River Forest Residential Waste & Recycling

Winter Compost Collection 2023-2024:

Tuesday, December 5th

Tuesday, December 19th

Wednesday, January 3rd (delayed one day due to New Years holiday)

Tuesday, January 16th

Tuesday, January 30th


***Curbside holiday greens and live trees will be collected every week during the month of January***


Tuesday, February 13th

Tuesday, February 27th

Tuesday, March 12th

Tuesday, March 26th


Weekly compost and yard waste collection will resume on Tuesday, April 2nd

Village of River Forest Refuse Collection Program

River Forest homes receive weekly refuse (garbage) collection which takes place as described below with options for the base (standard) program and special (unlimited) refuse collection. LRS accepts unlimited quantities of properly containerized and prepared recyclables each week. 

LRS, Roy Strom & Village of River Forest

For over 40 years, the River Forest community has received best-in-class refuse services from the Roy Strom Refuse Co. (Strom), family and staff. LRS is privileged to have acquired Strom in December of 2020 . Along with the dedicated Strom staff, now LRS, we’re honored to service River Forest.


LRS was founded on the principle of recycling, reusing and reducing waste. Today, LRS owns and operates state-of the-art recycling facilities throughout the US. LRS offers convenient and affordable sustainable service options as a gold-star domestic recycler. We are proud to keep the materials we collect from your home in America.


LRS is pleased to offer River Forest homes our premier program including more options to be sustainable such as food scrap composting and our home collection recycling services for electronics and household hazardous waste materials.


Click here to learn about the new LRS program from the Village President and click on this link to hear from George Strom, formerly of the Roy Strom Company.

  • Back Door Served Homes -Collection of up to two 33-gallon containers of refuse or home building materials
  • Alley Served Homes – Collection of LRS, or Strom branded 64-gallon container for refuse.
  • Additional containers may not be larger than 33-gallons or 50 lbs. when full with a tight fighting lid
  • Additional container (each) requires one (1) Universal Solid Waste Tag

Special Service Option

Special Service Enrollment | Contact the Village of River Forest at 708-366-8500
  • Unlimited Refuse -Weekly collection of unlimited refuse containers no larger than 33 gallons or 50 pounds when full
  • Home Building Debris – Weekly collection of up to one (1) container

Refuse Containers

Refuse containers that are not issued by LRS may not exceed 33-gallons or 50 pounds when full. Containers are required to have tight-fitting lids with materials contained inside. Do not overfill containers or carts. Oversized and overweight containers will not be collected.

Any item placed outside of your refuse containers require a Universal Solid Waste Tag affixed to it. Bulk items are collected on the same day as refuse. Bulk Item Universal Solid Waste Tags required as with following examples:


Mattresses and box/bed springs are required to be 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.  

Under 50 lbs. & not to exceed 4’ Length x 4’ Wide = 1 Tag

  • Small sized furniture object
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Child’s toy
  • Tools
  • Bag or box of items

Over 50 lbs., Under 150 lbs. = 5 Tags

  • Hot water heaters under 75 gallons
  • Furniture items
  • Appliances

Under 150 pounds = 10 Tags

  • Hot water tanks over 75 gallons
  • Furniture items
  • Appliances

Universal Solid Waste Tags are $3.30 each and sold at the following locations:

  • River Forest Village Hall – 400 Park Avenue
  • Jewel-Osco – 7523 Lake Street
  • Schauer Ace Hardware – 7449 Madison, Forest Park

River Forest Solid Waste Tag

LRS will collect an unlimited quantity of recyclable materials. For back door served residences, recyclables must be placed in containers 33-gallons or under, or in small cardboard boxes or thick paper bags. Residences with alley service can place recyclables in the LRS-provided 64-gallon recycling cart. Containers should be closed to avoid wind-blow debris.

Accepted Recyclables

  • Household plastic, rigid plastic, plastic jugs and bottles
  • Aluminum cans, steel & tin cans, glass
  • Paperboard, office paper & junk mail, newspaper, phone books, magazines & catalogs
  • Milk & juice cartons
  • Cardboard & paper bags

New Year’s Day | Memorial Day | 4th of July |Labor Day | Thanksgiving | Christmas Day
Service will be delayed by one day if holiday is on or before your regular pick-up day.

