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Optimizing refuse service provides multiple benefits that support the Village of Skokie’s Environmental Sustainability Plan. After a study conducted by Village staff showed that a majority of residents did not need a second pickup, the Sustainability Environmental Advisory Commission held public listening sessions in November 2021 and then recommended the change. After two public meetings and soliciting input from residents, the Village Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve this plan in November 2022.
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The once-weekly refuse collection program is weekly refuse collection for all Village of Skokie residents living in single-family homes and housing with four or fewer units. Each single-family household is provided with a 95-gallon refuse container for storage of up to 200 pounds of household refuse.
The following items are not allowed:
As announced in the spring edition of NewSkokie, residential refuse collection transitioned to once-weekly on May 1, 2023.
Single-family homes and multi-family housing up to four units will receive refuse service on the same day as their existing recycling service day. View 2023 refuse/recycling service map.
No. Residential service for buildings that have five or more units as well as commercial service will remain the same.
This is a common myth. While recycling efficacy did go down due to COVID, the state-of-the-art recycling plant run by Lakeshore Recycling Systems currently manages to recycle over 70 percent of what it takes in. Through further public education and technological advances, that rate will continue to grow.
The Village of Skokie has a robust rodent management program that includes resident and business education, property inspections and treatment when rat activity is observed. In addition, the Village offers both compost pickup by paid subscription and free compost drop-off sites throughout the community. Removing compostable materials from the refuse toter and placing them in a sealed five-gallon bucket reduces odor and makes the trash less attractive to rodents and other pests.
To further minimize the potential for odors and pests, residents should:
If you find that you have additional bags of trash during a given week, you can place sealed trash bags on top of your toter on collection day, not before. Do not place bags on the ground.
As one of the actions under the Waste Management section of the Environmental Sustainability Plan, the transition to once-weekly refuse collection is intended to encourage residents to reduce the amount of material that is being sent to the landfills by recycling and composting. That being said, we do recognize that there will be some households that truly need a second toter.
Following an initial sixty day once-per-week service start up period, residents can request a second toter online by selecting “Request a new Recycling/Refuse Cart or Lid” or by calling Public Works at 847-933-8427. Properties will be evaluated for a second toter on a case-by-case basis.
The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 25 percent of residential refuse is made up of compostable materials and that 30 to 40 percent is recyclable. Make sure that you are disposing of items appropriately:
Skokie Public Works Phone: 847/933-8427Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Skokie’s neighboring suburban communities already have once-weekly service and Skokie’s refuse fee of $9.25 per month is much lower than theirs which range from $17 to $30 per month. In fact, our current fee covers less than 1/3 of the expense of the program. So, while the refuse fee will remain unchanged, transitioning to once-weekly collection will help minimize rate increases in the long-term.
In addition, a study done by Public Works showed that 85% of single-family households did not need/use the second refuse pickup so instead the Village of Skokie is adding composting services through the new drop-off composting sites and by sponsoring a 15% discount for anyone that signs up for a new annual curbside composting service through Collective Resource.