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 Schedule
During 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 links to view a complete lists of the 2022 Sanitation Holiday Schedules and the 2023 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. 

Battery Disposal Reminders 

  • Regular alkaline batteries can be disposed of with your standard trash. 
  • Lithium-ion batteries and devices containing these batteries should NOTgo in household garbage or recycling bins. 

Rechargeable lithium-ion, nickel, button cell, and auto batteries SHOULD be taken to the Compost & Recycling Center during operating hours. Visit for other disposal locations. 

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!