Are you up to date?
Don’t forget to update your phone number with Waste Management – you may be missing important information! Automatic calls are sent out when there is a change in collection days because of holidays, and for other urgent messages. Make sure Waste Management has the right phone number for you so you don’t miss out. Also, if you have arranged to make automatic payments to Waste Management with a credit card, be sure to check its expiration date to avoid interruption of your service.
How much garbage can I set out each week?
There are three options available. The amount of garbage you may set out is determined by the plan you have chosen.
Unlimited Take-All Option
96-gallon trash cart with no sticker fees for extra bags outside cart. One bulk item per week will be taken at no extra cost to resident. Additional bulk items will require one yard waste/refuse sticker per item. No charge for one White Good per week.
Limited 64-gallon Option
64-gallon trash cart – $2.85 sticker fee for each extra can or bag outside cart. Maximum can or bag size beyond the WM 64-gallon cart is 32 gallons, weighing up to 50 pounds. Maximum bundle size is 4 feet in length by 2 feet in diameter, weighing up to 50 pounds.
Limited 35-Gallon Option
35-gallon trash cart – $2.85 sticker fee for each extra can or bag outside cart. Maximum can or bag size beyond the WM 35-gallon cart is 32 gallons, weighing up to 50 pounds. Maximum bundle size is 4 feet in length by 2 feet in diameter, weighing up to 50 pounds.
Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFL’s)
CFL’s contain mercury and cannot be discarded in your regular trash. CFL’s and fluorescent tube lights can be recycled through Kane County’s Hazardous Waste Program. Click here for details. Used, unbroken bulbs can be brought at any time to the following local stores, as well as to other retail outlets, check individual location: Home Depot (all stores), Ace Hardware on Randall Road in South Elgin, Menard’s on Randall Road in Batavia.
Prescription Drug Disposal
The St. Charles, Kane County Sheriff’s Office, 37W755 IL Route 38 #A (in the Kane County Judicial Center complex), collects prescription drugs for safe and environmentally responsible disposal. A self-contained, secure disposal unit is located in the lobby and is available Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm. All prescription pill and liquid medications in original containers are accepted. It is recommended that labels and personal information be removed or defaced. (Important! No illegal drugs, needles, sharps or syringes are accepted. For information on safe disposal of needles and sharps, see below.)
Alternatively, you can bring unused and expired drugs to the hazardous waste facility in Naperville. For more information about household hazardous waste, click here.
For safe disposal of needles and sharps, Waste Management provides a home collection receptacle program. Call them at 800-796-9696 for more information.
What are “White Goods?”
White goods got their name back in the days when all major appliances came only in white – not black, stainless, harvest gold or anything else. The definition of white goods has come to include any large installed appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, air conditioners, humidifiers, washers and dryers, etc. White goods require special handling because they are banned from landfill disposal. A separate truck must be dispatched for these.
Call Waste Management at 800-796-9696 to arrange a pick-up date. There is a $25.00 per item fee for picking up these items if you have the Limited 64-gallon Option or the Limited 35-gallon Option.
Cleaning out your closet?
There are many agencies that will be happy to accept donations of serviceable used clothing and household goods. Some will pick up items right at your front door. Each has specific guidelines for what they will accept. Goodwill Industries, the Salvation Army, AMVETS, Vietnam Veterans of America and Purple Heart are just a few; contact them directly for more information. Donations are generally tax-deductible, check individual organizations for details.
Styrofoam Packing Peanuts
Styrofoam packing peanuts are accepted for free recycling at the UPS Store located at 902 South Randall Road, across from Meijer Supermarket just south of Route 38. Most other UPS stores accept these as well, check individual locations.