Village of Western Springs Refuse, Recycling & Yard-waste Collection Program
LRS (LRS) is excited to become the Village of Western Springs’ waste and recycling hauler as of January 1, 2020. We know that Village residents have high expectations when it comes to service, quality and value; we intend to exceed those standards.
With the Village’s new hauling agreement, residents will notice a cost-savings, as well as an improvement in service options and enhanced curbside appearance.
With the transition occurring from Republic Services to LRS on January 1, 2020, residents should avoid buying large amounts of Republic stickers. However, LRS will accept Republic stickers through the month of March.
What You Need to do
Residents should decide which size refuse and recycling carts you would like to use. Sample carts are available at the Village Hall, Recreation Center, and train station. After November 27, 2019, those that have not made a cart selection will be provided the default 65-gallon cart and will be billed accordingly.
- Stickers will no longer be used for standard weekly waste and recycling pickups.
- Stickers will be used for extra garbage, yard waste, e-waste, bulk items, etc.
- Every home will receive one waste cart and one recycling cart; residents will have the option of using a 35-gallon, 65-gallon or 95-gallon for garbage, and a 35-gallon, 65-gallon or a 95-gallon cart for recycling.
- Residents will now be charged a monthly fee for services, which will be billed quarterly.
- The Village will be serviced on a four-day schedule.
General Collection Guidelines
Your service day will either remain on Tuesday or Friday, or be switched to Wednesday or Thursday.
All garbage, recycling and yard waste will be serviced between 7AM and 5PM on collection days. Please have your carts out for service between 7PM the night before service, and 7AM on your collection day. Carts should be removed from the curbside by 7PM on collection days.
Waste & Recycling Carts
Garbage & Recycling Carts
With the transition to an all-cart program, Western Springs residents will notice not only a savings in the cost of service and stickers, but also an improvement in curbside appearance on service days that will allow for cleaner streets and more efficient service.
Carts will be delivered starting on December 15, 2019, and continue through December 30, 2019. All carts will be delivered at curbside, and should not be used for service until January 1, 2020.
On service days, residents who are new to the cart format should plan on having carts out for service by 7AM. Carts should be placed at least 3’ from mailboxes, trees, light poles or parked cars, and 1’ – 2’ from the curb or other cart. If you have been using your own garbage can with a sticker, you can either keep that container for your general home needs, or we will take it at no cost – as long as it is labeled “Please take/dispose.”
Cart Request Process
All Western Springs residents will automatically receive new LRS refuse and recycling carts. No action is necessary for residents who prefer the 65-gallon carts for both garbage and recycle.
- Smaller and larger carts for garbage and recycling are available in 35, 65 and 95-gallon sizes. The recycling cart size you receive or select will not affect your monthly rate.
- Additional carts are available for $3.00 each per month for garbage, recycle or yard waste in 35, 65 or 95-gallon.
Republic will continue with pickups through December 31st; LRS will not commence service until January 1, 2020.
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Refuse (garbage) Collection
If you have additional garbage that will not fit into your cart, you must use a garbage sticker for each bag or item outside of the cart. Stickers can be purchased at Village Hall, or the same vendors that have carried them in the past. There is no limit on the amount of bags that can be collected, as long as each bag has a sticker. Please note: garbage mixed with yard waste / leaves / grass clippings cannot be taken as waste.
Residents can mix recyclable items in their recycle cart. There is no limit on the amount of recyclable material that can be put out for service each week. Excess items that will not fit into recycle carts may be placed on the side of the cart for collection, and will not require a sticker. Residents are encouraged to consider a larger recycle cart to keep pace with the increasing amounts of material that are recyclable, and the advent of on-line purchasing (cardboard-based). Please do not place plastic bags in your recycling cart; these will require the cart to be serviced as waste.
Yard Waste Collection
Residents should continue to use brown (kraft) bags for yard waste disposal. Each bag will require one sticker. LRS also offers a subscription option, in which residents will be provided a yard waste cart.
