We Keep it Local
The profits from your donations go right back into our local community. We contribute our quarterly profits to local charities that help our community grow stronger and smarter.
We're the Resource in Your Neighborhood
We take donations during business hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and Saturdays til 12 pm.
Park on Western Avenue and bring items through the front door. If you have a large donation, such as furniture items or more than 10 bags and boxes at one time, please give us a call before coming at 847-482-1705.
We Love Good + Used
Frankly speaking, we can't take everything you may be clearing out. Like you, we're limited by space, and some of the items you don’t want should be recycled at other outlets instead of Forest & Found.
To recycle responsibly and efficiently, please refer to the lists below of items we can and can't accept. Like a mini department store, we stock a variety of items we know our customers are looking for.
Then, scroll down for our guide to recycling the most common specialized and obsolete household items. When you click on each link, you'll find specific information on what and where to bring your recyclables.
Items we gladly accept
Clothing for women, men and kids ready for a new closet without stains or tears
Jewelry, scarves, hats, gloves, mittens, handbags, backpacks and related
Kitchen tools such as cookware, bakeware, blenders, mixers
Tabletop dishes, glassware, china, crystal, flatware, serve ware
Decorative items our customers love to come in for a vase or new, interesting objects for the coffee table
Furniture - if it's large, such as a couch or bed frame, please call us beforehand at 847-482-1705
Items We can't Accept
Obsolete and broken electronics and desktop tech: printers, monitors, computers, cables and connectors, VHS and cassette tapes, remotes
Personal medical equipment: crutches, walkers, boots and slings
Exercise machines: treadmills, stationary bikes, massage chairs
Baby Items: cribs, exer-saucers, bouncy chairs
Common sense items such as mattresses, tires, pool equipment, carpeting pieces, paint
Books: Please donate adult books to the library and children’s book to Bernie’s Book Bank.
LOCAL RESOURCES FOR responsible RECYCLING
ELECTRONICS AND APPLIANCES
Best Buy Recycling Program
Best Buy will recycle old electronics, desktop technology and computers that we cannot accept. Its website provides a list of items to drop off for free or a nominal fee.
Staples will recycle office desktop technology as well as office furniture.
ABT Recycling Program
Disposing of tube tv's has become rare. Abt will recycle tube, as well as flat screen tv's, for a fee.
In addition, Abt will recycle wood pallets, electronics, appliances, cardboard, paper, batteries, plastic (industrial wrap only), Styrofoam (white only), and materials brought in by customers.
computers, printers, fax machines
Midwest Computer Recycling, Inc.
101 W. Skokie Blvd.Lake Bluff, IL 60044 (at Rtes 41 and 176)
Drop off hours: Mon - Fri 8AM to 4PM, Saturday 9AM to 3PM
UNwanted prescription drugs, Pet Meds, Vitamins and SUPPLEMENTS
Lake Forest Police Department
255 W Deerpath, Lake Forest, IL 60045
Lake Bluff Police Department
40 E Center Ave # 1, Lake Bluff, IL 60044
Lake County Sheriff's Office
25 S Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue
Waukegan, IL 60085
Check your local police department for other kiosk box locations
Area Walgreens Stores with metal prescription disposal boxes:
Buffalo Grove Walgreens at 15 N Buffalo Grove Road
Deerfield Walgreens at 780 Waukegan Road
Waukegan Walgreens at 1811 Belvidere Road
LATEX Waste PAINT Disposal
EPaint Recycling Solutions will recycle old latex paint into new
Various Ace Hardware Stores have partnered with EPaint to accept leftover latex paint
See the list of local stores at http://www.epaintrecyclingsolutions.com/dropoff-points/
plastic plant trays, pots and tags
Vernon Hills Lowe's 1660 N. Milwaukee Ave, Vernon Hills, IL
Northbrook Lowe's 1000 Willow Rd, Northbrook, IL
Gurnee Lowe's 7735 West Grand Ave, Gurnee, IL
CARPETING, WOOD, METALS, ASPHALT SHINGLES, DRYWALL, PLUMBING FIXTURES, GLASS and Leftovers from remodeling and construction
2300 Carlson Drive
Northbrook IL 60062
Hours: Mon- Fri 6AM-4PM Saturday 7AM-12PM
EXCESS CARDBOARD AND WASTE PAPER
Alan Josephson Company
Recycling Services for Lake County