Garbage & Recycling

garbage cart imageWheaton residents receive curbside garbage, yard waste and recycling pickup service through Lakeshore Recycling Systems. The program uses garbage and recycling carts that are picked up and electronically scanned by Lakeshore Recycling Systems' trucks. You are charged each time your garbage and recycling carts are picked up and scanned, so you only pay for the amount of waste you produce. The only types of items that will require a sticker are yard waste/organics, garbage that won't fit in your cart, electronics and bulk items.

To Report a Problem:

If you have a problem related to your garbage and recycling service, please contact Lakeshore Recycling Systems at 773-685-8811.

Your Garbage Day

Your pickup day remains the same as the City's previous program. If you are unsure of your pickup day, see the Garbage Day Map (pdf) 

Pickup Times

Place your garbage, recycling and yard waste at the curb between 7 p.m. the night before collection and 6 a.m. the day of collection. Please remove your containers by 7 p.m. on your collection day.

Trash Collection Holidays

The following holidays affect garbage, yard waste and recycling pickup:
  • New Year's Day: No pickup Friday, Jan. 1, 2016
    Pickup for Jan. 1 routes will be one day later.
  • Memorial Day: No pickup Monday, May 30, 2016
    Pickup for all routes will be one day later during the week of May 30-June 3.
  • Independence Day: No pickup Monday, July 4, 2016
    Pickup for all routes will be one day later during the week of July 4-8.
  • Labor Day: No pickup Monday, Sept. 5, 2016
    Pickup for all routes will be one day later during the week of Sept. 5-9.
  • Thanksgiving Day: Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016
    Pickup for Thursday and Friday routes will be one day later.

Garbage Cart Information

Lakeshore Recycling Systems provided a new garbage cart to each household to use with the new program. 

You do not need to use garbage stickers on the new garbage cart. Instead, Lakeshore Recycling Systems uses Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags attached to your garbage and recycling carts to wirelessly “scan” the cart and then charge you a fee per pickup based on the size of your carts.

You will use the new garbage cart alongside the City-issued recycling cart you already have.

If you move, the recycling and garbage carts must stay with the house.

Miscellaneous Cart Fees

Additional cart rental: $3 per month
Cart delivery/exchange/removal fee: $25 

Program Costs

The weekly collection of garbage, recycling and yard waste/leaves/organics will be less expensive for most households. While Wheaton’s previous program included the cost of recycling in the garbage sticker price, the new program separates out the price for each service. Pricing will be as follows:

Garbage:

  • 35-gallon cart: $1.43 per pickup
  • 65-gallon cart: $2.86 per pickup
  • 95-gallon cart: $4.29 per pickup

Recycling:

  • 35-gallon cart: $1.17 per pickup
  • *65-gallon cart: $1.17 per pickup (*This is the standard recycling cart you already use)
  • 95-gallon cart: $1.12 per pickup

Cost Comparison

For comparison, the previous program’s garbage stickers cost $3.62 per bag/container (maximum 33 gallon size), which includes the price of recycling collection. A resident who currently sets out one 33-gallon garbage can or one garbage bag per week and the standard 65-gallon recycling cart will pay $2.60 per week with the new program ($1.43 for 35-gallon garbage cart pick-up + $1.17 for recycling), compared to $3.62 with the previous program.

Billing Information

The City will continue to utilize the Pay-As-You-Throw program, but with NO stickers required for weekly garbage and recycling services. You will receive your first invoice by mail, and it includes information on your payment options and how to set up your online account. Lakeshore Recycling Systems is working on a pre-payment, auto-replenish billing system similar to that used for iPass by the Illinois Tollway Authority.
 

Stickers for Yard Waste/Organics/Bulk Items/E-Waste

In the new program, stickers will only be used for yard waste/organics, excess garbage outside of the cart, electronics and bulk items. Stickers can be purchased at the same retail outlets as they currently are at $2.75 per sticker.