Yard waste that will not fit into a brown bag or cart will need to be bundled in units that are no longer than 4’ and 18” in diameter. Each stack will require one waste sticker for removal. Yard waste in plastic bags will not be accepted.
Bulk items are items that are too large to fit into your waste cart and under 60 pounds in weight. Each bulk item requires three (3) waste stickers affixed. Electronic goods and white goods are not considered bulk items.
Carpet rolls may be no longer than 4’ and 18” in diameter, and will require three (3) waste stickers per roll.
Small construction up to 1 yard of material may be placed out for bulk item pickup. The construction must be stacked or bundled no longer than 4 feet and 18 inches in diameter and no more than 60 pounds. Each stack/ bundle will require three (3) waste stickers.
If an item is too large, or an item that is not allowable to take, special arrangements may need to be made.
White goods are appliances containing CFC, HCFC, PCBs mercury switches or other hazardous components. Examples: refrigerators, air conditioners and humidifiers. These items will require ten (10) waste stickers to be collected. All white goods will be collected on a separate truck, and will need to be scheduled.
For your more intensive and larger ‘Do-it-Yourself’ jobs, or general home renovations and clean-outs, LRS offers a range of roll-off boxes – including 10yd, 15yd, 20yd and 30yd sizes. You simply need to call an LRS representative at 773-685-8811 to set up same-day or next-day service.
Household Hazardous Waste (hhw)
HHW products are flammable, toxic, corrosive and/or reactive, and can pose a harmful threat or damage to the environment when disposed of improperly. Items like paint, pesticides, poisons, cleaning solvents, old or tainted gasoline, used oil and other automotive fluids are considered to be hazardous, and should not be included with your regular household waste.
Under the Village’s new agreement with LRS, residents have an ala carte option of properly disposing of electronic waste. This includes: one smaller electronic item, mouse, keyboard, telephone (one sticker); Bundle/Brown Bag not to exceed 15”x15”x15” (five stickers); Television or Monitor (10 stickers per item). For TVs 32″ or more, please call 773-685-8811 prior to pickup so arrangements can be made.
Initial bills for the first quarter are tentatively scheduled to be sent out on or around mid-February. This could change depending on how many service and cart modifications residents make over the next few days and weeks. After this, residents should expect to receive invoices around the 15th of the month preceding the next quarter.
As a means to be environmentally friendly, we encourage you to pay electronically. For those residents taking advantage of this option, you may choose to pay with an automatic bank draw or via ACH transfer from an account that you authorize.
Garbage / yard Waste Stickers
Stickers will be needed for yard waste, extra garbage (outside of cart), bulk items and electronic waste. Stickers can be purchased at Village Hall and the same retail outlets at a cost of $3.00 per sticker.
- Bulk Item = 3 stickers per unit
- White Good = 10 stickers per unit
- Electronic Waste = 1 sticker per single (small) item, 5 stickers per bundle within a brown paper bag, 10 stickers per television or monitor.
Auto Payment/ mail Options
Auto Payment Option
LRS offers an auto-pay option for residents who choose to establish this method of payment. Once you receive your first invoice from LRS you may choose this option. If you would like to elect for auto pay, you may do so by going to: https://etowerweb.amcsgroup.com/lakeshore/. You will be asked to create a user name and password.
The mailing address for payments is:
PO BOX 554892
DETROIT, MI 48255-4892
The weekly collection of garbage, recycling and yard waste will be less expensive with the new program. Below is the updated pricing for the next five years (click the image to enlarge).
Seniors 65 years or older are eligible for a 10% discount (verification of age may be required).
Five Year Pricing Grid
- September 1 – November 27: Register and pick your garbage and recycling cart size
- December 15 – December 30: LRS will deliver your new carts curbside
- January 1, 2020: LRS will start services in the Village of Western Springs
- January 1 – March 31: LRS will accept Republic Services stickers
- January 1 – March 31: Carts may be exchanged for different sizes at no charge.
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