Wheaton Residential Waste, Recycling & Yard Waste Collection Program
LRS provides City of Wheaton residents with services for refuse (garbage), recycling and yard waste. LRS offers many other services for Wheaton residents including electronic waste recycling and disposal, organic food scrap compost service, Annual Recycling Events, 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.
Please reference the map or contact customer service to confirm your service day. All garbage and recycling will be collected between the times of 7AM and 7PM on your collection day. Service times are subject to change.
LRS offers wheeled carts for garbage with a flip-top lid and handlebar to throw your refuse in. All carts are equipped with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology, in order to verify service. LRS’ RFID technology will track customer pickups and invoice residents based on if the bin was lifted.
LRS provides carts in three different sizes to residents. If you would like to inquire about rates or changing cart sizes, or even adding an additional rental cart, please email Service@LRSrecycles.com or call 844-NEED-LRS and any of our service representatives would be happy to assist (fees may apply). If you wish to change bin sizes, please have the current RFID number of your cart(s) ready. The RFID number can be located on the front belly of the bin in white letters.
The City of Wheaton Waste/Organics Sticker is yellow and used for garbage placed outside of the LRS carts like loose bags of garbage, bulk items, yard waste/organics, appliances, and electronics. See each section to learn how many stickers are required for items placed out.
Stickers can be purchased at:
® City Hall: 303 Wesley St
® 7-eleven: 625 Roosevelt Rd
® Ace Hardware: 1705 Main St & 90 Loop Rd
® True Value: 125 Front St
® Pantry Plus: 238 Gables Blvd
® Jewel: 599 Roosevelt Rd 2031
® Caputo’s Fresh Market: 550 E North Ave Carol Stream
Recycling is collected on the same day as garbage and yard waste. Carts are available in 35, 65 and 95-gallon. Additional carts are available upon request. Recycling carts are also embedded with RFID technology. If you wish to change bin sizes, please have the current RFID number of your cart(s) ready. The RFID number can be located on the front belly of the bin in white letters. 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
® You are to use the LRS issued cart first for recycled materials
® Additional rental bin(s) available upon request.
® Remove metal cops and rings, notebook spirals, three-ring binders, and industrial size staples
® Envelopes with cellophane windows can be accepted
® Newspaper and inserts
® Magazines, catalogs, and phone books
® Office paper, notebooks, computer printouts, hanging file folders, pastel colored sticky notes (no fluorescent), glossy brochures, index cards, greeting cards, stationery, fax paper, manila folders, and envelopes
® Junk mail
® Chipboard/paperboard – cereal, cracker, tissue, shoe, gift, and 6/12-pack boxes, paper towel tubes, and egg cartons
® Cardboard boxes must be flattened and cut
® Brown paper grocery bags
® Paperback books (no hardcover books)
® Empty and rinse, labels may be left on
® Food cans and lids
® Metal paint cans and lids (must be empty and dry, some dried paint residue is fine)
® Metal lids are recyclable
® Empty, rinse, do not crush or flatten, leave caps and tabs on
® Food and drink cartons
® Milk, soup, and juice
Aluminum Cans and 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 and Jars
® Empty, rinse, labels are ok to leave on
® All glass colors are accepted
® Leave plastic screw top caps on empty bottles and jars
® Empty and rinse; labels may be left on
® Bottles include: water, soda, juice, laundry detergent, soap/shampoo,health and beauty products and cleaners
® Tubs include: coffee, tofu, cottage cheese, yogurt, margarine tubs, fruit or lettuce
® Jugs include: milk and juice
® Jars include mayo, peanut butter
Yard waste is collected seasonally beginning on the first full week of April through the second full week of December 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.
What is Considered Yard Waste?
Yard-waste, also known as landscape waste, consists of organic waste materials accumulated as the result of cultivation and maintenance of gardens, lawns, shrubbery, trees, and vines.
Yard waste is garden trimmings, branches, leaves, flowers, tree droppings (crabapples and pinecones), garden plants, vines, weeds and grass clippings and yard trimmings.
LRS allows organic food scraps to be mixed in with yard waste placed in approved biodegradable landscape waste bags, garbage containers or the LRS yard waste cart. Food scraps are collected with yard waste during yard waste season.
What are Considered Acceptable Food Scraps?
Bread, cereal, coffee grounds, dairy, eggshells, eggs, fruits, grain, pasta, shells & vegetables.
What are NON-Acceptable Food Scraps?
Bones, diapers, fats, glass, grease, liquids, meat, metal, oil, packaging, paper plates, pet waste, plastic, poultry, seafood, service ware, shells, and Styrofoam cannot be placed in your bin.
Approved Yard Waste Containers or Bags
Landscape waste must be placed in approved biodegradable landscape waste bags or open garbage cans not larger than 35-gallon capacity marked with “YW” or “Yard Waste Only” one sticker per bin/bundle is required.
LRS also offers optional 65-gallon and 95-gallon carts yard waste. These are optional and available for residents to rent for a fee billed quarterly, no stickers would be required.
Please contact LRS customer service if you are interested in renting a yard waste cart.
LRS will provide a special collection of Christmas trees for the first two weeks in January. After Jan 14th, 1 sticker per tree is required.
® Lightbulbs should be completely removed from live trees
® Artificial trees will not be accepted
® Flocked trees, trees with shiners, tinsel, light bulbs, glitter, wire, or plastic or in plastic bags will not be included in this special collection
Bulk items are items placed outside of your garbage cart or container. Bulk item examples include: couches, tables, chairs, desks, large toys, etc.
- Bulk items require 5 (five) refuse stickers each
- Notify LRS for items exceeding 50 LBS or longer than 6’
- Bulk or large items that do not fit inside an approved waste container or exceed 50 LBS
- Although not required, LRS does request mattresses & box springs be enclosed in a plastic mattress cover for the safety of our team
(Covers can be found at local hardware, Walmart, Target, Lowes, Storage facilities)
Electronic Waste (E-Waste) items that are banned from the landfill (cannot go into the regular garbage) and collected on the same day as trash, recycling, and yard 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
Will there be a charge for E-Waste services?
The LRS E-Waste curbside collection program is a sticker-based program. The same sticker that is used for garbage and yard waste can also be used for E-Waste. The cost for handling E-Waste varies depending on the item. A different number of stickers will be required depending on how much E-Waste is placed at the curb. Please see the information below:
® One (1) sticker – One small E-Waste item such as a computer mouse or DVD player
® Five (5) stickers – One brown paper bag/paper box or small bundle of accepted items
® Ten (10) stickers – One TV or computer monitor
Please contact customer service if you need help with determining the number of stickers for E-Waste Collection.
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 facility located at 156 Fort Hill Dr, Naperville (630-420-6095).
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.
Will there be a charge for appliance collection?
One (1) appliance requires 10 stickers for collection. Any additional items are requested to be prescheduled and prepaid to LRS customer service.
Contact LRS at 844.633.3577 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.
® 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
® Mail payments to:
Po Box 4700
Carol Stream, IL 60197-4700
Residents may opt to receive paperless invoicing by registering online. Go to our Pay Bill link and scroll to “Sign up for Paperless Billing” to enroll today!
Auto Payment Option
LRS offers an auto-pay option for residents who choose to establish this method of payment. If you would like to elect for auto pay, you may do so by clicking here to the online portal and either logging in or creating an account.
For more information, questions and to arrange for services, please call LRS Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. or Saturday 7:00 a.m. until noon 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 yard waste are not collected on the service day by 6 pm, please contact LRS by calling 847.381.9300 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.