Spring Cleaning Resources 2017

Thinking about doing some spring cleaning? Check out some of the resources below:


Regular yard waste collection will begin on Monday, April 3rd with a "Unlimited Free Week" until Friday April 7, 2017. During this week, residents can dispose of landscape waste. In order for landscape waste to be collected, it must be put into a container such as a Kraft-type paper bag not to exceed 45 pounds, a rigid can not to exceed 32 gallons, and/or bundles of brush not to exceed 2 feet in diameter by 4 feet long (must be tied with twine or string, weigh no more than 60 pounds and have no branches greater than 3 inches in diameter). Landscape waste must be placed at the curb or the edge of the road by 6:00 a.m. on your regular trash day or waste may not be collected.
After the "Unlimited Free Week" conlcudes, residents can continue to dispose of yard waste by signing up for the subscription service or by purchasing yard waste stickers. Please see the Landscape Waste Collection page for more information.

Effective April 3, 2017, residents are no longer required to obtain garage sale permits are no longer required  hold a garagein order to hold a garage sale. However, regulations outlined in the Village of Gurnee Zoning Ordinance must still be followed. These include that individuals may hold a maximum of 2 garage sales per calendar year, and each sale may not last longer than 4 days. Signage requirements must also be followed when advertising for your sale. Please read http://www.gurnee.il.us/community_dev/planning/garage_sales for full information on holding a garage sale in Gurnee.


Did you know you can recycle more than just empty bottles, cans and paper? Other household items like batteries, books, children’s car seats, cell phones, furniture, household electronics, plastic bags, shoes and more can be recycled. For more information on how and where these items can be recycled, please see the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) website.

Textiles can be recycled at the textile collection box located at Fire Station #2 (6581 Dada Drive). Shoes can be recycled at the Reuse-A-Shoe bins located in Village Hall (325 N. O'Plaine Road) or at Fire Station #2. Please see the SWALCO website for lists of accepted textiles and accepted shoes.

Electronics recycling locations are available throughout Lake County. Please visit http://www.swalco.org/159/Electronics-Recycling for the most up-to-date list of locations. Accepted items include: batteries, cable receivers, cameras, cassette tapes, CD players, CDs, computers, computer drives, digital converter boxes, digital video disc players/recorders, electronic keyboards, electronic mice, fax machines, holiday lights, microwave ovens, modems, PDA organizers, portable digital music players, printers, satellite receivers, scanners, shredders, software discs (floppy and zip), small household appliances, stereos, tablets, telephones, televisions, VCR recorders/tapes, video game consoles/discs. 


Sprucing up the lawn or garden? Consider “going green” by using more native plants, planting a rain garden, installing a rain barrel or using a compost bin. Native plants, rain barrels and compost bins are available through SWALCO.

  • Native plants are well-suited to the environment, require less water, can help reduce weeds and are typically perennials. In addition to requiring less maintenance, native plants can also help attract and provide a habitat for native wildlife.
  • Rain gardens use water loving plants that are planted in absorbent soils to collect excess rainwater. These gardens can help reduce and naturally clean water runoff and absorb some of the excess rainwater that might otherwise flood a green space or paved area.
  • Rain barrels collect rainwater from your home’s downspouts for use in gardening, watering house plants, washing cars or windows. Rain barrels can help reduce your water bill and the amount of runoff that ends up in the sewers after a storm.
  • Compost bins collect organic materials, including yard and food waste, to create nutrient rich fertilizer.