New homeowners have a one-time option within the first 120 days of occupancy to contact Lakeshore Recycling Services at 844-633-3577 to request a larger or smaller recycling cart. The following sizes are available: 35-gallon, 64-gallon, 96-gallon.
- Plastic bags are not accepted in the curbside recycling program. They get tangled in the Material Recovery Facilities equipment, breaking or stopping machinery. Empty plastic bags should go back to a participating retail outlet or grocery store for recycling.
- Shredded paper is no longer taken in the curbside recycling program. Because of its size and elasticity, shredded paper does not separate easily from other materials, i.e. it cross-contaminates bottles and cans.
- It is recommended, although not required, that other small paper items be placed in paper grocery bags prior to being placed in the recycling cart. This will help to avoid scattering of paper on windy collection days. Do not put recyclable materials in plastic bags.
- Do not mix garbage in with recyclables.
- Glass and plastic containers should be rinsed free of food before recycling. Paper products which have become soaked with grease, such as pizza boxes, should be put with your garbage as these cannot be recycled.
- Cardboard must be cut into 3’ x 3’ squares and can be placed in the recycling cart or alongside the recycling cart on collection day.
- No styrofoam of any kind, including egg cartons and grocery packing trays; these cannot be recycled.
What happens to your recycling?
Have you ever wondered what happens to your recycling once the truck picks it up? Here is a link to a Waste Management website that includes a video showing the sorting process:
Click here for information on Lakeshore Recycling Systems Single Stream Recycling
The attached link is from a recent WGN Investigates story, “Recycling in Chicagoland: We’re doing it wrong and soon it will cost more”. Please take a moment to not only read the article but watch the video. It provides a good summary of the current state of recycling.
Did you Know?
You can recycle used household batteries (C, D, AA, AAA , 9V) by securing them in a small ziptop bag and putting it out on your regular collection day on top of your recycling bin. Do not discard them inside the bin.
Your recycling bin needs a clearance of 3 feet all around in order for the automated truck to collect and empty it. Please be sure it’s well away from your mailbox, your garbage bins, and other objects that might get in the way of the truck’s collection arm.