Waste & Recycling

Residential waste and recycling services are provided by Lakeshore Recycling Systems . Commercial accounts may select their own provider. Our current residential contract with Lakeshore Recycling Systems runs from October 1, 2018 through September, 2023. Our service rate is for take-all refuse, recycling, and yard waste. Residents are billed quarterly by Lakeshore Recycling Systems change on the anniversary of the contract and the following rates apply:

Lakeshore Recycling Systems

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Contract Term Rate
October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2019 $16.75 / month
October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2020 $17.42 / month
October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2021 $18.11 / month
October 1, 2021 – September 30, 2022 $18.84/ month
October 1, 2022 – September 30, 2023 $19.60/ 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.

Refuse Collection Guidelines 
Pickup will be between 7:00 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. Lakeshore Recycling Systems holidays are:

  • New Years Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

FAQs and Resources

Yard Waste Recycling

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 December 1st.  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.

  • Unlimited
  • April 1 through December 1
  • Yard waste can be set out using any of the following:
  • 2 ply, biodegradable paper bags not to exceed 50 lbs.
  • Containers not exceeding 35 gallons, marked with large “X” or “YW” or “YARD WASTE
  • 65-gallon yard waste carts are available for $3.00 per month
  • 95-gallon yard waste carts available for $5.00 per month
  • Brush bundles tied in biodegradable twine not exceeding 4’ length, 2’ width and 50 lbs.
  • Organic Food Scrap may be mixed in with yard waste during the yard waste season. Organic Food Scrap includes: bread, cereal, coffee grounds, dairy, egg shells, eggs, fruits, grain, pasta, shells, and vegetables.
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 (not artificial) will be collected during the first full two weeks of January on collection day. There is no charge for this service.  All ornaments, tinsel, and lights must be removed prior to disposal.

Electronic Recycling

Electronic Waste (E-waste) Collection. Beginning in the Spring of 2019 on the second Wednesday, the first month of every quarter, LRS will begin collecting E-Waste from the curb. E-Waste is the ONLY service requiring a sticker or stickers for items placed to the curb.

E-Waste items includes the following items, computer mice, computer monitors, computers, digital converter boxes, digital video disc players, digital video disc recorders, fax machines, keyboards, portable digital music players, printers, satellite receivers, scanners, small scale servers, televisions, video game consoles, and videocassette recorders.

  • Smaller E-Waste items may be placed at the curb in a brown paper bag or a 24” x 24” x 24” or smaller cardboard box.
  • Please mark the box as EWASTE.
  • E-waste should be separate from the refuse (garbage), recycle and yard waste containers in a noticeable location easily identifiable for the driver.
  • Residents with televisions and monitors weighing over 50 pounds or larger than 19 inches should contact LRS customer service department prior to the scheduled collection day.

E-Waste Required Stickers/Item(s):

  • One (1) E-Waste Sticker = 1 small E-Waste item (excludes TV’s and Monitors).
  • Five (5) E-Waste Stickers = One (1) bundle in brown paper bag or box not exceeding 24” x 24” x 24”.
  • Ten (10) E-Waste Stickers = TV or Monitor

E-Waste Stickers are $3.00 each and available for purchase at the following locations:

Jewel Osco
800 N. Main Street
Elburn, IL 60119

Village of Elburn
301 E. North Avenue
Elburn, IL 60119

Kane County also offers electronic recycling several times throughout the year.  Check the Kane County Recycling website for more information.

Disposing of Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs
Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs are effective to reduce energy use at home and they also prevent greenhouse gas emissions. CFL’s use up to 75% less energy than incandescent light bulbs and last up to 10 times longer.

Mercury Use
CFL bulbs do contain a very small amount of mercury within the glass tubing (an average of 5 milligrams – about the amount that would cover the tip of a ballpoint pen). No mercury is released when the bulbs are intact or in use. To compare, older thermometers contain about 500 milligrams of mercury. It would take 100 CFL bulbs to equal that amount. Even though fluorescent bulbs contain mercury, using them contributes less mercury to the environment than using regular incandescent bulbs. That’s because they use less electricity, and coal-fired power plants are the biggest source of mercury emissions in the air.

When a Flourescent Bulb Breaks
If a CFL bulb breaks you should open the window in the room and leave the room for at least 15 minutes. While wearing rubber gloves, carefully scrape up the bulb fragments with stiff paper or cardboard and place them in a sealed bag. Take the bag to the hazardous waste item drop-off listed below.

Hazardous Waste Drop Off
When the bulb burns out or breaks residents can take the bulb to the local household hazardous waste recycling location. Kane County offers a one day drop-off event for all household hazardous waste items located at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles. View the Kane County Recycles page.

Other E-Recycling Programs

E-Recycling Programs
Kane County offers multiple drop-off days throughout the year for recycling electronic products. The drop-ff location is at the Kane County Circuit Clerk Office on Randall Road in St. Charles.

Cell Phone Drop Off
The Village of Elburn Police Department and Kaneland Middle School Office also accept cell phones. They can be dropped off at the Elburn Police Department, 301 E. North Street, Elburn, IL and at the Kaneland Middle School Office, 1N137 Meredith Road, Maple Park, IL.

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.

Household Hazardous Waste

Recycling Household Hazardous Waste
Household hazardous waste cannot be picked up by Lakeshore Recycling Systems. Currently there are recycling programs offered for the disposal of the hazardous waste from Kane County. Kane County will recycle residential household hazardous waste items for residents in the Elburn Area at no charge on a specific drop-off day at the Kane County Fairgrounds. There are multiple items that they accept such as batteries, oil, anti-freeze, cleaning products, lawn, and pool chemicals. View the County’s website regarding household hazardous waste recycling.

Additional Information
The Kaneland Middle School Office, located at 1N137 Meredith Road, Maple Park, IL, accepts household batteries and ink cartridges, and they can be dropped off during school hours throughout the year.