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.