Properly prepared yard waste and brush are collected every Tuesday beginning the first Tuesday of April through the first Tuesday in December. Service is for yard waste such as grass, leaves, shrubbery cuttings, and bundles of brush/branches.

  • Yard waste may be set out after 6:00pm the night before collection (Monday)
  • Yard waste must be placed out no later than 7:00am on collection day (Tuesday)
  • Yard waste will be collected in the parkway immediately behind the curb and not placed in the street

Yard Waste Fee | Universal Solid Waste Tag Required (Each)

  • BAG | One (1) Kraft-style landscape paper bag under 32-33 gallons and 50 lbs.
  • BUNDLE | One (1) brush bundle must be under 50 lbs, with individual limbs not to exceed 4 feet long by 4 inches in diameter, preferably tied with twine

Holiday Trees & Greens

LRS will collect HOLIDAY GREENS (ONLY) every Tuesday in January. Please have out by 7AM. This is only for Christmas trees, wreaths, and garland, only holiday greens. LRS does not collect yard waste during this time.

The Village program offers collection of compostable food scraps and yard waste with an LRS (Strom) Compost Cart every Tuesday and bi-monthly December through March. As a founding partner of the Illinois Food Scrap Coalition, LRS, along with the Village of River Forest, strongly encourage composting as a sustainable way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Examples of accepted compostables include: egg shells, pastas, nuts, paper plates, napkins, fruit, vegetables, rice, grain, bread, coffee grounds, filters and more.

Click here to learn about the Compost Cart Program!

The program is offered on an optional subscription basis. The subscription price varies based on cart size, and the program auto-renews until cancelled. Residents who sign up will receive a cart, along with an under-sink collection bucket. If you use four or more tags per month for yard waste, this might be a better option for you. Compost Carts are delivered monthly. Residents who sign-up before the 20th of the month will receive their compost container by the first of the following month. Compost collection begins when you receive your Compost Cart. Service is provided every Tuesday and bi-monthly December through March.

Compost Carts are now available in three sizes: 35-gallon, 65-gallon and 95-gallon . Please visit the Village of River Forest webpage at to request your compost cart, to make changes, or enroll for service.

  • Refuse collection is provided on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.
  • Yard waste and Compost Carts are serviced on Tuesday, in season.
  • Missed locations and special pick-ups are done on Thursday and Friday.

Monday | West side of Harlem Ave through and including both sides of Monroe Ave between Central Ave and North Ave, and the east side of Jackson Ave between Oak Ave and Chicago Ave

Tuesday | Both sides of Jackson Ave (except for the east side of Jackson Ave between Oak Ave and Chicago Ave) through and including both sides of Park Ave between Central Ave and North Ave, and the west side of Park Ave through and including the east side of Thatcher Ave between Division St and North Ave.

Wednesday | Both sides of Forest Ave through and including the west side of River Oaks Dr. between Central Ave and Division St, and the west side of Lathrop Ave through and including the west side of Thatcher Ave between Madison St and Hawthorne Ave.

Accessible & Unimpeded Path Required for Service

Please have all materials placed out in an accessible location, with clear paths both salted and shoveled in winter months, for collection crews to safely access and move containers and bulk items. Collection crews may determine if a path is unsafe to service if obstructed or impassable, which may result in a service delay.

BACK DOOR & TOP-OF-DRIVE SERVICE COLLECTION Refuse is collected near the back door or behind the front building line of your home, on the driveway side of your property. Recyclables are collected from the top-of-driveway. Compost Carts issued by LRS (Strom) & Yard Waste bags are collected from the curb near the parkway, not in the street.

ALLEY SERVICE COLLECTION Refuse, recycling, yard waste and compost are collected from the edge of the alley

The Village program offers collection for electronic waste (E-Waste) items beginning in the summer of 2022. E-Waste collection is offered twice per year for no additional charge. Items accepted are shown below and include electronics banned from Illinois landfills that require special handling. E-waste is collected by a designated LRS crew on regular pick-up day during the collection week.


