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Refuse, Recycling, Yard Waste, and Composting

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 (example: mattress, refrigerator, etc.) 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 of  SWANCC also operates a Reuse and Recycling Directory which provides a directory of outlets to dispose of items that are no longer needed.  The Reuse and Recycling Directory can be found at

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 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 pickup 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.

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 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 at 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.

Composting Information 

What is Composting?

Composting converts organic materials, including limited food scraps (fruits and vegetables) and yard waste trimmings (leaves, grass and small tree branches) into a dark, earthy-smelling soil conditioner, thereby preserving valuable nutrient-rich organic resources. Composting can save money by replacing store-bought fertilizers and helps with soil retention to reduce water runoff. Composting can make a significant contribution to achieving waste reduction goals, especially if organic waste comprises a large proportion of your waste stream.

Tips for Composting At Home

  • Per Village code, use a tightly covered waterproof container or a properly designed composting container or enclosure to begin placing your composting material.
  • When adding composting materials, alternate between moist materials (e.g. cut grass, fruits and veggies) and dry materials (e.g. hay and paper).
  • It’s best to use one-third nitrogen-based (greens) items and two-thirds carbon-based (brown) items for your compost ratio. Please see table below for specific examples of nitrogen-based and carbon-based materials.
  • Add enough water for the material to be moist. Be careful to add too much water, as this can smother the pile and create a smelly and slimy substance. Too much water can also kill the good bacteria and ruin your compost.
  • The more green material you add to your compost bin, the less water you will need to add.
  • Soak dry ingredients in water first prior to adding them to your compost bin. Doing so will help prevent your compost bin from drying out.
  • Keep your compost covered to prevent rain water from entering and to also help it retain heat.
  • Turn your compost pile every few weeks with a shovel to allow oxygen to aerate the pile.
Greens (Nitrogen-rich Materials) Browns (Carbon-rich materials)
Grass Clipping Twigs and small branches
Fruits and Vegetables Shredded paper, cardboard, and sawdust
Bread and Grain Hay and straw
Coffee grounds and filters Wood chips
Paper tea bags (no staple) Egg shells
Loose leaves Dried-out flowers or plants
Hair, manure, and fur from chickens, rabbits, cows, or horse Nut Shells
Ashes (wood burning fireplaces)
Dryer and vacuum cleaner lint
Wool or cotton textiles


Materials NOT Suitable for Composting

Non-biodegradable materials Large wood material
Meat, poultry, or fish products and bones Fire starter logs
Dairy products Treated or painted wood
Fats, grease, or oils Waxed or glossy paper
Pet waste Synthetic fibers
Soiled diapers Weeds or diseased/invasive plants
Plastic, metal, glass, charcoal, or ash Black walnut tree leaves or twigs
Yard trimmings treated with chemical pesticides


How to get your compost picked up at home

If residents choose to work with a composting vendor, customer service and billing are separate from Village refuse collection services. Each vendor offers the ability to sign up via their website and make payments online. Each vendor has their own pricing structure and service levels, as well as porch/backdoor pick-up services. Vendors also provide their own 5-gallon buckets and lids to residents.

Compost Vendors

Collective Resource Compost

Collective Resource Compost provides door-to-door residential composting service of food scraps and other compostable matter. They provide a 5-gallon bucket to your family and then pick up the food scraps weekly or biweekly and take them to a commercial compost site. They leave a clean bucket for you to continue your collection for the next pickup.


WasteNot is Chicago’s first and only zero-emissions compost collection service. WasteNot provides members with the easiest and cleanest way to go green by making their collections with 100% electric vans. They offer weekly service, including a clean bucket swap and the option to receive “finished” compost on scheduled distribution days.

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