. For more information on how to properly recycle or dispose of items, please contact SWALCO at (847) 336-9340
Residential Guide for Waste and Recycling
Lakeshore Recycling Systems is the City of Highland Park's current residential refuse hauler.
Learn more about their services here