Yard Waste Disposal / Composting Guide
Due to a state mandate, yard waste, including grass clippings, tree and shrub trimmings and leaves cannot be mixed with regular household refuse. The City's contractor for yard waste disposal is Groot Industries, 2500 Landmeier Road, Elk Grove Village, Illinois 60007, (800) 244-1977.
Collection of yard waste for single and two-family dwellings is made once a week (beginning the first full week of April and continuing through mid-December) at curb or alley on the same day as refuse and recycling collection. Yard waste collection is paid for through the property tax. If you live in a multiple family dwelling, please call the disposal company to find out about the specific collection program for your building.
Please call the Public Works Service Center at (847) 318-5240 with the address.
As of May 1, 2022, the City has a franchise agreement with Collective Resource Compost, 838 Brown Ave., Evanston, Illinois 60202, (847) 733-7665, for food waste disposal.
Collection of food waste is based on the size of your household. Containers are provided. Single-family homes usually use 5-gallon buckets or collect with their friends or neighbors using 32-gallon Neighbor Totes. Households with 3–4 members usually require a weekly pickup. Households with 1–2 members usually require a biweekly pickup. Containers may be placed for swap out in a spot convenient for the customer on the day of swap out. Food waste collection is not paid for through the property tax. Residents contract services directly through the hauler Collective Resource Compost.
For more information or to start/stop service, visit their website or call (847) 733-7665.
Want to compost in your own backyard ?
Composting of plant materials:
Residents are encouraged to compost leaves, grass clippings, pine needles, hay, straw and many other kinds of plant refuse on their property. Food scraps may not be placed in compost piles because the food will attract rodents. Composting is the aerobic biological process that creates humus from decomposed plant material. Composting requires numerous layers of fertilizer, yard waste, soil and lime. A mound of grass is not composting and will create offensive odors.
Note : All compost piles must be placed within a bin using wire or wood fencing or placed in a wooden box, barrel or garbage can.
- If space is available, dig a hole about 12" deep and 4’x4’ wide and encircle it with your fencing.
- Collect leaves, grass and other yard waste to be used in the compost pile.
- Make a 6" deep layer of the yard waste material that is to be composted.
- Sprinkle with fertilizer (commercial fertilizer or manure).
- Cover the yard waste and fertilizer completely with 2" of soil. Sprinkle with lime or wood ashes (from a barbecue).
- Repeat these layers until the container is full or the pile is about 4’ high. (Install the fencing material around the pile to keep it in place).
- Make a small depression on the top of the pile and add a little water.