Garbage & Recycling Collection

Garbage and Recycling Updates: Spring 2021
Mark your calendars! The Village of Glencoe is hosting the following garbage and recycling events this spring:

  • Glencoe Sustainability Task Force Donate and Recycle Day: The Glencoe Sustainability Task Force will be hosting its third annual Donate and Recycle Drop-Off Event on Saturday, May 15, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Glencoe Metra southeast commuter parking lot. Find the list of acceptable materials at www.villageofglencoe.org/donateandrecycleday. Please NO electronics at this event.
  • Village-Wide Clean-Up Day: The Village-wide Clean-Up Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 22, 2021. Clean-up days are an opportunity for residents to dispose of "bulk items" that are not generally included in garbage collection such as furniture and appliances. However, hazardous waste (paint, gas, chemicals, etc.), electronics (computers, stereos, etc.), building materials (wood, lumber, drywall, etc.), tires, appliances and landscape waste (trees, branches, logs, leaves, etc.) are not included in this program.
  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event: The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency will be sponsoring a residential household hazardous waste collection event in Glencoe on Saturday, June 12, 2021 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  in the Metra southeast commuter parking lot (290 Park Avenue, Glencoe Il, 60022). All participants must reserve an appointment.
  • Document Destruction and Electronics Recycling Event: Recycle electronics and safely shred documents at the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County’s (SWANCC) Document Destruction and Electronics Recycling Event on Saturday, June 19, 2021 from 9 a.m. to Noon in the Glencoe Metra southeast commuter parking lot (290 Park Avenue, Glencoe Il, 60022). View the list of acceptable material here.
  • Prescription Drugs a Collection Program: To limit exposure to COVID-19, the Village of Glencoe Public Safety Department is not accepting old medications and prescriptions until further notice. Please hold onto these items for now or contact your pharmacy to see if they have a  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. These items may also be disposed of at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection event on Saturday, June 12.

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:

Residential Service


Once Weekly Curbside

$74.59 per quarter

Once Weekly Top-of- Drive

$106.74 per quarter

Twice Weekly Curbside

$122.50 per quarter

Twice Weekly Top-of-Drive

$172.58 per quarter

Combined Yard Waste and Food Scrap Sticker

$2.35 per sticker

Combined Yard Waste and Food Scrap Subscription

$130.30 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. (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

  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.

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. 

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

Combined Food Scrap/Yard Waste Collection

Glencoe's combined curbside yard waste and composting service allows residents to dispose of compostable materials landscape waste and food scraps in a biodegradable paper yard waste bags, or curbside bins between April 1 and December 15. (See list of acceptable food scrap materials here.) 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.

Subscription Service 
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. 

Special Collection Programs

Annual 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. However, hazardous waste (paint, gas, chemicals, etc.), electronics (computers, stereos, etc.), building materials (wood, lumber, drywall, etc.), tires, appliances and landscape waste (trees, branches, logs, leaves, etc.) are not included in this program. 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). 

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 2021 Donation and Recycling Drop-Off Event is scheduled for Saturday, May 15. For more information, click here

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.

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.

Leaf Collection
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 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.

Textile Recycling 
The Village will partner with Simple Recycling to provide free year-round curbside textile recycling to single-family homes starting on Monday, July 12, 2021. Simple Recycling will follow the same route and holiday schedule as Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS).  Residents should place textiles in a Simple Recycling bag at the curbside next to your recycling and garbage on pickup day. Simple Recycling will sent a bag and a flyer to Glencoe residents at the beginning of July. Visit Simple Recycling’s website or call 866-835-5068 to request collection bags or learn what items can be recycled.