Refuse, Recycling & Yard Waste

The Village currently has a contract with Groot for all garbage and recycling needs. One toter per household for garbage and recycling is provided to each property. Residents may also place an unlimited number of 35-gallon garbage cans at the curb each week. In addition, one bulk item, examples being mattress, refrigerator, and so on. Per week is permitted to be placed by the curb. Groot picks up garbage and recycling on Monday of every week. Missed pickups and other problems must be reported by noon on the Tuesday following the Monday pick-up.

Groot has published a recycling guide that provides information on what items can and cannot be recycled. The guide may be found here. Additionally, the Village is a member of the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC). SWANCC is comprised of several communities in the northern region of Cook County that work in concert to provide waste and recycling collection services. SWANCC provides a host of resources for member communities with information available at their website. SWANCC also operates a Reuse and Recycling Directory which provides a directory of outlets to dispose of items that are no longer needed. View The Reuse and Recycling Directory.

Groot Holiday Schedule

  • New Year's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas

If Monday is a holiday, garbage will be picked up on the following day. If the holiday falls on a Saturday, pick up will stay the same, and if the holiday falls on a Sunday, pick up will be on Tuesday.

Per Village Code, all Groot containers (recycling and garbage) must be returned to their premises storage location by 8:00 am on the day after collection, and cannot be out prior to 7:00 pm on the day before collection.

Holiday Tree Collection

Groot will collect holiday trees on the first two Mondays in January. Trees must be placed out by the curb. Trees taller than six feet must be cut in half.


Groot will pick up as many as six electronic waste items for $45, there is an additional $15 charge if one of the items is a television. Call Groot at 847-734-6400 to schedule a pickup.  SWANCC also coordinates multiple free electronic recycling drop-off locations.  More information can be found on their website linked here.   

Yard Waste

In addition to garbage and recycling, Groot also picks up yard waste each Monday from March 15th through the end of November. Yard waste must be disposed of in yard waste bags or containers clearly marked "Yard Waste Only". Residents may purchase yard waste bags for grass clippings and leaves at local home improvement stores.

Wood debris must be disposed of per the following regulations:

  • Branches are four inches or less in diameter
  • Branches are four feet or less in length
  • Branches are tied together in bundles not exceeding 50 pounds. Branches that are not tied together will not be picked up.

Feel free to contact Groot with any questions at 847-734-6400 or visit their website. If you have a concern with Groot's service, drivers, or their customer service representatives, do not hesitate to call the Public Works Department at 847-675-0888.