  • One (1) excess bag of garbage: 1 sticker = $2.75
  • Carpeting: 2 stickers = $5.50
  • Bulk Item (mattress, toilet): 5 stickers = $13.75
  • White Good (refrigerator, water heater): 10 stickers = $27.50
  • E-Waste single item:1 sticker = $2.75
  • E-Waste bundle (within brown paper grocery-sized bag): 5 stickers =$13.75
  • E-Waste TV or computer monitor: 10 stickers = $27.50

Larger Garbage Items:

  • Bulk items are items that are too large to fit into your plastic cart. Each bulk item requires 5 garbage/organic stickers attached to it. 
  • Carpet rolls must be no longer than 4 feet in length and 18 inches in diameter and require 2 garbage/organic stickers attached to each roll for collection.
  • White goods, or appliances containing CFC, HCFC, PCB’s, mercury switches or other hazardous components (refrigerators, air conditions, humidifiers, etc.), require 10 garbage/organic stickers to be collected. All white goods will be collected by a separate truck at the end of the day.
  • Do-it-yourself construction or demolition debris will require 5 garbage/organic stickers per stack or 35-gallon container. Stacks must weigh less than 50 pounds, be no more than 4 feet in length and up to 18 inches n diameter. 35-gallon containers cannot weigh more then50 pounds.
  • Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) products are flammable, toxic, corrosive or reactive, and can pose a harmful threat or damage to the environment when disposed of improperly. Items such as paint, pesticides, poisons, cleaning solvents, tainted gasoline, used oil and other automotive fluids are considered to be hazardous waste and should not be included with your regular garbage for disposal. For more information regarding disposal, visit www.dupageco.org.

Recycling Information

Place all acceptable recyclable materials in the blue recycling cart issued to your home, no sorting needed. Please do not place plastic bags in the recycling cart.
 

CAN BE RECYCLED:

Paper & Cardboard:
Newspaper, wrapping paper (remove bows, etc.), magazines, junk mail, notebook and computer paper, stationery, envelopes, brown paper bags, corrugated cardboard (cut into 3-foot squares or smaller), cereal/tissue boxes, frozen food packages, milk cartons, orange juice cartons

Metal Products:
Aluminum cans; aluminum foil and formed containers; steel or tin cans; metal pots and pans

Glass Containers:
Bottles and jars only that are brown, green or clear glass.

 

Plastic Containers:
The following plastic numbers/types are recyclable.
#1 Plastic: Soda, water and flavored beverage plastic bottles (clear and green). Leave cap on.
#2 Plastic: Laundry detergent containers, milk and water jugs
#3 Plastic: Household cleaners, beauty product containers
#4 Plastic: Margarine tubs, six-pack rings
#5 Plastic: Yogurt cups, narrow-neck syrup and ketchup bottles
#7 Plastic: Some water bottles and food containers

 

CAN'T BE RECYCLED:

Scrap metal
Plastic bags, including grocery bags
Mirrors, window glass and Pyrex
Dishes
Light bulbs
Motor oil, anti-freeze, pool chemical or other hazardous waste containers
# 6 Plastic and Styrofoam
 

Excess Recycling

If you have more materials to recycle than will fit in your cart, please mark them for recycling and ensure they weigh no more than 50 pounds. If you consistently generate recyclables in excess of your cart, contact Lakeshore Recycling Systems at 773-685-8811 to arrange the purchase/upgrade to a larger cart or an additional cart.

Yard Waste/Food Scraps/Organics

Yard waste, food scraps and organic materials are collected at the curb from the first full week of April through the second full week of December.

You can use containers no larger than 35 gallons in size or biodegradable paper bags. Each container or biodegradable bag must weigh no more than 50 pounds and must have one yard waste/organics/garbage sticker attached in order to be collected. All of the types of items below use the same type of sticker.

Reminder: It is illegal to pile, blow or rake leaves onto the streets. Doing so can clog storm sewers, preventing them from working properly during a storm and possibly leading to flooding.

Items that can be included with your yard waste/organics collection:

Plants:
  • Floral trimmings
  • Tree trimmings
  • Leaves
  • Grass
  • Brush
  • Weeds
 
Foods:
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Meat
  • Poultry
  • Seafood
  • Shellfish
  • Bones
  • Rice
  • Beans
  • Pasta
  • Bread
  • Baked goods
  • Grains
  • Cheese
  • Eggshells
Other Compostable Items:
  • Waxed cardboard
  • Napkins
  • Paper towels
  • Paper plates
  • Pizza boxes
  • Food-contaminated paper (Ex: Fast-food paper bags)
  • Paper milk cartons
  • Tea bags
  • Coffee grounds/filters
  • Wooden crates
  • Sawdust

Do NOT include: grease, cooking oil, stickers on produce, any sort of plastic, Styrofoam, bottles, cans, aluminum foil, liquids, hazardous waste, cleaning supplies, rags, wooden tools, diapers or pet litter.

If you have questions about what you can/can’t include with your yard waste, contact Lakeshore Recycling Systems at 773-685-8811.

