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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

In cooperation with SWALCO, the Village will sponsor household electronics collections this year. Unless otherwise noted below, events are held at the Deerfield Public Works Facility, 465 Elm Street, from 9:00 - noon.

Remaining 2014 Dates:

All 2014 recycling events have been completed. Check back next year for the 2015 schedule.

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


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