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Blue Island Residential Waste & Recycling

Residential waste & recycling services

In a contract that began on July 1, 2017, LRS serves as the City of Blue Island’s exclusive residential garbage and recycling service provider. LRS provides weekly street-side collection. Each resident has been supplied with one 95-gallon container for trash serviced 1x/ week and one 95-gallon container for recycling serviced once every other week.

Blue Island residents are serviced between 7 am and 6 pm; carts must be out no later than 7 am on the specified service day.

Please be advised that while residential waste and recycling services are invoiced through the City, the customer is directly responsible for any private services. For private services, the customer must initiate account setup and prepay for the service by credit card.


Please refer to the following link for more information:

Holiday Service Schedule
Blue Island Service Map Schedule



Garbage Collection

As part of the City’s renewal contract with LRS, Blue Island residents will now be allowed to place out two (2) bulk items each week. This is in addition to the standard waste that is placed in their waste carts each week.

Landscape waste

Available from April 1 to November 30, LRS provides a simple option for landscape waste collection. Landscape waste is collected street-side. Landscape waste must not exceed 35 gallons and service is limited to ten kraft bags, 60 pounds in weight. Branches must be bundled with biodegradable string/ twine not exceeding four feet in length, 36 inches and 60 pounds.

Single-stream recycling

Having opened Chicagoland’s state-of-the-art single-stream recycling center in 2016, LRS focuses on waste diversion to recycle more and send less waste to landfills. LRS is committed to making the surrounding communities a greener place to live.

LRS has a single-stream recycling center dedicated to sorting and separating recyclables. This 40,000 square-foot facility is designed to handle more than 110,000 tons of high-grade residential and commercial single-stream recyclables, sorting, separating and allocating over 20 tons of waste per hour.

Recycle tips

  • Recyclable plastic items are #1 – #7 except #6.
  • Recycling materials should be loose and not bagged. If you must use a bag, it needs to be transparent. Black bags will be considered contaminated.
  • Containers that have previously stored liquid or food should be emptied. Food and liquid containers do not have to be rinsed unless it was previously filled with a heavy substance. Examples of heavy substance products include tomato paste, peanut butter and vegetable oil.
  • Lids and caps from plastic bottles and glass jars is preferred to remain intact prior to recycling.
  • To limit the amount of space used, break down any cardboard boxes into pieces.
  • The following items are NOT recyclable although they are made from paper, plastic and cardboard
      • Pizza boxes
      • Styrofoam
      • Paper plates
      • Plastic cups (i.e. Solo cups)
      • Paper towels
      • Plastic grocery bags
As we continue to enhance our service areas, we are confident that our partnership with the City of Blue Island will continue to grow as well. With a recycling mentality, LRS and Blue Island are working together to create a more sustainable place to live.

Recycling & Organics Guides