Drop donations by anytime during store hours:
Monday through Saturday 10 am - 4 pm


Donating to Forest & Found

You can park on Western Ave and bring donations through the front door. For large items, please call or email before bringing your item. We want to make sure we have the space and staff to help you. Please bring donations during business hours only. 

What To Donate

We have storage space in the basement, however we don't have room for everything. To help you narrow the choices of what to donate to Forest & Found, please refer to the two lists below. These lists will help save you energy, time and gasoline.

What We Accept

Items you've enjoyed, no longer need and are ready for a second life
Clothing for women, men and kids
Accessories - purses, jewelry, scarves, hats
Furniture - if it's large, such as a couch, please check with us beforehand
Kitchen Items
Decorative items
Art work

What We Don't Accept

Unfortunately Forest & Found cannot accept the following items:

  • car seats

  • cribs

  • exersaucers (and other bouncy chairs)

  • high chairs and strollers

  • entertainment centers

  • mattresses

  • crutches, walkers and other medical equipments

  • carpeting pieces

  • tube TVs

  • printers, monitors and outdated computer components

  • miscellaneous wires and cables

  • VHS and cassette tapes, VCRs

  • slide projectors

  • broken electronics

  • 3 ring binders

  • exercise machines (treadmills, stationary bikes, etc)


Local Resources for Recycling for items Forest & Found can't take:

For electronics and large appliances:

Best Buy
701 N Milwaukee Ave Ste 152
Vernon Hills, IL 60061

In addition — Every U.S. Best Buy store has recycling kiosks, just inside the front doors, to drop off ink and toner cartridges, rechargeable batteries, and wires, cords and cables, plastic bags and gift cards.

  • Recycling in-store at the Customer Service counters

  • Appliance and TV recycling options

  • Reclaimed product from Trade-In

1600 S Milwaukee Ave
Vernon Hills
(847) 367-5825

Staples will take old office technology products such as laptops, wireless routers, ink and toners cartridges and rechargeable batteries.

For Unwanted Medicines, prescriptions and supplements:  

Lake Forest Police Department (collection box in lobby)
255 W. Deerpath Rd.

For Batteries and CFLS
Plastic garden pots, trays and tags
Wood pallets
Shrink wrap:

Lowe’s Hardware Stores
1660 N. Milwaukee Avenue Vernon Hills, IL

For Latex Paint:

Lake Forest True Value
825 S. Waukegan Road Ste. B
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

For CD's, old fabric, household and yard chemicals, motor oil, oil based paints, prescription drugs, cosmetics, gasoline, driveway sealers, hobby chemicals:

Solid Waste Agency of Lake County IL (SWALCO)
1311 N. Estes Street Gurnee IL 60031
Hours: Mon- Fri 8:30 AM-5:00 PM
Appointment may be required

For Carpeting, wood, metals, asphalt shingles, drywall, plumbing fixtures, glass, ceiling tiles, and other construction and demolition material:

C&D Recycling
2300 Carlson Drive
Northbrook IL 60062
Hours: Mon- Fri 6AM-4PM Saturday 7AM-12PM

For Excess Cardboard and waste paper:

Alan Josephson Company
Recycling Services for Lake County

For Retired, Obsolete or excess computer and electronic components commonly found in industrial use:

Midwest Computer Recycling, Inc.
101 W. Skokie Blvd.Lake Bluff, IL 60044 (at Rtes 41 and 176)
Drop off hours: Mon- Fri 8AM to 4PMSaturday 9AM to 3PM