City of Blue Island

Residential Waste and Recycling Services

In a contract that began on July 1, 2017, Lakeshore Recycling Systems serves as the City of Blue Island’s exclusive residential garbage and recycling service provider. Lakeshore Recycling Systems provides weekly street-side collection. Each resident has been supplied with one 95-gallon container for trash serviced 1x/ week and one 95-gallon container for recycling serviced 1x/ week.

Blue Island residents are serviced between 7a and 6p; carts must be out no later than 7a on the specified service day.

Please be advised that while residential waste and recycling services are invoiced through the City, the customer is directly responsible for any private services. For private services, the customer must initiate account setup and prepay for the service by credit card.

Please refer to the following link for more information:
Holiday Service Schedule
Blue Island Service Map Schedule
Blue Island News Coverage

Bulk Item, White Goods, E-waste Services and Equipment Exchanges

For Bulk items, white goods and electronic waste, please contact the City of Blue Island directly.

For any equipment exchanges, contact the City of Blue Island.

Landscape Waste

Available from April 1 to November 30, Lakeshore Recycling Systems provides a simple option for landscape waste collection. Landscape waste is collected street-side. Landscape waste must not exceed 35 gallons and service is limited to ten kraft bags, 60 pounds in weight. Branches must be bundled with biodegradable string/ twine not exceeding four feet in length, 36 inches and 60 pounds.

Single-Stream Recycling

Having opened Chicagoland’s state-of-the-art single-stream recycling center in 2016, Lakeshore Recycling Systems focuses on waste diversion to recycle more and send less waste to landfills. Lakeshore Recycling Systems vows not to own or operate a landfill and is committed to making the surrounding communities a greener place to live.

Lakeshore Recycling Systems has a single-stream recycling center dedicated to sorting and separating recyclables. This 40,000 square-foot facility is designed to handle more than 110,000 tons of high-grade residential and commercial single-stream recyclables, sorting, separating and allocating over 20 tons of waste per hour.

Take a virtual tour of Lakeshore Recycling Systems’ state-of-the-art single-stream recycling center.

Recycle Tips

Curious about LRS single-stream recycling? Click here to download the flyer for more information.

Curious about LRS single-stream recycling? Click here to download the flyer for more information.

  • Recyclable plastic items are #1 – #7 except #6.
  • Recycling materials should be loose and not bagged. If you must use a bag, it needs to be transparent. Black bags will be considered contaminated.
  • Containers that have previously stored liquid or food should be emptied. Food and liquid containers do not have to be rinsed unless it was previously filled with a heavy substance. Examples of heavy substance products include tomato paste, peanut butter and vegetable oil.
  • Lids and caps from plastic bottles and glass jars is preferred to remain intact prior to recycling.
  • To limit the amount of space used, break down any cardboard boxes into pieces.
  • The following items are NOT recyclable although they are made from paper, plastic and cardboard:
    • Pizza boxes
    • Styrofoam
    • Paper plates
    • Plastic cups (i.e. Solo cups)
    • Paper towels
    • Plastic grocery bags

 

As we continue to enhance our service areas, we are confident that our partnership with the City of Blue Island will continue to grow as well. With a recycling mentality, Lakeshore Recycling Systems and Blue Island are working together to create a more sustainable place to live.