Residential Waste Management in Highland Park, IL

HighlandPark-faqs-thThe City of Highland Park selected Lakeshore Recycling Systems as its exclusive waste and recycling hauler for all residential, commercial and multi-­family properties; a contract which began January 1, 2016.

Lakeshore Recycling Systems provides weekly and bi-weekly collection where customers can choose to do Street-side or Back Door Service on the designated service day. Customers have the option of volume-based service, subscription service once a week or subscription service twice a week. Whatever service option is selected, carts are serviced between the hours of 7a and 7p. Customers must have carts out by 7a on service day.

A $25 container exchange/delivery fee will apply to all residents requiring an additional or different container size.

NEED TO SIGN UP FOR THE ORGANIC COLLECTION SERVICE? Click here to sign up for this collection service for food scraps and yard waste.

NEED TO UPDATE YOUR SERVICE OR CART OPTION? Click here to submit your updated service or cart preference.

WANT TO SIGN UP FOR PAPERLESS INVOICING? Click here to sign up for this convenient and sustainable option.

Please refer to the following links for more information:
The Highlander News Release – PDF
Informational Press Release – PDF
Frequently Asked Questions – PDF
RFID Transition Letter – PDF
Residential Cart Options – PDF
Recurring Payment Authorization Form – PDF
Residential Services and Pricing Brochure
Residential Pricing Grid
Service Map
Holiday Service Schedule

Creating a Recycling Impact in Highland Park

Lakeshore Recycling Systems is proud to service the nearly 30,000 residents who make up
Highland Park. As the City’s sole waste and recycling hauler, Lakeshore Recycling Systems believes in finding innovative solutions that will create a better customer experience and protect the environment. Lakeshore Recycling Systems and Highland Park are one of the first partnerships in the Midwest to adopt innovative technology (RFID) and implement a compost program.

Highland-Park-LRSRFID Technology

In a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) program that started August 1, 2016, volume-based customers no longer have to buy stickers for curbside pickup. RFID technology allows Lakeshore Recycling Systems to track and bill residents without the cumbersome act of buying stickers. An RFID tag is embedded into the trash carts that track the number of times a garbage cart is collected each month. Customers will be billed accordingly.

Organics and Landscape Waste

Highland Park was one of the first cities in Illinois to offer curbside recycling of mixed organic waste (food scrap/landscape). This organics and landscape waste option is available from April 1 to December 15. Please refer to Lakeshore Recycling Systems’ compost flyer to see what is accepted in the program.

NEED TO SIGN UP FOR THE ORGANIC COLLECTION SERVICE? Click here to sign up for this collection service for food scraps and yard waste.

Bulk Items

Highland Park residents are permitted to dispose of one bulk item (up to 50 pounds) per pickup on the same day as service and must be placed by the curb. These items do not include white goods. Lakeshore Recycling Systems asks customers to call the customer service line if the item is over the 50 pound maximum at 773.685.8811 and report what the bulk item is. A call is not necessary if the item is under 50 pounds.

Extra Waste

Trash: Customers can place extra garbage on the side of the trash cart. Extra garbage must be bagged with a sticker. Stickers can be purchased at City Hall and a variety of retail outlets.

Recycling: Customers can place extra recyclables at street-side on the side of the recycling cart. All extra recyclables will be collected at no charge as long as it is less than 1 cubic yard and under 50 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 the City’s exclusive waste hauler, Lakeshore Recycling Systems ensures that Highland Park residents will receive exceptional service. Our commitment to recycling allows us to raise waste industry standards and continue to adopt methods that will create a greener place to live in Highland Park and the surrounding communities.