Refuse & Recycling Collection

Prairieland Disposal 

The Village of Lake Zurich has contracted with Prairieland Disposal of Lake Barrington to be your service provider for weekly refuse, recycling, yard and food waste collection through 2025. 
Prairieland Disposal Truck
Prairieland Disposal Toter
Prairieland runs OnePass residential trucks, allowing for the collection of trash and recycling at the same time. 

These OnePass trucks are smaller and lighter versions of garbage trucks that reduce the amount of wear and tear on local village streets over the long-term.  

Available Cart Dimensions

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 and food waste included max 15 bags per day. One bulk item pickup included.

Plan B

Limited Service, 65 Gallon Refuse toter and 95 Gallon or smaller Recycle toter. Weekly yard and food waste included max 15 bags per day. No bulk item pickup.

Senior Plan (Large)95 Gallon Refuse toter and 95 Gallon Recycle toter. Weekly yard and food waste included max 15 bags per day.  No Bulk item pickup.$21.92
Senior Plan (Small)

65 Gallon Refuse toter and 35 Gallon Recycle toter.  Weekly yard and food waste included max 15 bags per day. . No Bulk item pickup. $20.99

Collection Day - Tuesday and Wednesday

Lake Zurich collection days with Prairieland are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Please see this map for your collection day.

Senior Discount

A senior discount for those 65+ will be available for Lake Zurich.   See table above for senior discounts.  


All Prairieland services are 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. 


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

Curbside Compost Collection

Weekly curbside compost collection (yard and food waste) is included with all service plans at no additional fee. Curbside compost collection runs from April 1st to the second week of December each year.  

If you currently use a can marked with an “X” or labeled “Yard Waste” you may continue using these for both food waste and yard waste. As an option for residents, Prairieland Disposal will provide a container for the collection of food and yard waste for $5 per month.  Alternatively, you can use any lidded plastic container (50 lbs. or less) that has handles, or bio-degradable brown paper bags.  

More details on curbside composting and leaf collection. 

Back Door Collection

Prairieland offers 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 at $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 $3.21

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. Curbside composting for food waste and yard waste is included in your service and will not require stickers. 


Due to EPA regulations, appliances cannot be disposed 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.  More details on curbside composting and leaf collection.  

Electronic Waste Disposal

Prairieland will offers 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 accepts e-waste items 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 $3.21 in person at the Village Hall, 70 East Main Street. 
  • Carts should be placed with handle toward the house, along the curb.
  • Curbside composting includes yard waste and food scraps, both of which can be mixed together in the same container. 
  • 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 Prairieland Disposal, a driver or a customer service representative contact Kyle Kordell, Assistant to the Village Manager at 847-540-1684.