Recycling & Landfill Information

Legislation - 60% Recycling Task Force

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 Opportunities

Daily Collections at Village Hall & the Police Department

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 Chemical Waste & 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 in the City of Highland Park:

  • 1180 Half Day Road
    Highland Park, IL 60035
  • Every Tuesday 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • 1st Saturday of the month 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • 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 the SWALCO website.

Household Chemical Waste (HCW)

A permanent drop-off location is available in Gurnee on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Questions, please contact SWALCO at 847-336-9340 or visit SWALCO website.

Acceptable & Unacceptable Materials

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

Materials accepted:

  • Aerosol Products
  • Antifreeze
  • Asbestos
  • 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 CFLs (compact fluorescent bulbs)
  • Fungicides
  • Furniture Strippers and Varnishes
  • Garden and Lawn Chemicals
  • Gasoline
  • Hobby Chemicals
  • Household Cleaners
  • Insecticides
  • Mercury (including thermometers and thermostats)
  • Metal Polishes
  • Motor Oil
  • Oil-based Paints
  • Paint Removers
  • Personal Care Products (including cosmetics, skin-care products, shampoos, etc.)
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Prescription Drugs (for People and Pets), Over-the Counter Medicines and Supplements
  • Solvents

Materials not accepted:

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

Need More Recycling Solutions?

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