Brian Pogachnik Sanitation Supervisor P:(847) 810-3569 Email us here


The Sanitation Section is located in the Municipal Services Building, at 800 N Field Dr., Lake Forest, IL 60045. Hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm.

The mission of the Sanitation section is to provide a comprehensive environmental service of the highest level to Lake Forest residents by using state-of-the-art routing systems and the appropriate equipment to ensure a safe, efficient, and cost effective program.

Holiday Collection ScheduleDuring the year, the Sanitation Section observes New Year’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. City offices may be closed for additional holidays.  Click the link to view a complete list of the 2024 Sanitation Holiday Schedules.

General InformationFor specific information regarding refuse, recycling, or yard waste, click on the links below or download the Sanitation Guidelines Brochure.

Sanitation Automated Hotline:
Missed Pickups/Special Pickups
Move-in Pickups/Move-out Pickups
Phone: (847) 615-4264

Disposing of Batteries Safely 

Think used batteries have no charge left? Think again! While they may not power up your devices, used batteries can contain a residual charge that could create a potential spark if not properly recycled. Throwing lithium-ion batteries or devices containing batteries in the garbage or in your curbside recycling bin can cause fires and harm the environment, people, and property. Many people are unaware of these dangers, which are causing an increasing number of fires in garbage trucks, recycling centers, and waste facilities. 

REMINDER: Lithium-ion batteries and devices containing these batteries should NOT go in household garbage or recycling bins, please dispose safely as instructed below.

Lake Forest residents can now safely and responsibly recycle batteries at the Compost & Recycling Center including:

  • Primary cell single-use batteries (alkaline, button, lithium primary)
  • Rechargeable batteries (lithium ion, nickel zinc, small-sealed lead acid, etc.)
  • Cellphones

Residents are asked to please properly bag, or tape accepted batteries before dropping them off at the Compost & Recycling Center. For more detailed information regarding what batteries are accepted, and proper disposal instructions, please briefly review the battery recycling presentation guide that provides an overview with pictures and step-by-step instructions. Additionally, the on site Attendant at the Center can help answer any questions regarding battery recycling.
Refuse Collection FeeIn December of 2013 the City Council adopted changes to various fees and charges which included a Refuse Collection Fee. All residential properties served by The City for sanitation services will be charged a Refuse Collection Fee on the utility bill (regardless of dwelling status).  

Stay Informed!