Refuse, Recycling and Yard Waste Collection
A 95-gallon refuse container is provided to each single-family household for storage of up to 200 pounds of household refuse, with the exception of electronics, batteries, tires, motor oil, transmission fluid, anti freeze, other hazardous materials and construction debris left by contractors or large do-it-yourself jobs. General household refuse is collected twice per week.
If you live north of Greenleaf Street, refuse is collected on Monday and Thursday. If you live south of Greenleaf Street, refuse is collected on Tuesday and Friday.
Collections are made in the alley where alleys are present and at the curb in the front of the house where alleys do not exist. Refuse should not be set out prior to 6 p.m. the night before collection. Refuse carts can not remain at the curb past 6 p.m. the night of collection. In order to ensure collection, refuse containers must be set out by 7 a.m. on the scheduled collection day.
Lakeshore Waste Services is contracted to handle the Village's Commercial Refuse Collection Program. For more information, contact Lakeshore Waste Services at 773/685-8811 or click here.
Skokie residents have the opportunity to make a significant contribution to the environment through the Village's comprehensive weekly recycling program. Residents are provided with 65-gallon carts for recyclable materials. Recycling collection is provided by Groot Industries, who has been contracted by the Village. For information on Groot's recycling collection and single stream recycling processing, visit www.Groot.com. Collection of recyclable materials occurs every week in single-family residential areas. The total weight of the filled cart should not exceed 150 pounds. Please flatten large boxes and place them next to the cart. Please DO NOT mix garbage or landscape waste in the recycling cart. In curbside collection areas, set out recycling containers by 7 a.m. on the day of pickup, but not before 6 p.m. the night before collection.
Click here to view a video entitled Recycling 101 - The Dos and Don'ts.
Yard Waste Collection
Yard waste collection for the 2015 season has ended and will begin again in April 2016.
The Village does not collect grass clippings, dirt or sod as part of the Yard Waste Program.
Village of Skokie Yard Waste Collection Quick Facts
- Yard Waste Collection Guidelines
- Yard Waste Collection Brochure: includes changes, information and guidelines.
- Yard Waste Collection Frequently Asked Questions brochure
- "Greenscaping" Your Lawn and Garden, an EPA publication.
- Grass clippings, dirt or sod will NOT be collected. Residents who wish to dispose of these materials will need to contact a private landscaper for disposal options.
- Skokie residents are asked to mulch their grass clippings by letting them lay on the lawn after weekly mowing.
- Brush and other yard debris will be collected on Wednesday of each week by request only from early April through mid-November.
- To schedule a collection of brush or other yard debris, residents must call 847/933-3333 by noon on Monday to request collection for the coming Wednesday. This is an automated system and messages can be left during daytime, weekend and evening hours. Residents also can request collection online.
- Residents who do not request collection will not receive service.
- Yard debris eligible for collection includes bush trimmings, thatch, old flower or vegetable plants. leaves, weeds and branches.
- Yard waste must be placed in a biodegradable paper yard waste bag.
- Brush should be bundled with string, rope or twine, with branches not exceeding 5 feet in length and 3 inches in diameter and shall not exceed 40 pounds.
- Loose yard waste or yard waste placed in plastic bags will not be accepted for collection.
Questions? Please call 847/933-8427 or visit the Village's homepage at www.skokie.org for program updates.
Commercial Refuse and Recycling
The Village approved a solid waste contract with Lakeshore Recycling Systems for the Village's Commercial Refuse and Recycling Program. Lakeshore began serving franchise customers on February 1, 2012.
Commercial recycling remains a major program goal. The Village encourages businesses to take advantage of the recycling opportunity to possibly further reduce refuse service costs.
For more information, contact Lakeshore Recycling Systems at 773/685-8811 or click here.
Remodeling waste from small do-it-yourself projects by the homeowner will be collected by Village crews and is limited to one cubic yard of material per set-out. All the containerized items must be placed in bags or boxes, and be of sufficient strength to hold the materials. Bagged, boxed, and bundled materials must not exceed 40 pounds and should be placed in the same area where your refuse is normally collected.
For all contract construction jobs, large do-it-yourself projects, or when materials placed for collection exceed one cubic yard, homeowners must make arrangements with their contractor or make arrangements with a private hauler for debris disposal.
Household Hazardous Waste
Many of your household hazardous waste can be recycled at your Skokie Ace Hardware, 5035 Oakton Street. Click here to see what you may recycle. For information on hazardous waste drop-off locations or other specialized recycling events, visit www.swancc.org. Residents can recycle CFLs or old batteries at the Skokie Health Department, located on the lower level of Village Hall, 5127 Oakton Street, between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Click here to view a video entitled How to Get Rid of Paint and Household Chemicals.
ComEd Wants You to Know About Safe Recycling & Disposing of CFLs
CFLs save money and help the environment. ENERGY STAR rated CFLs use up to 75 percent less electricity than incandescent bulbs and last up to 10 times longer, preventing greenhouse gas emissions that lead to global climate change. Mercury is an essential component of CFLs and is what allows the bulb to be an efficient light source. No mercury is released when the bulbs are intact or in use. ComEd encourages all customers to properly dispose of burned out or broken CFLs.
If a bulb breaks: There is little danger from a single bulb breaking – the amount of mercury in a CFL is less than 5mg, roughly the size of a tip on a ballpoint pen. However, as a precaution, take the following steps to dispose of a broken CFL:
- Open the window and leave the room for 15 minutes or more.
- Do not use a vacuum cleaner – wear gloves and scoop the fragments with cardboard and place them in a puncture-proof, tightly sealed container such a glass jar. On carpet, use sticky tape to pick up small pieces and powder.
- Wipe the area clean with damp paper towels.
- Place all clean-up materials in the sealed container and bring them to the Skokie Health Department, 5127 Oakton Street. Wash your hands after the clean-up and disposal of the sealed container.
If you must vacuum, remove the vacuum bag after cleaning, put it in two sealed bags and place in the outdoor trash for normal disposal. Source: Environmental Protection Agency, www.energystar.gov
Battery Recycling Program
The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) recently established a Battery Recycling Program for rechargeable and alkaline batteries. Old batteries can be dropped off at the Skokie Health Department, 5127 Oakton Street.
Common household batteries are no longer accepted at Illinois EPA-sponsored household chemical waste events and facilities, due to their benign nature and high recycling costs. On the other hand, rechargeable batteries contain heavy metals, which pose a threat to our environment and have a marketable recyclability.
Click here to view a video entitled SWANCC's Programs for Special Materials.
Batteries Accepted in SWANCC's Program:
- Alkaline: AA, AAA, C, D and 9V
- Rechargeable: NiCd, NiMh, lithium ion, lithium polymer - Before dropping off rechargeable batteries, residents need to tape the contact points on each battery or place them in an individual self-locking plastic bag to avoid sparks.
Health Department Recycling Opportunities
The Skokie Health Department has a variety of recycling/disposal programs available to residents. These include expired/unused medicine disposal, used syringe disposal, compact fluorescent light bulb recycling and household battery recycling. Call the Health Department at 847/933-8252 for more information about these programs.