About Prairieland Disposal & Recycling

Prairieland Disposal & Recycling is an environmentally-conscious waste hauler and recycler serving the greater Lake, McHenry and Cook counties.

Our mission is to provide honest, cost-effective waste collection services while maintaining our reputation as stewards of the environment. We are proud to be one of the first disposal companies in Illinois to perform food/organic scrapping year-round. We use biodiesel fuel in our vehicles, and much of the residential and commercial waste we collect is recycled.

From weekly pick-up services and dumpster rentals to custom-tailored collection programs, we’re here to help. Call our live customer service representative today at 847-381-9300 to learn how Prairieland Disposal & Recycling can help you with your individual needs.


  • New Hours: We have new hours! Monday - Thursday: 8:00AM to 5:00PM, Friday: 8:00AM to 4:00PM, Saturday: 8:00AM to 12:00PM
  • E-WASTE Drop Off! We are now working with SWALCO and will accept a maximum of 10 E-Waste items per visit, excluding Christmas lights and cords, and including one TV or CRT monitor (some fees may apply to TV's and CRT monitors, call us for details).
  • Drop-off Schedule: Our hours are Monday - Thursday: 8:00AM to 5:00PM, Friday: 8:00AM to 4:00PM, Saturday: 8:00AM to 12:00PM, and drop-offs are only accepted during these hours when a Prairieland representative is on-site at the office. We are closed all major holidays
  • Telephone Payment Fee: As of Jan 1, 2019, customers will be charged a fee to make a payment over the phone. Other no-charge payment options include 1) Call our office and set up autopay, or 2) Call our office to get a password to pay online, or 3) Send a check in, or 4) Pay via bank/bill pay.
New Recycling Guidelines: Read about the Dirty Dozen and more! Learn More
Collecting Recyclables in a Bag? We Cannot Accept Bags. Empty the contents into the cart and return plastic bags to retailers. Learn More.

One Pass Trash and Recycle Operation

Yard waste / foodscrap compost pickup

Yard Waste Collection

Yard waste / food scrap compost will be picked up once-a-week, on your regular pick-up day, at the curb April 1st through November 30th. Note: Some areas require stickers (please call us about a sticker) for yard waste pick up or a subscription to our yard waste program. Christmas/Holiday trees will be collected at the curb during your normal pickup day at no extra charge through January 15.