Food Scraps Composting
Food scraps collection is a waste service that is currently gaining prominence as it helps to reduce this flow of waste to landfills. For this reason, the Village of Grayslake, in partnership with Waste Management, Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO), and Midwest Organics Recycling, is launching a NEW voluntary Residential Food Scraps Program.
The Village of Grayslake Residential Food Scraps Program offers residents several options for recycling food scraps:
Green Package Organics Cart (Year-Round)
The Green Package is a waste service package provided by Waste Management that includes your current trash cart, recycling cart, and an additional 35 gallon cart for organics, collected year round. This cart can be used for food scrap collection, as well as grass clippings, leaves, and small branches. From April 1 – November 30 organics carts are collected weekly by Waste Management on residents’ regular trash and recycling pickup day. From December 1 – March 31 organics carts are collected every other week by Waste Management on Tuesdays. The Green Package costs $11.32 per month (as of 2019) in addition to residents’ current garbage and recycling bills.
For more information on the Green Package, please view the FAQs
To sign up for the Green Package, please fill out the form below:
Landscape Waste/Food Scraps Subscription Service (8-Month Program)
In conjunction with the Village’s landscape waste subscription service through Waste Management, residents may commingle/mix food scraps with landscape waste by placing food scraps at the curb in a rigid and lidded container, not exceeding 32-gallons capacity, or in a Waste Management provided 35-gallon cart (arranged directly through Waste Management for an extra $3.00/month). This option is included in the regular landscape waste subscription charge of $82.79. Collection occurs on a weekly basis beginning April 1st through November 30th.
To arrange for the Landscape Waste/Food Scraps subscription service, please call Waste Management at 1-800-796-9696.
Landscape Waste/Food Scraps Sticker Service (Pay-As-You-Go)
In conjunction with the Village’s landscape waste sticker service through Waste Management, residents may commingle/mix food scraps with landscape waste by placing food scraps at the curb in a rigid and lidded container, not exceeding 32-gallons capacity. This option is a pay-as-you-go service. The price for each sticker is $2.39 and a new sticker is required with each pick-up. Collection occurs on a weekly basis beginning April 1st through November 30th. Landscape Waste/Food Scrap stickers may be purchased at the local Jewel-Osco and Ace Hardware.
Recycling Center Food Scraps Drop-Off Service
The Richard O. Whittington Grayslake Recycling Center, located at 585 Berry Avenue, is now accepting food scraps for drop-off. This is a FREE service to residents. The Center is open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. until noon, excluding holidays.