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Waste and Recycling
Waste Management Contract
Residential waste and recycling services are provided by Waste Management, Inc (800-796-9696). Commercial accounts may select their own provider. Our current residential contract with Waste Management runs from October 1, 2013 through September, 2018. Our contract rate is for take-all refuse, recycling, and yard waste. Residents are billed quarterly by Waste Management. Rates change on the anniversary of the contract and the following rates apply:
Contract Term Rate
October 1, 2013 - September 30, 2014 $16.40 / month
October 1, 2014 - September 30, 2015 $16.87 / month
October 1, 2015 - September 30, 2016 $17.36/ month
October 1, 2016 - September 30, 2017 $17.86 / month
October 1, 2017 - September 30, 2018 $18.38 / month

Pickup Information
Pickup is on Wednesdays throughout the Village. The take-all program does not require any stickers or special bags. Do not leave kitchen garbage bags at the curb. Use sealed containers or bags of sufficient strength to resist animals. You are responsible for the cleanup of any loose garbage as the result of failing to secure garbage in closed containers.

Services
Basic service includes unlimited collection of household refuse properly contained and up to two bulk items each week that can be handled by one person. Examples of such bulk items are a mattress, sofa, kitchen table, or overstuffed chair. Appliances that are banned from landfill disposal are not included in the definition of bulk items.

Refuse Collection Guidelines
Pickup will be between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on your scheduled collection day once per week. Normally this is on Wednesdays, but is a day later if the holiday falls on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. Waste Management holidays are:
  • New Years Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day 
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

Container Size
The maximum container size is 34 gallons with a  50 pound weight limit. Yard waste may not be mixed with household waste. Bulk items, up to two per week, that are too large to fit into an approved container and are manageable by one person will be collected if set out adjacent to refuse container on collection day. You also have the option of renting a wheeled 96-gallon toter for collection of household refuse for a rental fee of $3.00 per month.

Carpet Rolls
Carpet rolls, up to eight rolls per week, must be rolled and tied in bundles weighing less than 50 pounds, up to four feet in length and up to 24 inches in diameter.

Appliances
Appliances containing CFC or HCFC, PCB's, Mercury switches or other hazardous components (refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, humidifiers, etc.) are banned from landfill disposal. There is a separate fee for each appliance. Please call the collector to arrange collection and payment. A separate truck will collect white goods in order for them to be processed in accordance with state statute.

Yard Waste
Yard Waste collection is included in your monthly fee. No stickers are required. Yard waste is collected at the curb from the first of April through the end of November. You must place the yard waste in a "Kraft" paper bag. Plastic bags are not acceptable for yard waste or leaves. There is a 50 pound limit for each "Kraft" bag and/or bundle.

Twigs & Branches
Twigs and branches no more than 4 inches in diameter and 4 feet in length shall be bound with string or twine in bundles not exceeding 2 feet in diameter and do not exceed 50 pounds.

Christmas Trees
Christmas Trees will be collected from Christmas through the end of January at no additional charge if left at the curb. All ornaments, tinsel, and lights must be removed prior to disposal.

Recycling & More
Waste Management made a very nice brochure for us which we mailed to all customers a few years ago. The brochure was custom-designed for Elburn and has a wealth of information about recycling and household waste. Download the Waste Management Brochure, though you will have to print it out to read it.   Waste Management will provide either a 65-gallon or a 35-gallon recycling cart to each residential unit.  There is also a new Recycle Right information available here.RORR Widget
Electronic Recycling
Beginning January 1, 2012, electronic equipment will no longer be collected with regular trash because of a new landfill ban in Illinois. Until recently the majority of outdated electronics were thrown in the landfill wasting valuable resources. Unwanted electronics must now by law be taken to a registered recycler for proper management. There will soon be many new opportunities added to the existing electronics recycling drop-offs and collection events in Kane County. Recycling at these locations is free to the public.

Electronic Products Recycling & Reuse Act
The Illinois Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act, which took effect in 2008, required manufacturers to establish a recycling program for discarded and unwanted electric products, if they sell their products in Illinois. This newest phase (P.A. 97-0287) has expanded the list of electronic items banned from state's 48 active landfills.

Accepted Electronic Items
There are 17 electronic products listed in the statewide recycling legislation, including televisions, monitors, printers, computers, mice, keyboards, fax machines, game consoles, VCRs, and DVD players. The complete list of electronic items included in the ban may be found on the Illinois EPA website. Most collection points will accept many more items than are listed in the legislation, like cell phones and small household appliances. White goods (large appliances) are not included. Please see the county website under R for recycling, for a complete list of items accepted for collection.

Additional Information
Electronics contain a variety of valuable resources as well as potentially toxic contaminants. Recycling the metals, plastics, and glass from electronic items conserves natural resources and uses far less energy than mining or refining raw materials which include gold, cadmium, lead, and silver. Electronics manufacturers are required to collect and refurbish or recycle a certain amount of electronics based on a percentage of the products they sell. Manufacturers work with certified recycling companies to help them meet their recycling goal. Recycling companies typically work with local governments to provide free collection for residents.