NORTH CHICAGO SERVICE
City of North Chicago Refuse, Recycling & Landscape Waste Collection Program
Effective November 1st 2022, garbage, recycling and landscape waste will be collected Monday-Friday, every week, in North Chicago, please reference the map below to confirm your collection day. NOTE: Your service day may have changed from the previous hauler. Service times may vary. Please have all materials placed curbside by 6AM to ensure collection.
LRS provides refuse (garbage), recycling and landscape waste services for North Chicago. LRS is a privately-owned company headquartered in Rosemont, Illinois with locations throughout Illinois and Wisconsin. We are proud to be a partner in your community!
Please confirm with the map above for your designated service day. A Brochure confirming your service day was mailed to all homes at the start of the program. A copy of the brochure (not including service day) can also be found above.
All garbage, recycling and landscape waste will be collected starting at 6AM on the service day. Service times are subject to change. LRS provides wheeled carts with a flip-top lid and handlebar to throw your garbage in. All garbage carts are 95-gallon in size. Upon delivery of new LRS carts during implementation, a cart hanger will be attached to the cart that also confirms service day for your specific address. Residents may request an additional garbage cart by contacting the City of North Chicago.
There is no limit to the amount of garbage LRS will collect (so long as it is properly contained). Residents may use a non-LRS cart or container for waste or recycling materials if it does not exceed 32 gallons, 50 lbs. and has two handles.
LRS provides one cart for recycling at no charge for each household. Carts are available in the 65-gallon size. Additional carts are available upon request to the City. Contact LRS Customer Service for more information or with questions on recycling.
® Recyclables are collected on the same day of the week as the garbage and yard waste
® Each home will automatically receive a 65-gallon cart for recyclables
® You are to use the LRS issued cart first for recycled materials
® Please MARK the additional box or container used as RECYCLE so the driver can clearly see it
® Plastic bags with recycling material will not be accepted
® There is no limit to the amount of acceptable recyclable items that can be placed out for collection, provided they are properly prepared and contained
® LRS suggests using a cardboard box as a makeshift bin and placing all broken down materials in the ‘bin’ if needed
® Rental recycling bins are available upon request to the city in the larger size (95-gallon)
Landscape waste is collected seasonally beginning on April 1st through December 15th on the same service day as your garbage and recycling.
What is considered landscape waste?
Landscape waste, also known as yard waste, consists of organic waste materials accumulated as the result of cultivation and maintenance of gardens, lawns, shrubbery, trees, and vines. All residential customers will be permitted to place up to six (6) bags, bundles, or containers per collection.
Approved landscape waste containers or bags
® Bundles tied in biodegradable twine or string not to exceed 4’ length, 24” in diameter
® Bundles should not exceed 50 lbs when full
® Brush under two inches (2”) in diameter
® Personal metal or plastic containers not exceeding 32 gallons or 50 lbs when full
® Kraft bags not exceeding 32 gallons or 50 lbs when full
Christmas Tree Collection
LRS will provide a special collection of Christmas trees from January 2nd – January 31st on the service day.
® The tree must be real, not artificial, not in any plastic bags and free of tinsel, lights, ornaments and not frozen to the ground.
® Flocked trees, trees with shiners, tinsel, light bulbs, glitter, wire, or plastic or in plastic bags will not be included in this special collection
Examples of a bulk or large item exceeding the capacity of the LRS refuse (garbage) cart, includes the following: bed frame, box spring (bed), bicycle, chair, love seat/sofa, one part of sectional couch, mattress, frame, or wall picture. These are only some examples as there are many items that may be considered bulk items.
For health and safety reasons, mattresses must be wrapped in plastic to be collected. Plastic mattress wrap can be found online or at local grocery stores, hardware stores, storage and moving outlets. If using loose plastic, it must be completely taped and secured on all corners with no exposure to the mattress.
Bulk items requiring special equipment and additional labor, such as a piano, sleeper sofa (couch with pull out bed) and large entertainment center are considered a Special Refuse Collection.
Call LRS if you are unsure if an item requires additional labor or equipment at 847.381.9300 or send a request with a photo of the item(s) by e-mail to Service@LRSrecycles.com.
