Refuse & Recycling Services

The Village contracts with Waste Management (WM) to provide refuse, recycling, landscape waste, and organics collection for all single-family and many multi-family properties. Waste Management acquired Advanced Disposal, the Village's former service provider, in late 2020. The Village’s current contract can be found here. An amendment to the Village's Waste Management contract (approved October 26, 2021) can be found here

Update: Refuse and bulk item dropoff is no longer available at the transfer station at 2800 Shermer Road. Due to this change in service, residents may now dispose of up to two bulk items per week at no additional charge! Bulk items can be placed at the curb for collection on your regular pickup day. 


Quarterly Reports

Contacting WM

For missed pickups, service requests, container swaps, or other issues, contact Waste Management at 847-272-4145 or WM.com. Residents may also submit concerns or issues to the Village online with GONorthbrook or via phone at 847-664-4010.

Refuse Container Sizes and Rates

Residents can select a 35, 65, or 95-gallon refuse container to best suit their household’s needs. Residents who select a 95-gallon container can dispose of two bulk items, one yard of building material, four rolls of carpet, or four extra refuse bags per week for no additional cost. If disposing of a mattress, it must be covered in plastic or with a mattress disposal kit. Residents who select a 35- or 65-gallon container can dispose of two bulk items per week at no additional cost; all other items (including extra refuse) require stickers.

Residents can change container sizes once every twelve months free of charge. Additional container swaps will cost $25. 

Service rates listed below are effective September 1, 2021; two percent annual rate increases occur every other year beginning September 1. Residents are billed for services quarterly. 

Refuse Cart SizeMonthly RateQuarterly Rate
Curbside - 1x/week
35-gal$15.35$46.05
35-gal (senior discount)$13.82$41.46
65-gal$16.39$49.17
65-gal (senior discount)$14.75$44.25
95-gal$17.65$52.95
95-gal (senior discount)$15.88$47.64
Backdoor - 1x/week
35-gal$28.64$85.92
35-gal (senior discount)$25.79$77.37
65-gal$29.68$89.04
65-gal (senior discount)$26.71$80.13
95-gal$30.72$92.16
95-gal (senior discount)$27.65$82.95
Curbside - 2x/week
35-gal$25.44$76.32
35-gal (senior discount)$22.90$68.70
65-gal$26.48$79.44
65-gal (senior discount)$23.84$70.44
95-gal$27.52$82.56
95-gal (senior discount)$24.78$74.34
Backdoor - 2x/week
35-gal$36.39$109.17
35-gal (senior discount)$32.75$98.25
65-gal$37.43$112.29
65-gal (senior discount)$33.69$101.07
95-gal$38.47$116.22
95-gal (senior discount)$34.63$103.89


Recycling Program

Residents can use a personal container or select a 65 or 95-gallon recycling container, regardless of the selected refuse cart size. Additional recycling carts are available for rent for $2.02/month.

With Waste Management’s acquisition of Advanced Disposal, please note updated recycling guidelines. Waste Management’s single stream recycling program accepts common household items like paper, metal, most plastics, and glass. For plastics, types 1-5 are accepted. Aerosol cans cannot be recycled. Waste Management provides these helpful guides to recycling and keeping contaminants out of your recycling! 

1. Recycle Right: https://www.wm.com/.../Posters.../Poster-What-to-Recycle.pdf

2. Common Contaminants: https://www.wm.com/.../Poster-Most-Common-Contaminants.pdf

Plastic Recycling

To recycle plastic bags, collection bins are located near Village Hall’s back entrance. Accepted items are grocery bags, dry cleaning bags, newspaper sleeves, and Ziploc bags. Only clean and dry bags made of lightweight plastic should be collected. Cereal bags, bubble wrap, and plastic film are not recyclable through this collection. Excessive contamination from unacceptable items will result in discontinuation of the service. A big thanks goes out to local Northbrook business, Aargus Plastics, