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. (The Village of Glencoe no longer collects any garbage, recycling, or yard waste.) 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 an annual clean-up day. The current fee schedule is as follows:
Once Weekly Curbside
$76.06 per quarter
Once Weekly Top-of- Drive
$108.93 per quarter
Twice Weekly Curbside
$125.02 per quarter
Twice Weekly Top-of-Drive
$176.36 per quarter
Combined Yard Waste and Food Scrap Sticker
$2.46 per sticker
Combined Yard Waste and Food Scrap Subscription
$133.56 annual fee
General Garbage Collection Program Guidelines
- Garbage in Glencoe is currently collected by Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS). 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 the regularly 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. (This does not apply to special pickups.)
- 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 32-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 are as follows:
- 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 the 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
- LRS provides special pick-up services at the 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.). To schedule a special collection for oversized items, call Lakeshore Recycling Systems at (773) 685-8811.
- 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. A 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-hour 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 a 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
There are no garbage and recycling collection services for the following Village observed holidays:
- New Year's Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Christmas Day
Your Garbage and Recycling Collection Day may be impacted if one of these observed holidays falls on a weekday. Use the table below to find out if your Garage and Recycling Collection Day will be affected.
(Please note that Yard Waste Collection is ALWAYS on Wednesdays.)
Glencoe's combined curbside yard waste and composting service, provided by Lakeshore Recycling Systems, allows residents to dispose of compostable materials landscape waste and food scraps in biodegradable paper yard waste bags or curbside bins between April 1 and December 15. (See a list of acceptable food scrap materials here.) There are two options for utilizing this service: volume-based (stickers) and subscription (annual payment). Please note, the composting service is available if you do not need yard waste collection.
Landscape waste subscribers may place unlimited bags or bundles of combined food scrap and landscape waste material at the curb each week on Wednesdays from April 1 through December 15. 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, who are not subscribing to the annual combined food scrap and yard waste collection subscription service, must affix blue stickers to each biodegradable paper yard waste bag (no larger than 44-gallons) or bundle of branches/brush. Stickers may be purchased at the Grand Food Center or at Village Hall.
Food Scrap Composting Station
The Village also provides a food scrap composting drop-off station for residents, year-round and at no additional cost. The station is located at 320 Temple Court, behind the Public Works Garage. The station is serviced by Lakeshore Recycling Systems and the list of acceptable materials can be found here. The station is not intended for yard waste and only Kraft paper bags are allowed in the bins. Please do not place any plastic bags in the bins, including "biodegradable" bags.
Special Collection ProgramsAnnual Clean-Up Days
The Village has an annual Clean-Up Day in the spring. The 2021 Clean-Up Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 22. 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, and boxes. However, hazardous waste (paint, gas, chemicals, etc.), electronics (computers, stereos, etc.), building materials (wood, lumber, drywall, etc.), tires, and landscape waste (trees, branches, logs, leaves, etc.) are not included in this program. Unlike the Village's previous Clean-Up Day program, bulk item collection takes place on one day for all zones across the Village. 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.
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 for reuse and recycling. The event is located at the Southwest Metra Commuter Parking lot. Local area organizations take a variety of items for donations and recycling at different stations, including furniture, bicycles, and building materials at this event. The 2021 Donation and Recycling Drop-Off Event is scheduled for Saturday, May 15. For more information, click here.
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 the tree at the parkway behind the curb.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 March 15 to May 15 and 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.