Union Residential Garbage, Recycling and Yard Waste Collection Program
LRS provides Union with services for garbage, recycling, and yard waste. LRS offers many other services for Union residents including community wide clean up events, electronic waste services, organic food scrap compost service, 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 scheduling collection for specific items or material types, please click on one of the tabs below.
Friday is the service day in Union. All garbage, recycling and yard waste should be curbside by 6am on the collection day. Service times are subject to change.
Garbage collection is unlimited. Residents will be provided one (1) 95-gallon garbage cart and may use personal containers for any extra garbage that does not 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. Loose bags can be placed out however, they must not exceed 30 gallons and 50lbs per bag.
A Senior Service option is also available for Village of Union residents ages 65 and older. This program option includes one (1) 35-gallon garbage cart, and collection is limited to the items placed inside the cart. You must send in valid proof of age to participate in this program option.
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.
Residents may request an additional garbage cart for a small monthly fee. Please contact LRS to do so.
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. 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
Examples of Recyclables
Paper | Steel & Tin Cans | Aluminum Cans & Foil | Cartons | Glass Bottles & Jars | Plastic Containers
For additional recycling guidelines please visit lrsrecycles.com/recycling-101/
Yard waste is collected seasonally beginning on April 1st through the first full week of December on the same day as garbage and recyclables. LRS also allows organic food scraps to be mixed into yard waste during the season.
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
What are unacceptable food scraps?
Bones, diapers, fats, glass, grease, liquids, meat, metal, oil, packaging, paper plates, pet waste, plastic, poultry, seafood, service ware, shells, and Styrofoam
Approved yard waste containers and bags
Residents can elect to use biodegradable kraft bags or personal containers labeled yard waste. Containers must be 35-gallons or smaller, 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, with no individual branch being greater than 2” in diameter and weighing no more than 50lbs. One sticker must be attached to any personal non-LRS container, bag or bundle.
95-gallon yard waste bins are available for a small monthly rental fee. Please contact LRS to do so.
Leaf Collection Program
Three times per year, LRS will provide leaf vacuuming services to Village of Union Residents. Residents who elect to participate in the leaf vacuuming program should rake loose leaves to curb/street side. Any leaves in ditches or farther than 3’ from street and not at least 3’ from obstructions will not be collected.
Please contact customer service to inquire about upcoming dates for leaf vacuuming.
LRS will provide a special collection for Christmas trees at no charge during the first two weeks in January. If you require collection after, prepayment and prescheduling is required.
- 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 in plastic bags will NOT be included in this special collection
“Bulk Items” are items that are too large to fit into a cart or can. LRS will collect one bulk item per week at no charge. If a bulk item is deemed hazardous, unacceptable for landfills or weighs more than 50lbs, that item will not be taken. Please schedule a special pickup with LRS for these types of items. Any additional bulk items requested to be serviced on the same day must be prescheduled and prepaid to LRS.
Examples of a bulk or large item exceeding the capacity of the LRS refuse (garbage) includes the following; bed frame, box spring (bed), bicycle, chair, love seat/sofa, one part of sectional couch, mattress, frame or wall picture, or a toy. 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 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, sofa sleeper (couch with pull out bed), large entertainment center, and construction debris are considered a Special Refuse Collection.
Call LRS if you are not sure if an item requires additional labor or equipment at 844.633.3577 or send a request with a photo of the item(s) by e-mail to Service@LRSrecycles.com.
Electronic Waste (E-Waste or E-Scrap) is banned from the landfill (cannot go in the regular garbage).
LRS provides annual home collection of E-Waste for Union residents that have LRS waste and recycling collection. This service provides a more convenient way to responsibly manage electronics that are banned from the landfill. There is no charge for this service, though there is a limit of 5 items and up to 1 TV or monitor. Please contact LRS customer service for the most up to date information on curbside e-waste dates. In addition, residents are encouraged to utilize the free drop-off location located at 1350 N Old Rand Road, Wauconda, IL.
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
LRS Customers and Union residents have the option of utilizing LRS free drop-off for the materials below:
- Electronics (limited to 1 tv or monitor drop-off per year per household)
- Food Scraps
Drop off location: 1350 N Old Rand Rd. Wauconda, IL 60084
Hours: Monday thru Thursday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday closed
*For medical waste: Call SWALCO at 847-336-9340 for more info.
“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 are required to be prescheduled. LRS will collect one “white good” or appliance per week at no charge. Any additional items requested to be serviced on the same day must be prescheduled and prepaid to LRS.
Examples of Appliances and White Goods
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 and will require a special pickup. 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 LRS 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 554884
Detroit, MI 48255-4884
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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 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 Service@LRSrecycles.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.