Waste Collection and Recycling Tips

Information and Holidays

Scavenger Services

The City of Waukegan contracts refuse collection with LRS, a private disposal company. Under the current terms of the contract, LRS agrees to collect all residential garbage and recyclables once per week, and yardwaste in season. One bulk item such as furniture and carpeting may be placed next to the standard trash container at the curb for regular weekly pickup. Containers should be placed at the curb no earlier than 5PM the night preceding collection and removed from the curb by 6PM the evening of collection.

Acceptable and Unacceptable Recycling Items

LRS website lists all acceptable and unacceptable recycling items. Carts that are contaminated with excessive garbage, trash, or non-recycling items will be tagged with a note/sticker and will not be collected until unacceptable items are removed.

Recycling Cart Collection Location

Place your cart within two feet of the curb or street in front of your home in a clear area, away from cars, mailboxes, light posts, bushes and any other obstructions near the street or on the parkway. The lid hinge should face towards your house. The recycling collection truck uses semi-automated equipment so it is important that the carts are set out in this manner and easily reachable. If the semi-automated equipment can not reach your cart, it may not be emptied.

Do not leave items outside the cart. The cart marked Recycling Only should NEVER be used for non-recyclables or trash.

Additional Recycling Carts & Larger Carts

Residents may lease an additional recycling cart by calling LRS.

Regular Trash Collection Program

The Trash collection program includes once-per-week collection and is billed to the resident through the property tax. Residents should place all trash inside the container in order to be picked up. Keep all container lids closed. 

If a single household item is too large to fit in a cart, then it is considered a BULK item. LRS will accept one bulk item each week! Please place the bulk item next to your trash cart on your regularly scheduled collection day.

If the item is heavier than 50 lbs., contact LRS to schedule the collection so adequate equipment can be used to handle the item safely. Additional bulk items placed out on the same day will require prepayment and prescheduling.

For health and safety reasons, mattresses should be wrapped in plastic to be collected. Plastic mattress wrap can be found online or at local grocery stores, hardware stores, storage and moving outlets. If using loose plastic, it must be completely taped and secured on all corners with no exposure to the mattress.

Call LRS if you are unsure if an item requires additional labor or equipment at 844-633-3577 or send a request with a photo of the item(s) by e-mail to Service@LRSrecycles.com 

Extra Trash / Bulk Items / Building Materials

Extra pick-ups must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance by calling LRS. This includes all additional items that do not fit inside the cart, that exceed the limit of ONE bulk items, or that weigh more than 50 pounds each. Residents will be charged directly.

Missing Carts

Neither the City nor LRS replaces missing/stolen carts, or broken carts due to overloading. Residents must purchase a replacement cart. Broken carts due to normal wear and tear will be exchanged by LRS at no charge.

Burning Waste is Prohibited

Per City ordinance, the open burning of leaves, brush, trimmings from trees or bushes, paper, garbage, refuse, waste, or other combustible material on any property, public or private, within the City limits is prohibited. (Chapter 10, Section 10-8)

Yardwaste Collection

Get information concerning yardwaste collection.

Garbage Collection Holidays

When a holiday falls on Sunday through Friday, scheduled pickup day will be delayed by one day.  When a holiday falls on Saturday, scheduled pickup will not be delayed.  Download the holiday list

  • New Years Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

Disposal and Recycling Tips

  • Shredded paper is not recyclable in the curbside cart. You may choose to recycle shredded paper at any number of schools or the Waukegan Public Library bins.
  • Plastic bags are not recyclable in the curbside cart. You may choose to recycle them at Jewel or Walmart.

For more information, call LRS at 844-633-3577.

Electronics Recycling

The City has a dumpster located at Public Works for electronics recycling. Electronics will NOT be picked up with regular trash collection. SWALCO's website has a list of accepted electronics. Access to the dumpster is available Monday through Friday, 7am to 3:30pm (excluding holidays.)

Tire Recycling

The City has a dumpster located at Public Works for tires. Tires will NOT be picked up with regular trash collection. Tires must be off the rims to be recycled at Public Works. Access to the dumpster is available Monday through Friday, 7am to 3:30pm (excluding holidays.) 

Textile Recycling

The City has a bin located just outside the gate at Public Works for textiles.  SWALCO's website has a list of accepted clothing and textiles.  The bin is available 24/7.