Click here to learn how the Electronic Waste Program Works!


LRS will collect up to seven (7) accepted items total, with no more than two (2) TV’s or computer monitors per collection, per household. A pick-up request is required by the cut-off date. Requests for an E-Waste pick-up are to be submitted online.



Here’s how it works:

  1. Click on the Electronic Waste Pick-Up link in the upper right side of this webpage.
  2. Once you have filled in your address information and selected the items you have for collection, click submit and a submission confirmation will appear
  3. Materials must be placed in the front of your home at the curb near the parkway no later than 7AM on the day of collection.
  4. Collection does not take place in the alley due to the nature of the materials.
  5. Items are collected on your regular pick up day the week of collection.
  6. Small electronic items may be placed at the curb in a brown paper bag or a small cardboard box.
  7.  Mark the box or bag with marker as E-Waste so the crew can easily see it.


CELL PHONES                            DIGITAL CONVERTER BOX                         SATELLITE RECEIVER


COMPUTER MOUSE                   DVD PLAYER                                                  TV

COMPUTER KEYBOARD              DVD RECORDER                                           VCR’s

COMPUTER MONITOR               FAX MACHINE                                               VIDEO GAME CONSOLE



2024 Electronic Waste Service Dates


March 18th-22nd 

September 16th-20th

2024 HHW collection will take place in June and October


The Village program offers collection for household hazardous waste materials beginning in the summer of 2022. Twice each year, River Forest residents will have the opportunity to properly recycle and dispose of unwanted hazardous waste materials. There is no additional charge for this service as it is now part of the refuse collection program.

LRS partners with a renowned hazardous waste service provider to collect up to 70 pounds of hazardous materials from the front of your home for each collection. Many of the materials collected are recycled, with proper disposal for any of the remaining materials.  A pick-up request is required by the cut-off date shown below. Collection is handled with an onboard chemist that will properly sort, pack and transport the items as required by state and federal law.

Click here to learn how the Household Hazardous Waste Collection works!

Submitting a request is done online and takes only a few minutes to submit. Here’s how the process works:

  1. Click on the Hazardous Waste Pick-Up link in the upper right side of the webpage.
  2. Once you have filled in your address information and selected the items you have for collection, click submit and a submission confirmation will appear.
  3. You will receive a kit in the mail to place the materials in. If for some reason, the kit does not arrive before your scheduled collection, LRS can provide simple instructions on how to place the materials out safely for collection.
  4. Materials must be placed in the front of your home near the front door for safety reasons no later than 7AM on the day of collection.
  5. If you do not have a front door facing the parkway, please include a note when you submit your request as to where the materials will be placed.
  6. Collection does not take place in the alley due to the nature of the materials.


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Village of Maywood Waste & Recycling & Yard Waste Collection

LRS became the Village of Maywood’s new residential waste hauler, starting on April 1, 2022. We have a great appreciation for the high standards Maywood residents have when it comes to service, quality and value. We look forward to exceeding those expectations. LRS is a Midwest leader with a local operation established right here in Maywood! Under the Village’s contract with LRS, residents will receive a waste cart and a recycling cart.

Clarendon Hills Residential Waste & Recycling

Waste Collection Guidelines

All Maywood residents will be provided with one 95-gallon waste cart and one 65-gallon recycling cart. These carts will be serviced on a weekly basis. All carts should be placed out for collection no later than 6AM on your service day. LRS recommends that carts are placed out for service the night before. Although LRS strives to keep a consistent pick-up time, weather and staffing can alter pickup times. All waste should be bagged and placed inside of the provided LRS cart with the lid closed to ensure safe collection and to help maintain a clean neighborhood appearance Should you need additional cart capacity on a permanent basis, LRS will provide one at a cost of $3 per month, per cart. Please contact us directly at or 844-633-3577 if you’d like to request an additional cart.


Excess Garbage

For trash that does not fit in the cart, LRS will collect unlimited bagged household waste. Guidelines: 50 pounds or less, containers must be 35-gallons or less.

