Garbage & Recycling Collection

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

January 1, 2019 –
November 1, 2019

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 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. 

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. 

Special Collections
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. 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
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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 new 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.

Subscription Service 
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 Village Hall or Grand Food Center. Yard waste is collected on Wednesdays beginning mid-April through mid-December. 

Special Collection Programs

Leaf Collection
The Village's annual curbside leaf collection program begins mid-October (start date dependent upon leaf fall) and continues through the end of November. This 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. Place leaves at the curb by Monday, November 26 for the final collection pass. 
  • 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 Clean-Up Days are scheduled for April 18th and 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. 

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 >>