Refuse & Recycling Collection

Pairieland Disposal Waste Hauler Starts 9/1/2020

Starting September 1, 2020, the Village of Lake Zurich will be contracting with Prairieland Disposal of Lake Barrington to be your service provider for weekly refuse, recycling, yard waste and food waste collection for the next five years. Waste Management will no longer be the solid waste hauler for Lake Zurich after August 31, 2020.

Prairieland Disposal Truck
Prairieland Disposal Toter
Prairieland runs a full fleet of OnePass residential trucks, allowing for the collection of trash and recycling at the same time. 

Collecting two materials in one truck decreases the amount of fuel and energy used by 50% and reduces traffic and emissions in neighborhoods, creating a slightly quieter collection day.

In the comings days, all Lake Zurich residents will be receiving a direct mailer from Prairieland outlining service options. A digital copy of the mailer is also available.

KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR MAIL FOR THIS – DO NOT THROW IT AWAY. It will be sent the week of July 20, 2020.

This mailer will include a postcard to choose which size refuse and recycling carts you prefer and allow residents to subscribe to additional solid waste hauling services if they choose.

Cart Dimmensions

Cart Capacity High Wide Deep
35 gallons 38" 20" 25"
65 gallons 40" 26" 28"
95 gallons 45" 29" 33"

ONE PASS Truck Collects Trash & Recycling

Truck has two compartments to separate trash and recycling.

Prairieland service & cart options:

Prices are based on one (1) refuse cart and one (1) recycling cart.  

Plan A

Unlimited Household Service, 95 Gallon Refuse toter and 95 Gallon Recycling toter. Weekly yard waste included 15 Bags. Bulk Item included

Plan B

Limited Service, 65 Gallon Refuse toter and 95 Gallon or smaller Recycle toter. Weekly yard waste included. No Bulk Item

Plan C35 Gallon Refuse toter and 95 Gallon or smaller Recycle toter. Weekly yard waste included. No Bulk Item$22.53

Waste Management’s cart sizes were 35, 64 & 96 gallons

Collection Day - Tuesday and Wednesday

Starting September 1, 2020, Lake Zurich collection days with Prairieland will be on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only. To see if you have a new collection day, please see this map.

Discount – NEW!

A senior discount for those 65+ will be available for Lake Zurich. This will be 10% off the chosen cart size.


All Prairieland services will be invoiced for 3 months at a time in advance (i.e. August bill will be for September, October & November). based upon the service level in which they choose to participate.  All invoices will be due within 30 days of the invoice.  Payment options include online payment, auto-pay, phone or mail. There will be a two week grace period before service is interrupted. 

Vacation Hold

Residents are allowed three months’ vacation hold per year but they must call Prairieland in advance. 

Cart Delivery

All old Waste Management carts will be removed by Waste Management the last regular collection day in August. The last day for the Tuesday route is 8/25/20, Wednesday is 8/26/20 and so on, ending on Monday 8/31/20. Following your final day of collection by Waste Management, leave your refuse and recycling carts at the curb and Waste Management will collect them. 

New carts from Prairieland will be dropped off at curbside starting the week of August 17, 2020.  Cart deliveries may continue into the following week.


All residents determine the size of their recycling cart at no additional fee. All recyclables go in the cart. Sorting is not required.

Yard Waste Collection

Weekly yard waste collection is included with all service plans at no additional fee. Yard waste collection runs from April 1st to the second week of December. If you currently use a can marked with an “X” or labeled “Yard Waste” you may continue using these. For leaf collection in the fall, craft paper bags may be used and up to 15 bags placed curbside each week without additional fees.  More than 15 bags, please purchase one sticker per bag at Village Hall.

Back Door Collection - NEW!

Prairieland will offer household back-door collection for residents who would like the added convenience of not transporting the carts to the curb each week. This is an optional service. $25 extra per month.

Bulk Item Pick-up

A weekly bulk item is included with Prairieland service with a weight of 50 pounds and under. No construction debris. For special bulk item pickup, residents may contact Prairieland directly.

Per Sticker Cost $3.10

Stickers will only be required for those who choose one of the smaller carts on those occasional days you have more garbage bags than can fit in your cart. All customers with the largest cart size will never need stickers. Yard waste is included in your service and will not require stickers. 


Due to EPA regulations, appliances cannot be disposed of in landfills. Prairieland will collect your old appliances left curbside and properly dispose of them. Customers will need to call Prairieland in advance to schedule appliance pick-up. $10.00 per appliance.

Leaf Vacuuming

Autumn leaf vacuuming will be available for all of Lake Zurich at no extra charge beginning in mid-October to mid-December. The amount of leaves is unlimited and no bags are required, as all collection will be via vacuum trucks.

Electronic Waste Disposal - NEW!

Prairieland will offer a once-per-year curbside collection event each July for electronic waste for all residents in Lake Zurich, at no extra charge. This will be on your normal collection day. Limited to one TV or monitor and up to five additional smaller electronic items.

Prairieland will also accept e-waste items to be dropped off at its facility on Pepper Road in Lake Barrington, free of charge for Lake Zurich residents. Unlimited items allowed, but only 1 TV or monitor per visit. 

Christmas Tree Disposal

Discarded live Christmas trees placed at curbside will be picked-up at no additional cost for the first two weeks of January. 

General Collection Guidelines

  • All trash and recyclables should be placed at the curb no sooner than 7:00 pm the day before the scheduled pick up day and no later than 7:00 am on the  actual pick up day.
  • Stickers for extra bags are available for $3.10 in person at the Village Hall, 70 East Main Street. 
  • Carts should be placed with handle toward the house, along the curb.
  • Do not mix household refuse with recyclables in the recycling cart.   
  • Holiday Collection: Service will be delayed one day for the rest of the week on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. 

Community Recycling Programs

 Lake Zurich partners with the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) to provide a variety of recycling programs, including:

  • Clothing & textile recycling
  • Shoe recycling
  • Residential electronics recycling
  • Pharmaceutical collection
  • Food scrap drop-off site
  • Chemical waste disposal options
For information on these programs, please visit the SWALCO / Lake Zurich web portal online.

Recycle Often - Recycle Right

For a list of items you may or may not recycle, please click here.

SWALCO Explore Programs


For questions, contact Prairieland Disposal at 847-381-9300  If you have a concern with the service provided by Waste Management, a driver or a customer service representative contact Kyle Kordell, Assistant to the Village Manager at 847-540-1684.