The City uses a Pay-As-You-Throw program through Lakeshore Recycling Systems. Lakeshore offers online payment options at www.lrsrecycles.com or call 773-685-8811.
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The garbage and recycling carts each include 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 into a Lakeshore Recycling Systems truck. The chips are tied to your account, which allows you to pay for just the weeks you set out garbage and recycling.
The City’s program only uses stickers for yard waste/leaves/organics, bulk items, excess garbage that won’t fit in your garbage cart, e-waste, and bulk items. All of these types of items use the same kind of sticker. There is no limit to the number of excess garbage bags that will be collected. Garbage mixed with yard waste/organics will not be collected.
No. Lakeshore will not accept stickers from previous garbage haulers.
The City’s garbage and recycling program offers the ability to recycle food scraps in with your yard waste 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, leaves, 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.
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 1 garbage/organic sticker to a Christmas tree to have it collected.