Hard to Handle Waste
We will remove one bulk item each week, free of charge, on your regular weekly residential pick-up day. Items need to be placed curbside by 6 AM with your collection carts on the day of collection. Items should weigh no more than 50 lbs., and able to be lifted by one person.
Provided below are some guidelines to follow when disposing of bulk items and hard to handle waste.
We will pick-up appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, stoves, dryers, dishwashers and washing machines. Before disposing of these items, Illinois State law requires the doors to be removed.
Microwaves can be disposed of with your regular garbage. Microwaves ARE NOT included in the Illinois E-Waste Landfill Ban. If you prefer to recycle your microwave you can drop it off at a drop-off location – typically at a local business or appliance center. Inquire with your local appliance store for more details.
We will collect mattresses and box springs, furniture, toilets, water heaters, small homeowner generated construction waste, and carpet. When disposing of carpet, it needs to be rolled and tied in 4’ lengths and weigh less than 50 lbs.
Since the adoption of the Illinois Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act in 2012, we are no longer able to collect electronics co-mingled with your regular household waste. This ban includes, but is not limited to; televisions, monitors, printers, computers, keyboards, fax machines, VCRs, portable digital music players, video game consoles, servers, scanners, mice, digital converter boxes, cable/satellite receivers, digital video disc recorders, cell phones, PDAs, computer cables, and zip drives. For a complete list of banned items, visit our E-Waste page.
The following items are banned from recycling facilities and landfills, and should never be placed in garbage or recycling bins:
- Aerosol cans
We will only collect empty aerosol cans that are completely empty and relieved of pressure.
- CFL and Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs
- Junk Tires
- Lithium, rechargeable, button and car batteries
- Motor oil, diesel fuel and gasoline
- Oil based paint
We will collect latex paint. For more information about proper paint disposal visit the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency’s website.
- Pool Chemicals
- Propane Tanks
Prescription bottles are not a part of our curbside recycling program and should be placed in your trash. Never throw sharps in trash or recycling containers. The US Food and Drug Administration says the best way to dispose of expired, unwanted, or unused medicines is through a drug take-back program often available at a local pharmacy. If a take-back program is not available in your area, you can dispose of medication at home. For more information about how to properly dispose of medication, visit the US Food and Drug Administration’s website.