Village of Winnetka

Residential Recycling Services

In a contract that began on February 1, 2016, Lakeshore Recycling Systems services Winnetka residents through our comprehensive weekly recycling program. The Village of Winnetka Public Works provides garbage pickup on the same schedule. Lakeshore Recycling Systems’ recycling program provides Winnetka residents with the opportunity to support the community by making a positive and environmental impact.

Recycling pickup only occurs at the curb in 95-gallon recycling carts provided by the Village. Lakeshore Recycling Systems provides a weekly Street-side Service from 7a to 5p. Please be advised that customers must have carts out by 7a on the day of service.

Please refer to the following links for more information:
Winnetka Residential Recycling Service Map
Village of Winnetka Recycling Guide

Winnetka Holiday Schedule

Observed holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.


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 recycling material 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


Lakeshore Recycling Systems vows to provide nothing short of exceptional service to the residents of Winnetka. As the Midwest leader in waste and recycling, we aim to raise recycling standards and create a greener place to live in Winnetka and the surrounding communities.