Curbside Compost Collection Service


The City of Lake Forest is excited to launch a new curbside compost collection service in partnership with WasteNot Compost! Please read important instructions and information below. 

Registration Information

Registration for the service is open to all Lake Forest residents, residents are able to register at anytime! To complete registration,
choose a service collection frequency and enter payment information. Participants will then receive an email from WasteNot prompting you to create an account within 1-2 business days. Lake Forest residents who complete the account set up will have their 5-gallon WasteNot receptacle dropped off on the following week of service. 

The simple steps to start composting are highlighted below:

  1. Fill out the Registration Form
  2. Create your account from the registration follow-up email from WasteNot 
  3. Receive your receptacle and start composting!

Service Information
Participating residents will be given an airtight 5-gallon compost receptacle, with the option to select either a weekly or bi-weekly (every other week) service pickup. A “receptacle swap” strategy will be used, which includes replacing used receptacles with a new, clean sanitized container each pickup. Collection date will be designated by WasteNot, which may be different from the day of collections for trash and recycling service. Collection location of the receptacle on your property can be chosen by the resident (i.e. by front door, top of drive, porch).

The exclusive Lake Forest rate starts residential service at just $14 a month! There are no long term commitments and no cancellation fees, the service is also offered year-round! WasteNot is able to accept a wide variety of compostables including all food waste, 100% paper products, certified compostable products, and more in the receptacles provided to Lake Forest residents.

All billing, customer service requests, account questions, and general service questions will be handled through WasteNot. Participating residents, or "Members", will have access to a "Member Portal" that provides easy access to edit, change, or review service options and billing. The portal also gives Members exclusive access to WasteNot's sustainable online shop and tracks personalized waste diversion metrics. Service can be suspended, skipped, and customized all in the portal easily.  

Commercial Service
Are you a local business in Lake Forest who is interested in composting? Please complete the commercial inquiry form and a WasteNot Commercial Service representative will reach out to you promptly with more information on how to get started with our business composting service. Public and private schools, along with non-profits are eligible for the service. 

About WasteNot Compost
WasteNot Compost is the nation’s only zero-emissions compost collection service for homes, businesses, and events. WasteNot has become Chicagoland’s leading compost collection provider, one of the largest electric fleet owners in Illinois, and has been ranked the #1 compost collection service in the USA four years running by WasteNot Compost, Chicagoland’s leading compost provider and only zero-emissions service, has been awarded the exclusive residential compost service contract from the City of Lake Forest. 

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