Electronic waste (E-Waste) are items that are banned from the landfill (cannot go in your normal trash). The items below are not included in your curbside collection and need to be taken to a drop-off location. LRS and the city of North Chicago will have a secure location for residents to drop materials off located at:
1421 Renken Dr, North Chicago, IL 60064
Monday – Friday: 8:00 AM – 2:30PM
Computers | Computer Monitors | Televisions | Printers | Keyboards | Fax Machines | VCR’S | Portable Digital Music Players | DVD Player | Video Game Consoles | Computer Mouse | Scanners | Digital Converter Boxes | Cable Receivers | Satellite Receivers | DVD Recorders | Small-Scale Servers
According to the EPA, Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) are products that can catch fire, react, or explode under certain circumstances. All HHW items are banned from the landfill and will not be collected with curbside collection. LRS encourages residents to take advantage of the drop-off facilities and additional options provided by Swalco.
Please contact SWALCO at 847.336.9340 or visit swalco.org for assistance with disposal of any hazardous material(s)
Examples of HHW
® Oil Based Paints, Flammable Oils
o Oil, Lead, Urethane, Chromium Based Paints, Shellac,
Water or Driveway Sealer, Oil-Based Stain, Varnish
® Pesticides / Herbicides / Fertilizers
o Poison, Lawn Chemicals, Weed Killer
o Spray-Paint, Hairspray, WD-40, Air Fresheners, Spray
Adhesives, Oven Cleaner, Insecticide Bug Spray
® Automotive Chemicals / Fluids
o Antifreeze, Brake or Transmission Fluid, Gasoline,
Diesel, Motor Oil
® Houshold Cleaners (Acidic/Caustic)
o Bleach, Ammonia, Muriatic Acids, Pool Cleaners, Drain
Cleaners, Solvents, Paint Stripper or Thinner
® Bulbs / Batteries
o Fluorescent bulbs, CFL, NiCad, Lithium, Lead Acid, –
Automotive, Marine and Sump Pump Batteries
Some appliances require special handling as they may contain harmful chemicals, or they need to be recycled at a special location.
Examples of Appliances or White Goods:
Air Conditioner | Clothes Dryer | Cook Top and Cooking Plate | Cooker or Bakers Oven | Dishwasher | Drying Cabinet | Freezer | Kitchen Stove or Oven Range | Microwave Oven | Refrigerator or Refrigeration Equipment | Washing Machine | Water Heater
Scheduling Removal of Appliances & White Goods
All appliances/white goods must be prescheduled to LRS by calling customer service.
Contact LRS at 847.381.9300 or send an e-mail with a photo of the item(s) to Service@LRSrecycles.com for items you are unsure of. Items requiring additional labor and/or equipment to manage are considered a Special Refuse Collection. Examples of Special Refuse Collection items include a sleeper sofa, construction debris item(s), TV console and entertainment center. LRS will provide a cost estimate if we are able to provide the service. LRS does not guarantee collection of every item.
Home remodeling waste includes, but is not limited to drywall, plywood, paneling, lumber, doors, windows, cabinets, porcelain fixtures, sod, fencing, concrete, or rocks will require special pickups. Residents will need to schedule service for these items and call to receive instructions on how to best prepare them for collection. Estimates will be provided, and items will be charged by the yard.
LRS has expanded our temporary services division to create an easier customer experience. These temporary services include portable restroom rental and dumpster roll-offs of all sizes to contain your construction debris.
Contact us today to discover all the ways Lakeshore can make your waste removal even easier, no matter the project.
For more information, questions and to arrange for services, please call LRS Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. at 847.381.9300 or email Service@LRSrecycles.com.
Improperly prepared materials placed for collection will not be collected.
How do I clean my cart?
Fill the cart with hot water and a capful of vinegar or grease-cutting dish soap. Let it sit for about 10 minutes and rinse. Once the cart has been thoroughly rinsed, set the cart out with the lid open in the sun to dry.
What if I need my cart replaced?
Carts that are broken due to damage incurred during the collection are reported by the driver for replacement at no charge. Residents are encouraged to contact LRS if they notice damage to the cart during the collection process to request a replacement cart.
If damage occurs to the cart due to other reasons, please contact LRS to request a replacement cart.
Is this considered garbage?
Latex paint is considered regular garbage, but it must be completely dried, with the lid off so the driver is able to see inside the can. Dry latex paint by leaving lid off or open and/or mix kitty litter until the paint is completely absorbed. Do not place out for collection until the paint is completely dry.
Alkaline batteries are considered regular garbage and should be thrown into the garbage. It is always recommended that tape be used on each end of the battery and placed into a plastic sandwich bag when disposing of them.
How do I report a missed pickup?
If your waste, recycling, or yard waste are not collected on the service day by 6 pm, please contact LRS by calling 847.381.9300 or e-mailing email@example.com
Please include your address and what service was missed.
You can also reach out by submitting a support request in the top right-hand section of this webpage.