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Recycling and Landfill Information

On March 19, 2012, the Village Board passed a Resolution Approving the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County's 60% Recycling Task Force Report.  The report outlines several ways that communities can work to improve recycling rates and reduce the amount that is placed in landfills.  In 2010, the average pounds per day of waste disposed of by each resident in Lake County was 4.8 pounds. The goals set by the Task Force are to reduce this to 4.12 PCD in 2015 and 3.48 PCD in 2020, or in effect reduce the waste disposed to 40% of what is generated.  Deerfield’s 2010 disposal rate was 2.1 pounds per person on the residential side and 2.92 on the commercial side making our total disposal rate 5.02.  These figures will be evaluated and updated as the Village moves forward with implementation of the recommendations in the Task Force Report.

Recycling Opporunities 

Daily Collections at Village Hall and the Police Department

Through a partnership with Waste Management, residents can drop CFL bulbs and Batteries (Rechargeable (NI-CAD), Lithium and Metal Hydride Batteries (NO ALKALINE or LEAD-ACID) Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Finance & Administration counter in Village Hall.  

Through a partnership with the Save a Star program, residents can drop off prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs in the Save a Star box in the lobby of the Police Department 24 hours a day 7 days a week. 

Household Electronics

House Electronics can be recycled at any of 5 remote locations provided by the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County. The nearest location is the Firearms Training Center in the City of Highland Park:

Highland Park: Firearms Training Center 1180 Half Day Road, Highland Park, IL
Every Tuesday 7:00 am to 1:00 pm
1st Saturday of the month 7:00 am to 1:00 pm
Excluding Holidays


No commercial, institutional or governmental materials will be accepted. All items must be free of any packaging material and operating manuals. For lists of acceptable and unacceptable materials for recycling, please contact SWALCO at 847.336.9340 or visit


Household Chemical Waste (HCW)

A permanent dropoff location is available in Gurnee on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Questions, please contact SWALCO at 847.336.9340 or visit

The following are general lists of materials/items that are acceptable and not acceptable at HCW collections.

Materials ACCEPTED:

Aerosol Products
Batteries: Rechargeable (NI-CAD), Lithium and Metal Hydride Batteries (NO ALKALINE or LEAD-ACID)
Drain Cleaners
Driveway Sealers
Fertilizers, Herbicides and Pesticides
Fluorescent Light Bulbs and CFL's (compact fluorescent bulbs)
Furniture Strippers and Varnishes
Garden and Lawn Chemicals
Hobby Chemicals
Household Cleaners
Mercury (including thermometers and thermostats)
Metal Polishes
Motor Oil
Oil-based Paints
Paint Removers
Pool Chemicals
Prescription Drugs (for People and Pets), Over-the Counter Medicines and Supplements
Personal Care Products (including cosmetics, skin-care products, shampoos, etc.)


Agricultural Chemicals
Alkaline Batteries
Business or Institutional Wastes
DEA Controlled Substances
Explosives and Ammunition
Fire Extinguishers
Household Electronics
Latex Paint
Lead-acid Batteries
Propane Tanks
Medical Wastes
Smoke Detectors

Need more recycling solutions?

Visit Earth 911 to find additional locations near Deerfield to dispose of your recyclable materials.


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