Elmwood Park

Village of Elmwood Park Residential Waste and Recycling Services

Beginning May 1, 2019, Village of Elmwood Park residents will notice a new hauler providing waste, recycling and yard waste services.  That company: Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS), a local hauler that has been servicing Chicagoland for nearly 20 years.

The transition of services will begin in late April, when residents will notice a waste cart delivered to the curbside of their homes.  Carts will be the same size that have been used in the past.

What is Changing?

In short, not much. But things will be more convenient.

Service days and cart sizes will remain the same, however, basic services will remain the same but stickers will no longer be needed for extra waste generated. This is a big benefit to residents!

Yard waste will also be collected without the need for stickers.

Who is LRS?

LRS is one of the Midwest’s largest privately-held waste and recycle haulers. For over 20 years, LRS has been an industry leader in waste diversion and recycling initiatives which has led to less material ending up in landfills, and more material being redirected into the recyclable stream. Beyond conventional waste services, LRS is also Illinois’ leader in roll-off container services, portable restrooms, and street-sweeping services. These options enable us to offer residents and customers a complete-the-project option the way no other hauler can. With operations in Illinois and Wisconsin, LRS owns and operates nearly 15 material recovery facilities (MRFs), complimented by a fleet of nearly 600 fuel-efficient trucks. We operate at the highest industry standards, and take pride in finding ways and solutions that are consistent with our mission of sustainability, and value to our customers.

We look forward to partnering with the great community of Elmwood Park. We understand that the Village and its residents have high standards when it comes to waste, recycling and yard waste services, and will dedicate ourselves to exceeding them.

Billing Information

There are no billing changes at this time. Residents will still be billed on the water bill for their refuse service.

LRS Contact information

Key Dates


LRS will begin delivering residents new waste carts (curbside delivery)

MAY 1, 2019

New service with LRS begins

Holiday Schedule

Holiday collection service will be provided one day later than the normal schedule, on the holidays listed below. 

  • New Year’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

Click here for more information regarding LRS’ holiday schedule.

General Collection Guidelines

Your collection day will remain the same. All garbage, recycling and yard waste will be collected between the times of 7AM and 7PM on your collection day. Please place all items on your curbside or alleyway between 7PM the night before, and 6AM the day of collection. Containers must be removed from the curbside/ alleyway by 7PM on your collection day.


There is no limit to the amount of garbage bags we will collect. Please note: garbage mixed with yard waste, leaves or organic material will not be collected, as this material is not permitted in State of Illinois Landfills.


Bulk items will be collected without the need for stickers.  If an item exceeds 50lbs, residents may need to call LRS to schedule a special pickup.  If a “bulk” item is considered hazardous, unacceptable for landfills or deemed unacceptable to take as garbage, the item(s) will not be taken. Mattresses must be completely wrapped to be collected. Please call LRS to see if such items can be scheduled for a special pickup.


“White Goods” are appliances that contain CFC, HCFC, PCBs, mercury switches or other hazardous components (refrigerators, air conditioners, humidifiers etc). 


If an item exceeds 50lbs, residents may need to call LRS to schedule a special pickup.  Any items less than that should be bundled (ei. carpet) or placed in the container. If an item is considered hazardous, unacceptable for landfills or deemed unacceptable to take as garbage, the item(s) will not be taken. Paint cans should be emptied or mixed with kitty litter to dry out the paint.


As has been the case in the past, residents are encouraged to co-mingle acceptable recyclable items in their recycling carts. All food-based recyclables should be rinsed. Plastic bags are not recyclable, and should not be placed in recycling carts. There is no limit to the amount of recyclables that residents can put out each week for collection. As is the case with waste items, recyclable items must be under 50lbs. LRS may reach out to residents who regularly generate more recyclables than will fit in their carts to recommend a larger or second container.


Yard waste collection will remain seasonal, starting April 15th, and ending on December 1st.  Residents may continue to use brown craft bags for collection.  Stickers will not be needed.  Please place brush, limbs, branches or trimmings in bundled or twined stacks no larger than 4’ in length and 18” in diameter, at your collection point.


Residents will be allowed to place Christmas trees out for collection starting the first service day after December 25th.

Want to learn more about Lakeshore Recycling Systems?

Service Update

With the recent spike around our country and community of COVID cases, we may experience service delays in your area. The safety of our employees and our customers is our highest priority and we will work to ensure you are serviced as close to the expected service date as possible.

If you have any questions regarding this potential delay, please email Service@LRSrecycles.com.

Please stay safe and healthy!

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