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December 28, 2018

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Reboot for the Lake County Recycling Guidelines

On America Recycles Day, the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County and other agencies and communities around the state released a new set of guidelines for recycling.  Since then, discussions with local recycling facilities have led to a few new updates.  Please find the “recycling reboot,” the latest Lake County Recycling Guidelines. Take a special look at the NO list as these items can negatively impact recycling efforts in many ways.  It’s estimated that as many as one in four items placed in a recycling cart is not accepted for recycling. 

A New Year is upon us, and it’s a great time to review and make sure you are getting all the right things in and keeping all the wrong things out.  You can find alternative recycling and reuse opportunities available in your community at, along with more detailed information and frequently asked questions about recycling. 

New Recycling Gudelines

Stay Green This Holiday Season

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Holiday Tree Recycling
Donate your holiday tree to us and we’ll recycle it into woodchips for trails and landscaping at forest preserves throughout Lake County. Bring your tree to a drop-off site through Feb. 1.

Holiday Light Recycle

Holiday Lights
Do you have strings of lights that you don’t need or that don’t work anymore? Don’t throw them away! The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County offers four locations across Lake County where you can recycle those lights for free. Visit the drop-off locations.

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Electronics Recycling
Make sure you don't throw away your old electronics! Items such as TVs, computers, video game consoles, tablets, and printers are prohibited by State law from being disposed of in the trash. Lake County residents can bring their unwanted electronics to one of four year-round drop-off locations.

Engineering Internship and Job Fair

Engineering internship and job fair

Over 30 top engineering firms will be under one roof to connect with students in various engineering fields at the third annual Lake County Engineering Internship and Job Fair. The event will run from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 4 at the College of Lake County in Grayslake. Learn more

CLC Opens New Science and Engineering Building
Community members as well as business and government leaders recently visited the College of Lake County’s new $28.3 million Science & Engineering Building, which supports the latest in science and technology education while having several environmentally friendly features. The state-of-the-art building features labs for chemistry, mechatronics and photonics, and includes rooftop solar panels, geothermal heat pumps, LED lighting, and a green roof. Find out more.

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Forest Preserve News

Winter Horizons Magazine Available Online
The winter issue of our Horizons magazine is now available online. Horizons is the quarterly publication of your Lake County Forest Preserves, featuring articles on wildlife, nature and history, news, and a calendar of programs and events. You can also subscribe to receive our free magazine in print form. Read it today»

Winter 2018 Horizons
New Year's celebration

New Year’s Celebration
Join us on Thursday, Jan. 3 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Dunn Museum in Libertyville to learn how people around the world celebrate the start of the new year with crafts and activities. For families with children ages 12 and under.  Learn more »

Holiday Traffic Safety Campaign

Holiday Traffic Safety Campaign

This holiday season, remember what you should do on the road so you and those around you arrive safely to your holiday destination.  The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a safety campaign now through Jan. 2 to make drivers aware about the dangers of impaired driving as well as enforce live-saving seat belt, speeding and distracted driving laws. Follow these life-saving tips!

Enter the Lake County Rising Essay Contest

Lake County Rising essay contest

Attention high school students! The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office is inviting Lake County students to enter an essay contest focused on ending violence perpetrated against women.  Essays incorporating the themes, Rise, Resist and Unite will get top consideration. Essays are due by Jan. 3. Learn more

It’s Not Too Late to Get A Flu Vaccine

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As family and friends gather for the holidays, flu activity is increasing. It’s not too late to get a flu vaccine.  There are many myths about the flu vaccine. Watch this video as Jennifer Gassman, a nurse practitioner at the Lake County Health Department tackles some common myths.

The Lake County Health Department offers the flu vaccine by appointment at its immunization clinics and community health centers across the county. Many doctor’s offices, retail locations and pharmacies also offer the vaccine. To find a location near you, use the vaccine finder.

Lake County Transportation Alliance Holds Annual Meeting


State, regional and local officials recently gathered to discuss Lake County transportation needs at the Lake County Transportation Alliance (LCTA) annual meeting. A major focus of discussion was improving the quality of life in Lake County through a multi-modal transportation network that provides mobility and economic opportunity for all. Watch this video to learn more.


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