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Recycling Containers

Under the Village's refuse contract, each single-family home is provided with a green recycling container for curbside recycling. You may place the following materials in the recycling container at the curb:

  • Newspaper
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Chipboard
  • Food and beverage cans
  • Tin, aluminum and bi-metal cans
  • Magazines
  • Catalogs
  • Junk Mail
  • All plastics coded Number 1 through Number 5
  • Paperboard

*Do not recycle styrofoam of any kind.

Recycling Locations

The Recycling Center is located at the Grayslake Public Works Department facility (at the end of Berry Avenue, east of Route 83). The Center is open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon and accepts newspapers, aluminum cans, cardboard, washed glass, and plastic.

Electronics Recycling

The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) provides an electronics collection bin at the Grayslake Public Works facility. Open hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm and Saturday, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Accepted Items Include:

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, Digital Video Disc Recorders, Computer Drives, Modems, Mainframes, PDA Organizers, Telephones, Stereos, CD Players, Cameras, Shredders, Holiday Lights

Items NOT Accepted Include:

Broken Glass, Air Conditioners, Dehumidifiers, Large Household Appliances, Lead Acid Batteries, Electric Fixtures, Fluorescent Light Bulbs, Liquid or Chemical Waste, and Packaging Materials

For additional information on electronics disposal at the Village’s Public Works facility or any other SWALCO collection site, please visit the SWALCO website or call 847-336-9340.

Textile Recycling

SWALCO announced it will be suspending all textile recycling as of March 19, 2020 at all collection sites, including the Grayslake Public Works Facility located at 585 Berry Avenue.  This page will be updated once textile recycling resumes.


The ability to recycle shoes is latest addition to the recycling center at the Grayslake Public Works facility located at 585 Berry Avenue (off of Route 83 just north of Fredrick Road). The Reuse-A-Shoe program offered through the Village of Grayslake and SWALCO provides residents with the opportunity to recycle unwanted shoes. Instead of throwing away the shoes, recycling them will mean that 95% or more of all the shoes’ materials will be reused. The recycling center is open from Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

Currently all types of shoes can be brought in and collected, with the exception of: rollerblades, ice skates, and winter boots. All shoe contributions must be in a pair as well as tied or connected to its pairing shoe.

For more information, visit SWALCO’s Reuse-A-Shoe page or call 847-336-9340.

SWALCO Household Chemical Waste Collection Events Cancelled

All SWALCO scheduled Household Chemical Waste Collection Events are cancelled.  This includes the mobile event in Fox Lake on April 25 and the public drop-off events in Gurnee on March 23, April 11 and April 27.