Electronic Recycling

There are two ways to recycle your electronics in Wheaton:

  1. Drop off electronics at the monthly electronic recycling collection at Wheaton's Public Works Storage Yard
  2. Have your electronics picked up at the curb on your garbage day

1. Monthly Electronic Recycling Drop-off Events

Date: Second Saturday of each month
Time: 9 a.m.-noon
Location: Public Works Storage Yard, 820 W. Liberty Drive (just east of the Wheaton Police Department)

Accepted for Recycling:

  • computers and computer equipment (such as PCs, modems, keyboards, scanners and cables),
  • office equipment (such as telephones, copy machines, cell phones),
  • home entertainment systems (such as video game systems, stereo systems, cameras) and
  • small home appliances (such as microwaves, hair dryers, blenders, power tools)
  • cooking oil (for recycling into biofuel)
  • fluorescent tube lights (no CFL light bulbs)
  • car batteries, household batteries
  • scrap metal
See the full list from eWorks Electronic Services Inc. 

Accepted for a Charge:

  • $25 per item for TVs/monitors with screens less than 21 inches 
  • $35 per item for TVs/monitors with screens 21 inches or more 
Note: eWorks Electronic Services Inc. will accept cash or credit card payments at the drop-off (no checks).

NOT Accepted for Recycling:

  • Large appliances
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Hazardous and chemical waste
  • CFL light bulbs

Questions about what is/is not accepted? Contact eWorks Electronic Services Inc. at 847-276-8894.

 

2. Curbside Electronic Recycling Collection

To have your electronics collected at the curb on your garbage day, you must call Lakeshore Recycling Systems at 773-685-8811 at least one day before your garbage day. Place items at the curb with the appropriate sticker by 6 a.m. on your pickup day.

Curbside collection requires the following number of stickers: 

  • E-Waste single item:1 sticker = $2.75
  • E-Waste bundle (within brown paper bag): 5 stickers =$13.75
  • E-Waste TV or computer monitor: 10 stickers = $27.50

For your security, clear off files and information from your computer and devices before placing them at the curb. The City and garbage hauler are not responsible for the security of items placed at the curb. 

Items Accepted for Recycling:

  • Electronics such as televisions, printers, computers, computer monitors, laptops, gaming consoles, docking stations, fax machines, scanners, hard drives, stereos, copy machines, cell phones, keyboards/mice, extension cords, telephones, cameras, network cables, computer cords.
  • Small household appliances such as blenders, microwaves, toasters, alarm clocks, hair dryers, etc. Nearly anything with a cord

Items NOT Accepted for Recycling:

  • Electronics containing liquids or other hazardous materials, including air conditioners, refrigerators and dehumidifiers. (These are considered “white goods” and are collected through a separate program, 10 stickers apiece.)
  • Batteries for cars, boats or sump pumps
  • Smoke detectors (which can only be properly disposed of by returning them to the manufacturer; they are not accepted at electronic recycling collections or hazardous waste sites)
  • Thermostats
  • CFL light bulbs or fluorescent bulbs
  • Gas-powered engines

Christmas Tree Recycling

Christmas trees will be recycled during the weeks of Jan. 2, 2017 and Jan. 9, 2017 at no charge. (Please note that collection will be one day later for all pickups the week of Jan. 2, 2017, due to the New Year's Day observed holiday.) During this free two-week collection period, make sure trees are free of all decorations and are not in plastic bags. After the two-week collection period, you will need to attach 5 garbage/organic stickers to a Christmas tree to have it collected.

Commercial & Multi-Family Waste Haulers

The City licenses commercial waste haulers that service multi-family and commercial properties with a centralized dumpster system. As part of that license, the City requires the waste hauler to collect recyclables from multi-family properties and offer a collection program for all business customers. The following multi-family and commercial waste haulers have been licensed to operate within the City effective July 1, 2014:

Lakeshore Recycling Systems
6132 Oakton St
Morton Grove, IL 60053
773-685-8811

Flood Bros. Disposal Co. (Commercial Only)
17W697 Butterfield Road, Suite E
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
630-261-0400 

Groot Industries
8475 W. 53rd Street
McCook, IL 60525
708-485-0900

K. Hoving Recycling & Disposal, Inc. (Commercial Only)
2351 Powis Rd.
West Chicago, IL 60185
630-377-7000

Molenhouse Enterprises, Inc.
3S080 Talbot
Warrenville, IL 60555
630-836-9100

Republic Services
1330 Gasket Drive
Elgin, IL 60120
847-429-7370

Waste Management
700 E. Butterfield Road, 4th Floor
Lombard, IL 60148
630-652-9050

Garbage & Recycling FAQs

Will Lakeshore Recycling Systems take my old garbage container?
Yes. You may keep your current garbage containers for home storage, or if you do not want them, Lakeshore Recycling Systems will recycle them on your regular collection day. Containers should be labeled “please take.”

