City of St. Charles Residential Garbage, Recycling and Yard Waste Collection Program
Residents can continue to use expired St. Charles refuse/yard waste stickers through the end of September or exchange them at the St. Charles City Hall Finance Department (2 East Main St.) Also, please note that stickers and half bags for St. Charles and Geneva are no longer Interchangeable.
LRS provides City of St. Charles residents with services for refuse (garbage), recycling and yard waste. LRS offers many other services for City of St. Charles residents including electronic waste recycling and disposal, organic food scrap compost service, leaf collection program, portable restrooms, and large, open top construction style containers. We are proud to be a partner in your community!
For more information on the required number of stickers or scheduling collection for specific items or material types, please click on one of the tabs below.
Collection day for City of St. Charles residents will fall on Mondays or Tuesdays. LRS has teams on the roads starting at 7am till 7pm on the designated service day. Please have all items to the curb by 7am to ensure service. All garbage, recycling and yard waste will be collected on your scheduled service day. Service times are subject to change.
City of St. Charles residents may select between two program options for garbage collection. Program options include a refuse sticker program and a refuse subscription program. For more information on the program(s) offered, please read below.
Refuse Sticker Program
City of St. Charles residents would need one sticker attached to each item (individual receptacles, containers, plastic bags, or boxes) to have the team service. These stickers would also be used to remove any extra garbage, yard waste and organics.
Non-LRS Resident Owned Containers
• Non-LRS containers must have two handles or a grip
• Garbage must be contained and fit inside the container when full
• Non-LRS containers may not exceed 33-gallons
• Loose garbage bags may not exceed 33-gallons, and must be securely tied
• Bags and containers may not exceed 50lbs when full
Stickers placed on trash cans must be visible from the street and looped around the handles for the LRS driver to easily rip it off. Residents risk not having their garbage picked up if they affix stickers flatly onto a garbage can or lid.
LRS does also offer City of St. Charles residents the option of purchasing 20-gallon waste bags that are sold in rolls of 10 at select locations.
Any existing yellow refuse stickers with an expiration date of June 30, 2023 will be valid through the month of July 2023 as part of the new contract.
Refuse Subscription Program
City of St. Charles residents can choose from a 95-gallon, 65-gallon or 35-gallon trash container to be delivered to their home. This will be used for the weekly collection services. This program also includes one free bulk item removed per service day with no stickers needed.
Residents may use personal containers for any extra refuse that doesn’t fit inside the LRS issued cart. Non-LRS containers may not exceed 35-gallons or 50lbs when full. Resident owned containers must also be watertight and have two (2) handles. LRS is not responsible for damage to personal carts as they are not compatible with our equipment.
Any requests for changes in services should be communicated to LRS customer service.
LRS provides one cart for recycling at no charge for each household. Each household can choose from either a 35 gallon, 65 gallon or a 95 gallon recycling container. Recycling is serviced on the same day as trash and on a one truck pass. The same truck that services your trash, has a split body to collect recyclables as well. Additional recycling carts are available upon request to customer service. Contact LRS customer service for more information or with questions regarding recycling.
- Recyclables are collected on the same day of the week as the garbage and yard waste
- You are to use the LRS issued cart first for recycled materials
- 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
- 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
- Shredded paper is not considered recyclable material, please contact the customer service department for further disposal options
- Rental recycling bins are available upon request to customer service
Yard waste is collected seasonally beginning the last two weeks of March through last week of November on the same day as garbage and recyclables. LRS also allows for organic food scraps to be mixed into yard waste during the season as well.
Leaf Collection Program
The leaf collection program will start in the final two weeks in March and in the whole month of December. During this time City of St. Charles residents can place loose leaves in Kraft bags to be removed with no stickers required. Each Kraft bag cannot exceed over 50lbs and would need to be placed out on your regular service day.
Yard Waste Sticker Program
City of St. Charles residents can have their yard waste removed with one sticker attached to each loose Kraft bag or personal container. The personal container would need to have 2 handles and be 35 gallon in capacity of less. Each bag and personal container would need to be under 50lbs in weight to be serviced by the driver.
Yard Waste Subscription Program
LRS offers an optional 65-gallon yard waste container to residents for a monthly fee. Any additional yard waste bundles, containers or bags would need one sticker attached to each for it to be removed. Each container, bundle and bag would need to weigh under 50lbs to be removed. There is no additional LRS yard waste containers offered.
What is Considered Yard Waste?
