Highland Park: Waste, Recycling & Yard Waste/compost Collection Information
As of January 1, 2016, LRS has been Highland Park’s waste, recycling and yard waste/compost hauler for all residential, commercial and multi-family properties.
Residential Service Schedule
Primary Day (Once a Week)
Second Day (Twice a week)
Hours of Collection
The collection begins at 7:00 AM. Please have your materials ready in their appropriate locations at that time. For the sake of appearance, please put your materials out no earlier than 7:00 PM the evening before your scheduled pick-up. Note: Pick-up times will vary with routing changes or extreme weather conditions.
The “base fee” is a monthly fee on all property owners in Highland Park, regardless of whether services are active or not. The current monthly fee of $7.50 (raised every April), is part of the LRS contract with the city and allows for residents to select from multiple program options to best fit their needs. In addition, the base fee helps to cover the cost of refuse and recycling trucks on the street, service to communal properties and receptacles, and waste services at City-sponsored events.
Curbside RFID Volume-based Service:
35-gallon trash cart $2.50 per service + base fee $7.50
65-gallon trash cart $5.00 per service + base fee $7.50
95-gallon trash cart $7.50 per service + base fee $7.50
Backdoor Volume-based Service:35-gallon trash cart only $2.50 per service (sicker is required) + $32.50 per month ($25.00 backdoor charge + base fee $7.50)
Curbside Subscription Service:(1) 35g or 65g *trash cart + (1) 35g, 65g, or 95g recycle cart *Customer may choose a 95g trash cart for an additional premium fee of $5.52 per month
1x per week service $23.97 per month ($16.47 per month + base fee $7.50)
2x per week service $61.50 per month ($54.00 per month + base fee $7.50)
Backdoor Subscription Service:(1) 35g trash cart + (1) 35g or 65g recycle cart
1x per week service $44.01 per month ($36.51 backdoor charge + base fee $7.50)
2x per week service $82.50 per month ($75.00 backdoor charge + base fee $7.50)
Organics & 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 LRS’ compost flyer to see what is accepted in the program.
Subscription Service $160 for 2022 season
Volume-based (Sticker) $2.50 sticker per 32g cart, kraft bag, or bundle not exceeding 4 feet in length, 24 inches in diameter and 50lbs in weight
2021- 2022 Winter Compost Collection Schedule
WEST OF 41 SCHEDULE: DECEMBER 22, JANUARY 5, JANUARY 19, FEBRUARY 2, FEBRUARY 16, MARCH 2, MARCH 16, MARCH 30
EAST OF 41 SCHEDULE: DECEMBER 29, JANUARY 12, JANUARY 26, FEBRUARY 9, FEBRUARY 23, MARCH 9, MARCH 23
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, electronics, items over 50 pounds (requiring two employees to lift safely) or construction debris. For these items, LRS asks customers to call the customer service line at 844-633-3577 or email Service@LRSrecycles.com.
Carpet is considered construction debris and must be in rolls less than 4 feet in length and 18 inches in diameter. For proper carpet disposal, we ask that the customer calls the customer service line at 844-633-3577 to arrange for a special pickup.
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 the 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.
Additional Carts: $3.25 per cart per month rental
Extra Waste: $2.50 sticker per 32-gallon bag
Bulk Items: $15.30 per yard – 2yd minimum (prescheduling is required if over 50 lbs in weight)
Appliances: $42.50 per appliance (prescheduling is required)
Construction Debris: $30.60 per yard (prescheduling is required)
Annual Spring Clean-Up/ Bulk Item Pickup
Spring clean-up is offered year-round through LRS bulk item pickup service. 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. The following items will not be collected during spring clean-up or the weekly bulk item collection: White goods, electronics, items over 50 pounds (requiring two employees to lift safely), or construction debris. Please contact us at 844-NEED-LRS or email Service@LRSrecycles.com for arranging pickup.
Carpet is considered construction debris and must be less than 4 feet in length and 18 inches in diameter. For proper carpet disposal, please contact us to arrange for curbside service.
Mattresses that are placed out for removal should be wrapped and sealed. Shrink-wrapping is optimal, but plastic bags that have been taped together is acceptable too. This will help drivers avoid bed bug issues and/or mattresses difficult to lift due to soaking up rain or water.
2022 Spring Clean-Up Dates
If your collection is Monday, your Clean-Up Day is Saturday, APRIL 23
If your collection is Tuesday, your Clean-Up Day is Saturday, APRIL 30
If your collection is Thursday, your Clean-Up Day is Saturday, MAY 7
If your collection is Friday, your Clean-Up Day is Saturday, MAY 14
LRS will not be taking the following items:
More than 1 cubic yard of Construction material
White Goods (refrigerators, stoves, etc.)
Electronic Recycling Pickup
LRS will collect one large electronic item under 50lbs (televisions, monitors, computers, speakers, etc.) or three small electronic waste items (phones, computer mice, radios, adding machines, etc.) on the first customer collection day of each month. Please contact us for information regarding large or small-sized electronic waste options.
Highland Park & the Environment
As the City’s exclusive waste hauler, LRS ensures that Highland Park, Illinois’ residents will receive exceptional service. Highland Park’s Rosewood and Park Avenue beaches are much more beautiful when they are not littered with trash. Our commitment to recycling allows us to create a greener place to live in Highland Park and the surrounding communities. By partnering with us and using our dumpsters, portable bathrooms, street sweepers, mulch, and on-site storage we guarantee your remodeling or construction project will be handled with the utmost professionalism. Our stellar reputation has been built around outstanding customer service, fair pricing, on-time deliveries and our unwavering commitment to the environment. Our nearby recycling and transfer center in Northbrook is just a short drive away.