Current WM Program - Expiring April 30, 2021

Residential Garbage and Recycling Pickup and Removal

The current  contractor is Waste Management, who can be contacted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at (800) 796-9696. All refuse, yard waste, and recycling must be at the curb by 6 a.m. on the pickup date. Refuse, yard waste, or recycling put out late will not be picked up. Landscape waste collection runs from April 1 to November 30.

If a holiday falls on a weekday and the regularly scheduled pickup is on or after the holiday, pickup will be delayed by one day. If a holiday falls on a weekend but is observed on a weekday, pickup will be delayed by one day. Friday pickups will be on Saturday. Collection services will not take place on January 1, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, December 25. Christmas trees will be picked up the first two weeks of January, no stickers required. Trees must be clean of all decorations and lights and not in bags. Trees larger than 6ft must be cut in half.

View Waste Management Contract (PDF).

View Refuse Pickup Map


Stickers may be purchased at the following locations. Some retail locations may charge an administrative fee:

  • City Hall, 3S258 Manning Ave*
  • Family Foods, 2S501 Route 59
  • Hometown Pantry, 3S029 Route 59
  • Jewel Food Stores, 177 Roosevelt, West Chicago
  • Ace Hardware, 2S541 Route 59

*During emergency declaration, residents can drop off a check in the City Hall vestibule.  Please include the number of sticker sheets you would like and "Refuse Stickers" written in the memo field.  Stickers will be mailed to you.

Refuse ServiceFee
Refuse Stickers1$5.22
Yard Waste Stickers2$5.22
Toter Service (95-Gallon Container) - Per Month for Refuse$22.95
Toter Service (95-Gallon Container) - Per Month for Yard Waste$27.54
Bulk Items4$25.00/cubic yard
White Goods (Residential Appliances such as Refrigerators) - Per Item$35.00
Recycling (Paper, Plastics, Aluminum, Tin / Steel, Glass, Items 1-5)Free
Specialty Items (Construction Materials)5$20.00

Refuse in a 35 gal. container, weighing 50 lbs or less will require one sticker, 36-64 gal. toter requires 2 stickers and 65+ gal. toter requires 3 stickers.  Any container over 35 gal. must be a toter with a tipper bar.

Residents may put decals on their garbage cans for yard waste instead of buying yard waste bags. Decals can be obtained free at City Hall.

For bulk item pickup, call customer service at (800) 796-9696. Bulk items include furniture, mattresses, bicycles, carpeting, etc.

5 For specialty item pickup, call customer service at (800) 796-9696.

Curbside Recycling

Recycling needs to be contained in plastic recycling bins or containers 18 gallons in size or less, or cans that are 34 gallons in size or less labeled "recycle." "Recycle" labels are available at City Hall for free. Recycling must weigh less than 50 pounds or be in recycling carts with wheels (toters). Recycling carts of 64 gallons can be rented from Waste Management for $3.00 per month; simply call (800) 796-9696. Cardboard boxes are not acceptable recycling containers. Weather and rodents can break down cardboard and spread debris along the street. Anyone using receptacles that do not meet the requirements will not be serviced.

All recycling material must be clean; it cannot be contaminated with food items, trash, or yard waste. Contaminated items will not be picked up. View a list of the most common recyle contaminants (PDF). Plastic bags (garbage bags, shopping bags, zip-lock bags, bread bags, newspaper bags, etc.) and plastic film (shrink-wrap, plastic wrap around cases of water bottles, packing pillows, bubble wrap, flexible plastic food packaging, etc.) are excluded from the recycling program. Recycle all bottles, cans, paper and cardboard. Not sure what can be recycled, view an easy guide to recycling

Remember to make sure recycling is not contaminated. Residents are recycling, but not always correctly. Even with the best of intentions, sometimes items get placed in recycling bins erroneously. As a result, these materials end up in landfills, rather than being converted into reusable items. The wrong materials can also jam up the works at recycling facilities. Please take a moment to watch a recycling video that provides three simple recycling tips that can make a big difference today and every day.

View additional recycling information for items that are excluded from the residential curbside recycling program, including styrofoam, electronics, plastic bags, hazardous waste, and prescriptions.