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The Cedar Lake Public Works Department has dumpsters available only to residents Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Since this is a taxpayer-funded service, we ask that visitors please stop in the office to be checked-in, presenting identification (driver’s license) and/or a Cedar Lake utility bill (this is necessary in the event that one owns a property in town but whose driver’s license states otherwise).

Our location: Cedar Lake Public Works

Items accepted for disposal include but are not limited to furniture, carpet, wood and appliances. If you have a question about a specific item, please call the Public Works office at 219-374-7478.


Items that are not accepted include household garbage, roofing materials, concrete, bricks, railroad ties as well as hazardous materials such as paints, oils, fuels, fluorescent bulbs, ammunition.  The Lake County Solid Waste Management District does accept hazardous materials at various locations throughout the year. Click on the link below for a full list of hazardous material collections schedule and accepted items.

Household Hazardous Waste

Public Works also has collections specifically for tires, metal and appliance recycling. Tires collected include car and pick-up truck sized tires.  Lake County Solid Waste will not collect semi-truck tires, tractor tires or any other non-car or pick-up truck type of tire. No tires are allowed to be on rims; they must be separated. These collections are available to all Lake County, IN residents.

Lake County, IN residents are also welcome to utilize the green and yellow household recycling bins provided by Lake County Solid Waste Management at the Recycling Center.  When you enter the Public Works facility, the location of the bins is to the right.

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Electronic waste is also collected here at Public Works. This is another service offered by the Lake County Solid Waste Management District and is available during regular business hours: Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

E-recyclables include but not limited to:  TVs, computers (monitors, mice, keyboards), printers, fax machines, and cell phones.  For a complete list of electronic recycling products, please click on the following link:

Any unwanted branches or yard waste is able to be disposed of at Public Works during regular business hours. Yard waste includes:  leaves, bushes and grass clippings.


Public Works has free firewood for residents:

  • During regular business hours (Monday through Friday from 7am-3pm)
  • No use of equipment (chainsaws/axes) is permitted
  • Sign in Public Works main office upon each visit
  • Take as much as you want!

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