Skokie Refuse Transitioned to Once a Week Collection
May 1, 2023
Questions specifically about the transition to once-weekly refuse collection?
Read the FAQ
What Day Is My Collection?
Refuse and recycling collection occur on the same day for single family homes up to four-unit residential buildings. Carts must be placed out for collection no later than 7 a.m. Crews will not return for late set outs. The north/south boundary is Greenleaf Street and the east/west boundary is Kostner Avenue.
Larger residential buildings are serviced by LRS and service frequency varies for each property.
The Village of Skokie’s observed holidays are listed below.
The Village’s contracted recycling hauler's observed holidays are noted by an asterisk (*). Recycling collection schedules are not affected by Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, or Juneteenth (June 19th).
- New Year’s Day*
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- Presidents’ Day
- Memorial Day*
- Independence Day*
- Labor Day*
- Christmas Day*
The Village has a franchise agreement with the hauler, LRS. Commercial accounts, including residential rentals should set up service directly with LRS at 773/685-6043. All roll-off and dumpsters must also be contracted through LRS.
Why does the Village have a franchise agreement that contracts commercial service to one hauler?
- Economies of scale – efficiencies are gained by contracting with one hauler, which almost always reduces cost
- It allows the Village to have better quality control over hauling services/li>
- It reduces damage to streets and alleys/li>
- It reduces miles traveled, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions
- Visit Skokie’s recycling guidelines to ensure that you are recycling properly. If you are recycling properly and folding down cardboard boxes to maximize space, but still need more room, please submit an online service request (preferred) or call Public Works at 847/933-8427 to request an upgrade for a larger recycling toter.
- Start composting food scraps. Food scraps make up about 25% of the average household waste and release methane gas, a potent greenhouse gas when landfilled. The Village offers free food scrap compost drop of sites, a subscription curbside service, and a rebate on backyard compost bins.
- Recycle or repurpose your textiles. Schedule a pickup with the Village’s textile recycling partner, Simple Recycling. Textiles must be clean, but holes, frays, and missing socks are all OK. Visit the website for a full list of accepted textiles and other items.
- Subscribe to SkokiEnews for information on special events and recycling collections such as Spring Greening, holiday lights collection, and more.
- Check out SWANCC’s extensive Reuse and Recycle map-based directory to learn how to properly dispose of many other items.
Residents may submit an online service request (preferred) or call Public Works at 847/933-8427 . There is a short evaluation period for requests to allow time for staff to assess the waste needs of the household.
A major goal regarding the change to once-weekly refuse service is to reduce landfill waste. A staff member will inspect a household’s recycling and refuse toters to ensure that the household is recycling properly, reasonably folding down boxes or other items, and is educated on the Village’s food compost programs. Residents who are recycling properly but do not have enough toter capacity will be upgraded to a free, larger 96-gallon recycling toter.
- Yard waste or grass clippings
- Household Hazardous Waste such as oil-based paint and paint thinner, aerosol paint, pesticides, mercury, gasoline and other vehicle fluids, fluorescent light bulbs, medications, and lithium and rechargeable batteries
- Latex paint in liquid form
Add kitty litter to dry paint into a solid before disposal.
- Construction debris
Residents are allowed to place one or two heavy duty contractor bags or up to one cubic yard of debris out for collection for a few consecutive weeks for very small homeowner projects. Nails must be removed or pounded flat. Material from any contractor project or larger homeowner projects is not allowed in Skokie’s weekly collection. Residents are allowed to bring construction debris and other landfill waste to the SWANCC transfer station for a reasonable fee. If the construction debris is excessive or continues for more than a few weeks, staff will require proper disposal.
it is against the law to landfill electronics such as televisions, computers, printers, and more. Skokie residents can drop off electronics at the SWANCC Glenview Transfer station free of charge. Many commercial retailers such as Best Buy, office stores, or Abt Electronics offer electronics recycling, but call ahead for a list of acceptable items and possible fees. The Park District, Village, and other community partners host a free electronics recycling event called Spring Greening annually.
- Dust, ash, or particle matter
Must be bagged and securely fastened and in refuse cart
- Hypodermic needles
Must be placed in sharps containers
The Village will accept one bulk item such as a couch or mattress, or two smaller bulk items (chairs, end tables, appliances such as an oven or washer) per week. Please call in bulk items ahead of time at 847/933-8427. Place item out by 7 a.m. on your scheduled collection day. Do not place bulk items out more than 24 hours in advance. Do not place bulk items out during a holiday week. Mattresses must be wrapped in plastic (shrink wrap plastic can be purchased at home improvement stores). Residents are allowed to bring construction debris and other landfill waste to the SWANCC transfer station for a reasonable fee.
If you are disposing of carpeting, cut it in lengths to six feet or less and rolls should not exceed 18 inches in diameter. The Village will accept about the amount of one small room or an area rug. Larger projects must be disposed of contractually, or residents may bring construction debris and other landfill waste to the SWANCC transfer station for a reasonable fee.
Large collections require a dumpster and are the resident’s responsibility. Dumpsters can be obtained through the Village’s commercial hauler, LRS at 1-844-NEED-LRS. Small move outs (a few bulk items) must be scheduled prior to setting the items out by calling Public Works at 847/933-8427. Residents are allowed to bring construction debris and other landfill waste to the SWANCC transfer station for a reasonable fee.