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Hey there! I’m Bart the Cart.

My job is to help Lake Forest residents rethink how they recycle. Like you, I need the right diet or I don't function well. Lately, I've had some serious indigestion due to being fed unrinsed items and non-recyclable items. Here are simple guidelines for what to put in your cart in order for recycling in Lake Forest to work better — and so yours truly has a happy tummy!

Follow these four guidelines and you'll help make our Lake Forest recycling program a major success!

& rinsed

Recyclables should be well-rinsed
and empty, lids on.


plastic bags

No plastic bags should be among your recyclables.


No styrofoam

Styrofoam and #6 plastics are not recyclable.




They can damage the sorting equipment.

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Take a stroll with Bart the Cart and learn about the guidelines that keep Lake Forest and his tummy happy.
Four simple guidelines
Learn more about what can and can not be recycled in your curbside pickup.
Now more than ever, as the state’s Stay at Home order remains in place, it’s important that we recycle the right materials.

Download this guide to know what items are acceptable to put in your cart.
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Lake Forest Official

Curbside Recycling Spot Checks

Lake Forest, like many communities, has a recycling contamination problem. That is, close to 20% of what is recycled curbside is NOT actually recyclable, unnecessarily increasing recycling costs. 

Why random spot checks?

Two eager Lake Forest interns are helping me, Bart the Cart, randomly check recycling carts in each of the four Lake Forest wards this summer. We are checking carts to help educate homeowners about their recycling content. If we find recycling contaminants, we'll note them on a flyer we leave with you. 

Meet Public Works summer interns Shelby & Jennifer! Shelby & Jennifer will be spending their internship evaluating curbside recycling habits. 

Here's a short explanation of Lake Forest's Curbside Recycling Spot Checks.

Recycling plastic bags

Plastic bags can now be recycled at the Compost & Recycling Center.

In addition to the local Jewel-Osco drop off, you can now drop off plastic bags atCompost & Recycling Center on Rte 60. 

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