Bulk Item

If a single item is too large to fit in a cart then it is considered a bulk item. LRS will accept two bulk items per week for no additional charge. The bulk item will be collected on your regular scheduled trash day. If the item is heavier than 50lbs please contact LRS to schedule the collection with our customer experience team so they can provide adequate equipment to handle the item safely.

Mattress Disposal

While not required, it is suggested a mattress to be wrapped in some type of plastic for the safety of our drivers and to protect the item from the weather. Plastic packing wrap, a dollar store tablecloth, a mattress disposal bag or even trash bags that have been cut up and taped around the item would all be acceptable options for pickup on an upcoming service day.

White Goods

LRS will provide collection of major appliances, including but not limited to ovens and refrigerators. LRS will accept white goods for collection at no additional charge, but the item must be scheduled with LRS in advance. Residents may either email us at, or call 844-633-3577 to schedule collections.


New Recycling Program

LRS is proud to announce a new recycling program that will deliver the best in class recycling program to the residents of Maywood. Each resident will receive one 65-gallon recycling cart service weekly. This will replace the existing can or tub. Recycling guideline instructions will be on the lid of your new recycling cart. Please ensure recycling items are NOT BAGGED and placed LOOSE into the cart. NO PLASTIC BAGS are allowed in the recycling cart.

Accepted Recyclables

Please be sure to properly prepare acceptable materials before placing them in your recycle cart using the guidelines found in Additional Recycle Guidelines.


  • Newspaper & inserts, Magazines, Catalogs & Phone books
  • Computer printouts
  • Hanging file folders (remove metal and trash it)
  • Glossy brochures
  • Index cards
  • Stationery fax paper
  • Envelopes
  • Junk mail
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Brown paper grocery bags
  • Office paper/notebooks
  • Pastel sticky notes
  • Greeting cards
  • Manila Folders
  • Chipboard/paperboard
  • Paperback books

Recyclable Items Must Be Clean.

  • NO used paper plates or pizza boxes, or fluorescent paper (they contaminate the paper stream with food, dye, or plastic coating). If pizza box top is clean you can tear it off and recycle it.
  • NO paper towels, tissues, or napkins, which are not recyclable because the fibers are too small to reuse (please compost them with kitchen food scraps if possible).
  • NO shredded paper – Loose shredded paper causes major sorting problems in the recycling facilities.
  • NO frozen food boxes, which are made of a hybrid of paper and plastic, and are not wanted by paper mills.
  • NO paper cups, which are also made of a hybrid of paper and plastic rendering them unrecyclable.

Plastic Containers

Plastic bottles, Plastic tubs and Plastic jugs

  • NO plastic bags or plastic film (plastic wraps, sandwich bags, freezer bags, tarps).
  • NO plastic utensils or plates (plastic wraps, sandwich bags, freezer bags, tarps, cups, lids or straws).
  • NO candy wrappers, cereal bags, potato chip bags or snack bags.
  • NO empty motor oil, pesticide or chemical bottles.
  • NO Styrofoam, polystyrene (do not put in curbside bin).


  • Empty, rinse, do not crush or flatten, leave caps and tabs on
  • Food and Drink Cartons
  • Milk, Soup and Juice

Aluminum Cans & Foil

  • Empty, rinse, do not crush or flatten
  • Aluminum cans
  • Aluminum foil (ball clean foil to 2 inches or larger, no flat foil or small balled up foil)
  • Pie plates & trays

Glass Bottles & Jars

  • All colors are accepted
  • NO window or auto glass, bakeware, ceramics, mirrors, light bulbs, coffee pots or drinking glasses.

LRS will provide seasonal yard waste collection from the first full week in April through the last week in December. Residents may use and place out their own 35-gallon or smaller cans with yard waste, or brown kraft bags free of charge. User-owned cans should be clearly marked as “YW,” and may not weigh more than 50lbs (this weight limit also applies to kraft paper bags). Bundles of twigs, sticks and branches may not exceed 4 feet in length and 18 inches in diameter. LRS will provide curbside collection of Christmas trees for two weeks in January at no charge. Only live trees (not in bags) free of any tinsel, lights or ornaments will be accepted.

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