Refuse and Recycling
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As of May 1, 2016, the City contracts with Groot Industries, 2500 Landmeier Road, Elk Grove Village, Illinois 60007, 800-244-1977, for the collection of residential waste and recycling. The following provides information about residential waste laws and the City's recommendations for the handling, storage, and disposal of all household waste produced.
Frequency of Collection
The collection is made once each week at the curb or alley on the scheduled day for single and two-family dwellings. (Download map) If you live in a multiple-family dwelling, please call the disposal company to find out about the specific collection program for your building.
Park Ridge has a city-wide recycling program that picks up residents’ recyclables the same day as refuse collection.
Due to a state mandate, yard waste, including grass clippings, tree and shrub trimmings and leaves cannot be mixed with regular household refuse. Collection for single and two-family dwellings is made once each week (beginning the first full week in April and continuing through mid-December) on the same day as refuse and recycling collection. Click here for more information about yard waste and composting.
Holidays observed for recycling/garbage pickup are:
- New Year's Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Christmas Day
Time of Collections
The collection is made between the hours of 7 am and 6 pm. Where refuse is collected at the parkway, refuse must not be placed on the parkway prior to 3 pm the day before collection.
All refuse must be stored in the 95-gallon wheeled cart provided by Groot Industries. Refuse carts are available in three sizes: 95, 65, and 35 gallons.
Residents wishing an alternate cart size should call Groot Industries at (800) 244-1977 for information on the cart exchange program. There is no cost to the resident to exchange carts. However, carts may only be exchanged once in a 12-month period.
Additional refuse carts are available for lease through Groot Industries for a quarterly fee. To obtain an additional cart, contact them directly at 800-244-1977. They will deliver the additional cart and bill the resident on a quarterly basis.
Refuse containers shall be kept covered at all times, maintained in good repair, and in a clean and sanitary condition. No container used for refuse storage shall be placed so as to be unsightly, odorous or so as to constitute a nuisance to adjacent properties.
Dumpsters shall be deemed a standard refuse container on property used for multiple families and commercial purposes only.
Refuse Containers on City Parkways and Streets
Refuse may not be placed on City parkways for collection prior to 3 pm the day before collection. Refuse containers or uncollected refuse must not remain upon City parkways or streets more than 24 hours after collection.
The contractor will collect and dispose of materials referred to collectively as refuse, including furniture (1 piece of furniture or 1 mattress set per week) and carpeting up to 40 square yards in total (rolled, not to exceed 5' in length or 45 pounds). All refuse must be containerized unless the item is too large. Please call Groot at (800) 244-1977 to make arrangements and payment for special collections exceeding these limits.
Changes in Electronics Recycling
Due to changes in Illinois's electronics recycling law, beginning January 1, 2012 residents will no longer be able to place any electronic products in their refuse or recycling for disposal. Groot Industries will not collect these items. Please visit swancc.org for a complete list of disposal options and/or locations.
SWANCC has worked with its member communities to provide environmentally-sound recycling for electronics through one-day collection events and permanent drop-off locations. Residents are also able to utilize many retail drop-off locations during evening and weekend hours. For a complete list of options, please visit SWANCC
Current weekly drop-off locations include:
Glenview Transfer Station
1151 North River Road
Saturdays, 9 AM - 11:30 AM
Hazardous Materials Collection
The City collects expired and unused medications, sharps (diabetic needles), for disposal on a monthly basis in cooperation with the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) and the National Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). The City also accepts mercury thermometers, compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), and fluorescent tube bulbs for recycling. Collections are the first Thursday of the month, in the lobby of City Hall, between 8 and 11 am.
It is suggested labels be removed from the prescriptions as a precaution. Sharps need to be in a container and the bulbs should be in plastic bags.
Only over-the-counter medications, prescription medications (not including pharmaceutical controlled substances), and sharps are taken. Pharmaceutical controlled substances may not be collected.
The DEA classifies certain pharmaceuticals as controlled substances. Click here, because of the potential for abuse or addiction. Such drugs generally include narcotics, stimulants, depressants, halogens, and anabolic steroids. Contact the Health Division regarding the disposal of these substances.
For further information, contact the Environmental Health Officer at 847-318-5281.
Construction materials, such as broken concrete, lumber, sod or dirt, etc, over one cubic yard, will not be picked up by the City's contractor. Such material must be hauled away by the property owner or by a private hauler contracted for by the property owner.
White goods are appliances and equipment which include refrigerators, ranges, water heaters, freezers, air conditioners, humidifiers, stoves, clothes dryers, dehumidifiers, ovens, dishwashers, water coolers, heat pumps, chillers, furnaces, and boilers. Homeowners can call Groot at 800-244-1977 to arrange for a special pickup to dispose of any white goods, automobile tires, and truck tires. A disposal fee will be charged for the collection of these items.
No person shall permit refuse, litter, or junk to accumulate on their premises in a manner that creates a nuisance or a hazard. It is unlawful to dump, deposit, or in any other way place trash, grass clippings, tree branches, garden trimmings, stones, bricks, concrete, scrap metal, lumber, or any other discarded materials on any vacant lot, alley, park, parkway, lawn, or other private or public property.
All premises, improved or unimproved, and all open lots, areas, streets, sidewalks, and alleys shall be kept clean and free of all rubbish and materials that might serve as harborage for rodents; all lumber, boxes, barrels, and loose iron, scrap metal, auto bodies, as well as other materials that may be permitted to remain thereon and that may be used as harborage by rodents shall be placed on supports and elevated 12 inches above the ground.
No person shall sweep into or deposit any litter, including leaves, in any gutter, street, or other public places within the City.
If problems should result from Groot Industries work, or if a special pick up is requested, please call the company directly at 800-244-1977. Problems that cannot be resolved by calling the company should be referred to the Park Ridge Public Works Department at 847-318-5227.
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