Yard waste is garden trimmings, branches and brush under two inches (2”) in diameter not exceeding 4’ in length, leaves, flowers, tree droppings (crabapples and pinecones), garden plants, vines, weeds, grass clippings and yard trimmings.
What are considered acceptable food scraps?
Bread, cereal, coffee grounds, dairy, eggshells, eggs, fruits, grain, pasta, shells, vegetables
Approved yard waste containers and bags
- 2-ply, biodegradable yard waste bags or personal containers placed out for collection on the service day.
- Personal cans/containers labeled YARD WASTE and weighing less than 50lbs when full.
- Brush and branches must be bundled and tied with biodegradable twine or string (no metal). Each bundle must be no longer than 4’ in length, 2’ in diameter, weighing no more than 50lbs.
- Individual branches must be no larger than 2” in diameter, weighing no more than 50lbs.
LRS will be picking up live Christmas trees for the first two weeks of January. Residents must set trees out curbside with their trash and recycling on their regular day of service. Any Christmas trees that needed to be removed after two weeks would need to be prepaid and prescheduled to have them removed.
- Live Christmas trees will be collected on residents’ garbage collection day.
- No refuse sticker is needed through the first two weeks of January.
- Please remove all hard materials from the tree prior to disposal, including ornaments, nails, stands, etc.
- All wreaths and roping must be included with normal trash on residents’ normal collection day
Residents must place the trees outside with their trash no later than 7 a.m. on their scheduled refuse pickup day. To ensure the timeliness and integrity of the schedule, LRS crews will not return for special pickups. Once a street has been completed, trees will not be collected until the following week.
Bulk items (that do not fit into your garbage cart) are collected loose, on your regular day of service with prepayment and prescheduling based on your program. Please see above as to what requirements are part of the program. If an item exceeds 50lbs, or does not fit in the trash cart, residents 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 and box/bed springs must be enclosed in a plastic mattress cover and taped securely shut. Plastic mattress covers may be purchased at retail outlets such as Walmart, Lowes, Menards, Home Depot and storage unit facilities. Packaging wrap or trash bags cut up and taped around to cover a mattress or box spring are also acceptable options.
Each bulk item is required to be prescheduled and prepaid to LRS.
Electronic Waste (E-Waste) are items that are banned from the landfill (cannot go into the regular garbage).
LRS provides home collection of E-Waste for St. Charles residents that have LRS waste and recycling collection. This service provides a more convenient and simple way to responsibly manage electronics that are banned from the landfill. Scheduling items to be removed would need a prepayment and prescheduling to have the item(s) removed. Please contact LRS customer service for the most up to date information on curbside e-waste removal.
Examples of E-Waste
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
Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) are common products that are flammable, toxic, corrosive, or reactive and can be dangerous to the environment when disposed of improperly. LRS does not accept household hazardous waste. Please see the location below on where to dispose of any HHW.
Examples of HHW Accepted by SWALCO
Paint | Pesticides | Poisons | Cleaning Solvents | Used Oil | Other Automobile Fluids
For any other household hazardous items, please visit Lake County SWALCO, IL | Official Website
“White Goods” are appliances that contain CFC, HCFC, PCBs, mercury switches or other hazardous components (refrigerators, air conditioners, humidifiers etc). These items will be taken but will need to be free of the above referenced material and required to be prescheduled and prepaid to LRS customer service.
Examples of White Goods or Appliances
Air Conditioner | Clothes Dryer | Cook Top & 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
Contact LRS at 844.633.3577 or send an e-mail with a photo of the item(s) to Service@LRSrecycles.com for any items you are unsure about. Please include your address and as much detail regarding the item(s) as possible. Items requiring additional labor and/or equipment to manage are a Special Refuse Collection. LRS provides special pick-ups or special collections for large amounts of garbage from a move out, flooded basement or large clean out(s). 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.
- LRS bills quarterly in advance
- Invoices will be billed to the Property Owner
- Invoices will be mailed to the service address unless another address is provided
- E-mail billing and auto-pay options are available
- Residents will be able to create an online account once they have an open LRS invoice
- Instructions on how to enroll in auto pay and create and online account can be found below
Mail payments to:
PO BOX 4700
CAROL STREAM, IL 60197-4700
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Memorial Day Thanksgiving Day Labor Day
Holiday service will be provided one day later than regular collection if the holiday falls Sunday through Friday. If the holiday falls on a Saturday, service will not be affected.
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 844.633.3577 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 landscape waste is not collected on the service day by 6 pm, please contact LRS by calling 844.633.3577 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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.