Solid Waste Agency of Lake County:
- 11 Great Things You Can Do in '22
- Vernon Hills Guide to Recycling Right
- Community Profile
- Scrap Composting Program
- Compost Bins and Rain Barrel Sales
- Residential Electronics Recycling Program
- Household Chemical Waste Program
- Food Scrapping
Vernon Hills Initiatives:
- Solar Panel permits/info – The Village has developed a streamlined permit process for all residential permits, including the permit process for residential solar panels (see page 2 of the linked document). Please note that regardless of the vendor, installation does require that your roof meet a few criteria.
- Prescription & OTC Drug Collection
- Cell Phones for Soldiers
- Waste Oil, Gas & Antifreeze
- Clothing & Textiles Recycling
- Shoe Recycling
- Medical Sharps Disposal
- Lake Restoration & Stream Management
- Yard Waste Sticker Information – information about seasonal subscriptions, including food scrapping; Individual stickers are available at Village Hall, Sullivan Center, Walgreens, Mariano's and other suppliers. Yard Waste collection runs April through November.
- Recycle Right
- What Can and Cannot be Recycled Curbside
- Yard Waste
Alternate Energy Sources:
While ComEd is the electric delivery utility serving our community, you may select an alternate source for the actual energy portion of your service. ComEd offers the Estimator and Supplier List linked below to help you research which energy providers use wind, solar or other non-coal burning operations to generate energy. (Be sure to do your research; the Village does not endorse any of these suppliers but rather provides the ComEd links as a resource.)
- ComEd Certified Retail Electric Suppliers
- ComEd Billing Estimator
- Village Residential Permits for Solar Panels
- Citizens Utility Board (CUB) Solar in the Community Options
- University of Illinois Extension/SWALCO Garden Learning Series – Feb 9 Virtual Workshop: Seed Starting
- Lake County Forest Preserve Native Plant Sale/Resources
Additional Reading Resources:
Article: Recycling Cart Tagging Program Helps Residents Recycle Right
In an effort to educate consumers about proper recycling, SWALCO (Solid Waste Agency of Lake County) has been participating in a recycling cart tagging program where staff members examine these items people place in their recycling carts. For each bin they look at, they leave a tag to let the resident know if all items in the cart were recyclable, or if there was an item or items in their cart that should not have been. If a mistake was made, staff members will put a note on the tag to let the consumer know how to dispose of that item. The program was most recently completed in Round Lake Beach, where 450 home were visited. SWALCO plans to partner with more communities in the future to offer this program. Watch this video to learn more.
Website: United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – Sustainable Management of Food – Reducing the Impact of Wasted Food by Feeding the Soil and Composting
Website: US Composting Council – What are the Benefits of Compost
Website: NOAA/Climate.gov – What can we do to slow or stop global warming?
Article: Plastics: What's recyclable, what becomes trash – and why (NPR)
Car Charging Stations
Need a Recharge? Car recharging stations are available at the following locations:
Do you have a Green Initiative to share?
- Please let us know by emailing LisaF@vhills.org.