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Food Scraps Composting

Food scraps collection is a waste service that is currently gaining prominence as it helps to reduce this flow of waste to landfills.  For this reason, the Village of Grayslake, in partnership with Waste Management, SWALCO, and Midwest Organics Recycling, is launching a NEW voluntary Residential Food Scraps Program.


Service Options
The Village of Grayslake Residential Food Scraps Program offers residents several options for recycling food scraps:

Landscape Waste/Food Scraps Subscription Service (8-Month Program)

In conjunction with the Village’s landscape waste subscription service through Waste Management, residents may commingle/mix food scraps with landscape waste by placing food scraps at the curb in a rigid and lidded container, not exceeding 32-gallons capacity, or in a Waste Management provided 35-gallon cart (arranged directly through Waste Management for an extra $3.00/month).  This option is included in the regular landscape waste subscription charge of $76.88.  Collection occurs on a weekly basis beginning April 1st through November 30th.

To arrange for the Landscape Waste/Food Scraps subscription service, please call Waste Management at 1-800-796-9696.

Landscape Waste/Food Scraps Sticker Service (Pay-As-You-Go)

In conjunction with the Village’s landscape waste sticker service through Waste Management, residents may commingle/mix food scraps with landscape waste by placing food scraps at the curb in a rigid and lidded container, not exceeding 32-gallons capacity.  This option is a pay-as-you-go service.  The price for each sticker is $2.24 and a new sticker is required with each pick-up.  Collection occurs on a weekly basis beginning April 1st through November 30th.

Landscape Waste/Food Scrap stickers may be purchased at the local Jewel-Osco and Ace Hardware.

Recycling Center Food Scraps Drop-Off Service

Starting May 1st, the Richard O. Whittington Grayslake Recycling Center, located at 585 Berry Avenue, will begin accepting food scraps for drop-off. This is a FREE service to residents. The Center is open weekdays from 7:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon, excluding holidays.

Winter Collection / Year-Round "Green Package" Services

Based on resident demand, the Village and Waste Management may offer winter and year-round food scraps collection services beginning December 2016.  CLICK HERE to learn more about these service options and to add your name to the registration list.  Please note that these services will require a minimum of 175 registered households by September 1st in order to commence.