How does the RFID technology work?
The garbage cart includes a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chip that allows the garbage/recycling/yard waste trucks to wirelessly “scan” your carts each time they are picked up and emptied, or tipped, into a Lakeshore Recycling Systems truck. This allows you to continue to pay for only the amount you throw out or recycle, without the need to use stickers.

What will stickers be used for with Lakeshore Recycling Systems?
Stickers will not be used for weekly garbage and recycling collection. The same sticker will be used for excess garbage, yard waste/organics, e-waste and bulk items. If you have excess garbage that will not fit in your garbage cart, you must use a garbage/organic sticker for each bag outside of your cart. There is no limit to the number of excess garbage bags that will be collected. Garbage mixed with yard waste/organics cannot be collected.

Can I still use Advanced Disposal stickers?
They will be good through October 15, 2016 for excess garbage, yard waste, bulk items, white goods and/or e-waste.

What can I do with extra Advanced Disposal stickers that I have?
Through Oct. 14, you can either trade Advanced Disposal stickers in for Lakeshore Recycling Systems stickers or receive a refund for Advanced Disposal stickers at the Finance counter of City Hall, 303 W. Wesley St. The Finance counter will be open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with extended hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 7 p.m.

What about large pieces of garbage? Can I still put these out at the curb? Yes.

  • Bulk items are items that are too large to fit into your plastic cart. Each bulk item requires 5 garbage/organic stickers attached to it. Carpet rolls must be no longer than 4 feet in length and 18 inches in diameter and require 2 garbage/organic stickers attached to each roll for collection. 
  • White goods, or appliances containing CFC, HCFC, PCB’s, mercury switches or other hazardous components (refrigerators, air conditioners, humidifiers, etc.), require 10 garbage/organic stickers to be collected. All white goods will be collected by a separate truck at the end of the day.
  • Do-it-yourself construction or demolition debris will require 5 garbage/organic stickers per stack or 35-gallon container. Stacks must weigh less than 50 pounds, be no more than 4 feet in length and up to 18 inches n diameter. 35-gallon containers cannot weigh more than 50 pounds. 
  • Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) products are flammable, toxic, corrosive or reactive, and can pose a harmful threat or damage to the environment when disposed of improperly. Items such as paint, pesticides, poisons, cleaning solvents, tainted gasoline, used oil and other automotive fluids are considered to be hazardous waste and should not be included with your regular garbage for disposal. For more information regarding disposal, www.dupageco.org. 

How does the food scrap/organics program work?
A new option with the City’s garbage and recycling program will be the ability to recycle food scraps. Yard waste and organic material (food scraps) are collected at the curb from the first full week of April through the second full week in December. Each container or biodegradable bag can be a maximum of 35 gallons in size and 50 pounds in weight and must have one garbage/yard waste sticker attached in order to be collected. Grass clippings, brush, plant material and weeds are considered yard waste. Food scraps include fruits, vegetables, dairy, eggs, breads, grains, pasta, cereal, meat, poultry and seafood. Yard waste or food scraps stacked on top of a container will not be collected.

Will the date and time of garbage and recycling collection change for me?
No. Your collection day will stay the same.

Will Lakeshore Recycling Systems pick up our Christmas trees?
Yes. Christmas trees will be recycled during the first two weeks after the holiday at no charge. During this free two-week collection period, make sure trees are free of all decorations and are not in plastic bags. After the two-week collection period, you will need to attach 5 garbage/organic stickers to a Christmas tree to have it collected.

How does Lakeshore Recycling bill us for garbage and recycling services?
The City will continue to utilize the Pay-As-You-Throw program, but with NO stickers required for weekly garbage and recycling services. You will initially receive your monthly bill electronically, which you can pay online or by check. You will also have the option of automatically paying via ACH transfer from a bank account that you authorize. Lakeshore Recycling Systems is working on a pre-payment, auto-replenish billing system similar to that used for iPass by the Illinois Tollway Authority.

If you have other questions, contact Lakeshore Recycling Systems at www.LRSrecycles.com or 773-685-8811.