Garbage and Recycling Collection Changes Due to COVID-19:
- Village Recycling Programs: The Electronic Waste Recycling Drop-Off on Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Public Works Service Building has resumed. The Recycling Vestibule Drop-Off Center in the Public Works Service Building north entrance, including batteries, ink cartridges, cell phones, CFL bulbs, and eye glasses is now open as well.
LRS Resuming Bulk Item Pickup: With the start of Phase 3 in the Governor’s Restore Illinois Plan, Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS) issued updated guidelines to the Village of Glencoe regarding the collection of household waste (garbage and recycling). The week of Monday, June 1, all recycling materials that do not fit in recycling cart will be collected at the curb. Additionally, the collection of bulk items will resume. Remember that bulk items should be less than four feet wide and less than 50 pounds. If possible, place bulk items in a bag and all mattresses must be wrapped. No tires will be accepted. The cost of bulk item pickup is $10/yard and if you have more than eight yards, you would arrange for a roll-off container with LRS. Please contact LRS to schedule a bulk item pick-up at (773) 685-8811 before placing bulk items out for collection. Note: The Village Clean-Up Day will be on Saturday, October 17.
Be Cart Smart! This is a reminder to place your garbage and recycling cart in the parkway for curbside collection. Placing garbage and recycling carts in the street obstructs traffic, reduces street parking for your neighbors and disrupts stormwater flow in the curb gutter. Correct placement of carts on collection day means placing your carts behind the street curb with the wheels facing the house. In areas without sufficient parkway between the curb and sidewalk, position carts to block as little sidewalk as possible. In addition, provide adequate distance between carts to ensure that the collection trucks’ mechanical arms can easily maneuver the pick-up of carts without knocking over adjacent carts or other obstacles.
Recycling and COVID-19 Concerns: To reduce the spread of COVID-19 to our recyclers, the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) advises that if you or a member your household is showing COVID-19 symptoms, bag all recycles, tie bag and place bagged recyclables inside your garbage cart. While much is still unknown about COVID-19, organizations, such as the World Health Organization, are reporting that the virus may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days depending on varying conditions, such as the type of surface or the temperature. By removing potentially contaminated recyclables from the recycling stream, you protect recycling handlers and reduce the possibility that recycling operations are suspended due to outbreaks. If your household is not showing any signs of COVID-19, please continue to recycle by placing empty, clean and loose recyclable inside your recycling cart.
- Village Curbside Clean-Up Day and Donation and Recycling Day Canceled: The curbside Clean-Up Day event and the drop-off Donation and Recycling Day event, both scheduled for Saturday, April 18, have been postponed in an effort to minimize exposure to COVID-19. The next Donate and Recycle Day event is scheduled for Saturday, October 10. The curbside Clean-Up Day will follow the next Saturday, on October 17. (The Village has received some requests to reschedule these events to this summer. Unfortunately, due to current scheduling and the uncertainty about the COVID-19 response, it is not likely the Village will be able to reschedule the spring event for this summer. )
- Prescription Drugs and Sharps Disposal and Collection Program: To limit exposure to COVID-19, the Village of Glencoe Public Safety Department is not accepting “sharps” or old medications and prescriptions until further notice. Please hold onto these items for now and do not dispose of them in the trash or by flushing these items, as these items are a serious hazard for our solid waste collection personnel and our natural environment.
Garbage and Recycling Collection Program
The Village contracts with Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS) to provide comprehensive garbage, recycling and yard waste collection services, as well as a series of special programs to residential properties. LRS bills residents directly on a quarterly basis. 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. The current fee schedule is as follows:
Once Weekly Curbside
Once Weekly Top-of- Drive
Twice Weekly Curbside
Twice Weekly Top-of-Drive
Combined Yard Waste and Food Scrap Sticker
$2.30 per sticker
Combined Yard Waste and Food Scrap Subscription
$127.50 annual fee
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 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.
Garbage Cart/Can Options
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
General Curbside Recycling Program Guidelines
- Recycling in Glencoe is currently collected by Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS). Pick-up is once a week on your regular garbage collection day.
- Place 95-gallon LRS recycling carts at the curb, with handle facing your house, no later than 7 a.m. the day of collection
- Mix all recyclable materials together in the cart, no separation is necessary with single stream recycling, do not bag recycling materials
- Items should be loose in the cart and not placed in a bag.
- List of Acceptable Items
Special Collections (Bulk Items) Guidelines
- To schedule a 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 and be no longer than four feet in length. 24 hour minimum notice is required. The current rate is $10/yard.
- 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. The fee per white good item is $30.
- A special collection can be scheduled on your regular garbage pick-up day or a supplemental pick-up can be scheduled due to an event generating additional regular household garbage.
A garbage collection hardship program is available for those who are unable to bring their garbage carts to the curb.
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
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:
Combined Food Scrap/Yard Waste Collection
Glencoe's combined curbside yard waste and composting service allows residents to dispose of compostable materials such as fruit and vegetable peels, egg shells, coffee grounds, paper napkins and yard waste in a biodegradable paper yard waste bags, or curbside bins between April 1 and December 15. There are two options for utilizing this new service: volume-based (stickers) and subscription (annual payment). Please note, the composting service is available if you do not need yard waste collection.
Yard waste subscribers may place unlimited bags or bundles of combined food scrap and 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 combined food scrap and 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 Grand Food Center. Yard waste is collected on Wednesdays beginning mid-April through mid-December.
Special Collection Programs
The Village's annual curbside leaf collection program begins mid-October and continues through the end of November or later (start and end dates dependent upon leaf fall) . For the third year, the Village's garbage and recycling contractor, Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS), will collect the leaves on behalf of the Village. As you put out leaves for collection, remember the following:
- Pile leaves in a row along the parkway in front of your property. Leaf piles in the street are a traffic hazard and clog the storm sewers, which can cause flooding.
- A long, low row of leaves is better than a single large pile and helps limit the blowing of leaves into the street.
- Crews will make four to five passes through each neighborhood. Watch the Village's "News and Headlines" on the website home page for more updates on start and end dates as well as when crews will be in your area.
- Residents who use a landscape contractor are urged to have the contractor remove leaves at the time their yard is serviced (this is often included).
As a reminder, the use of gasoline-powered leaf blowers is permitted from September 15 to December 15. Commercial landscape maintenance contractors may operate from 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday to Friday and Saturdays from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Work is prohibited on Sundays and holidays. Contact Public Works at (847) 835-4134 with questions.
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
As part of the new contract with LRS, the Village has two Clean-Up Days. In 2020, the spring Clean-Up Day on April 18 has been canceled to limit exposure to COVD-19. The fall Clean-Up Day is scheduled for October 17th. Clean-up days are an opportunity for residents to dispose of "bulk items" that are not generally included in garbage collection such as furniture, appliances, boxes and tires. However, hazardous waste (paint, gas, chemicals, etc.), electronics (computers, stereos, etc.), building materials (wood, lumber, drywall, etc.) and landscape waste (trees, branches, logs, leaves, etc.) are not included in this program.
Donate and Recycle Day Drop-Off Event
Organized by the Glencoe Sustainability Task Force, the Donation and Recycle Drop-Off Event is an effort to divert items that would otherwise go to the landfill on the Village Clean-Up Days. Located at the Southwest Metra Commuter Parking lot, area local organizations take a variety of items for donations and recycling, including furniture, bicycles, and building materials. The Spring 2020 Donation and Recycling Drop-Off Event was canceled due to COVID-19 precautions. The Fall 2020 Donation and Recycling Drop-Off Event is scheduled for Saturday, October 10. For more information, click here.
Unlike the Village's previous program, all bulk items are to be put out on one day for all zones (there is not a different day for Monday/Tuesday and Thursday/Friday zones).
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.
To learn more about how to dispose of items not accepted with your regular garbage collection service, please view SWANCC's Green Pages here >>