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.

Special Notice for City of McHenry Residents

Due to material handling concerns and public gathering restrictions instituted by the State of Illinois through the current shelter in place order associated with the Covid-19 pandemic, the Yard Waste Drop-Off Program on Saturday mornings at Knox Park will be temporarily discontinued until further notice… Read More


  • 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.

Cork Recycling

We are now recycling corks! The drop-off can is labeled "corks" and is accessible 24/7 outside our drop-off location.

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