Garbage & Recycling Collection

The new garbage collection program with Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS), began Wednesday, November 1, 2017. Learn more about the analysis that went into the decision to outsource here. 

Garbage and Recycling Collection Program

The Village has contracted services with Lakeshore Recycling Systems to provide comprehensive garbage, recycling and yard waste collection services, as well as a series of special programs to residential properties. Charges are billed directly to the resident quarterly on utility statement from Lakeshore. As with the Village’s previous program, residents have the option of selecting between curbside or top-of-drive service, collected either once-weekly or twice-weekly. Service levels are for garbage collection only, as all recycling will continue to be collected curbside. Quarterly fees are inclusive of garbage and recycling collection, fall leaf collection and two semi-annual clean-up days, and are as follows:

  • Curbside, Once-Weekly: $68.80
  • Curbside, Twice-Weekly: $113.47
  • Top-of-drive, Once-Weekly: $98.97
  • Top-of-drive, Twice-Weekly: $161.47

General Garbage Collection Program Guidelines

  • Garbage, recycling and yard waste must be out for collection no later than 7 a.m. In the event of a missed collection residents should contact Lakeshore Recycling Systems to directly at (773) 685-8811.
  • Residents may not place garbage, recycling or yard waste for collection for more than 24 hours in advance of your regular scheduled collection. 
  • Household garbage must be placed in plastic or paper bags and stored in leak-proof metal or plastic containers. Loose garbage will not be collected. Broken glass must be wrapped, labeled and placed in a separate container.
  • Residents who elected curbside collection service must use a wheeled cart (35-, 65- or 95- gallon in size) provided by Lakeshore Recycling Systems. Residents who elected top of drive service may use a 35- or 65- gallon wheeled cart, or an independently purchased 44-gallon container with handles for lifting and tight fitting covers (maximum of 3). 
  •  Top of Drive containers will not be collected if they are in a gated area or enclosed structure. LRS crews are not permitted to enter homes, garages, porches or other private property structures to collect garbage.
  • LRS will not collect building materials such as concrete, dirt, stone, brick, floor tile, roofing, shingles or lumber. 

Collection Options

  1. Once a Week Top-of-Drive Collection - Residents may use an LRS provided 65-gallon cart, or provide their own container that is no larger than 44-gallons. Limit of three containers. 
  2. Once a Week Curbside Collection - Residents must use an LRS provided, 65- or 95-gallon garbage cart or a 65- or 95- gallon garbage cart from the Village. Limit of two containers.
  3. Twice a Week Top-of-Drive Collection or Curbside Collection - Residents provide their own container or use standard containers (listed above). Limit of three 44-gallon containers for Top of Drive Collection. 

Special Collections
To schedule special collection call (773) 685-8811

  • LRS provides special pick-up services at resident's request. A special pick-up is for anything other than your regular household waste (furniture, mattress, carpet, boxes, etc.) but does not include hazardous waste (paint, gas, chemicals, etc.) or building material (wood, lumber, drywall, etc.). All special collection materials must be brought to the curb and must weigh no more than 50 pounds. 24 hour minimum notice is required. 
  • White goods and appliances (washer, dryer, refrigerator, etc.) are available for collection by contacting LRS to schedule a pick-up.  White good collection materials must be brought to the curb, and a 24 minimum notice is required.  
  • A supplemental pick-up can be scheduled due to an event generating additional regular household garbage. Residents are permitted to fill the same number of garbage containers as once a week pickup. 

Hardship Program
A garbage collection hardship program is available for those who are unable to bring their garbage carts to the curb. 

Collection Map
Community Portal Collection Day Look-Up  |  View Printable Collection Map
The Village is divided into four zones for primary garbage and recycling collection. Primary collection days are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Should you choose to have twice-weekly collection, your second collection day is as follows:

  • Monday Primary - Thursday second day collection
  • Tuesday Primary - Friday second day collection
  • Thursday Primary - Monday second day collection
  • Friday Primary - Tuesday second day collection

Holiday Schedule
When a holiday falls on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday, your regular garbage and recycling services will resume one day later than normal (i.e. if New Year's Day is on Monday, Monday collection will be Tuesday and Tuesday collection will be Wednesday, with regular service resuming on Thursday). The Village observes the following holidays: 

  • New Year's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day 
  • Christmas Day

Yard Waste Collection

Subscription Service 
Yard waste subscribers may place unlimited bags or bundles of landscape waste material at the curb each week on Wednesdays from mid-April through mid-December. The annual subscription fee is included on your quarterly bill and does not require yard waste stickers. To subscribe contact Lakeshore Recycling Systems at (773) 685-8811.

Residents not subscribing to the annual yard waste collection subscription service, must affix stickers to each biodegradable paper yard waste bag, garbage can no larger than 44-gallons, or bundle of branches/brush. Stickers may be purchased at the Village Hall or Grand Food Center. Yard waste is collected on Wednesdays beginning mid-April through mid-December. 

Special Collection Programs

Leaf Collection
Each year between mid-October and the end of November, the Village collects loose leaf piles placed at the parkway along the back of curb. This service is made possible through a disposal agreement with the Chicago Botanic Garden (CBG). The CBG takes all leaf material collected in Glencoe free of charge, mulches the material on-site and uses it to fertilize planting beds.

Holiday Tree Collection
On Wednesdays during the month of January, LRS will pick-up holiday trees at no cost. Remove all lights, ornaments and garland and place tree at the parkway behind the curb.

Semi-Annual Clean-Up Days
LRS provides, at no charge, semi-annual one-day collection of large quantities of household garbage in mid-May and mid-October. Clean-up days are an opportunity for residents to dispose of items that are not generally included in garbage collection such as furniture, appliances, boxes and tires. However, hazardous waste (paint, gas, chemicals, etc.), building materials (wood, lumber, drywall, etc.) and landscape waste (trees, branches, logs, leaves, etc.) are not included in this program.  The semi-annual clean up days are on Wednesday, May 2nd and Wednesday, October 3rd.

Disposing of Paint
Oil-based paint cannot be disposed of with your regular garbage or during Spring Clean-Up. Latex paint can be disposed of with regular trash or during Spring Clean-Up because it is a non-toxic, water-based paint.  You will need to add an absorbent material such as shredded newspapers, kitty litter, sawdust, or waste paint hardener to your latex paint and let it dry out completely in a well-ventilated area and away from children and pets. Once it is dry, put the container with your garbage with the lid off.

Click here to learn more about how to dispose of items not accepted with your regular garbage service or with Spring Clean-Up.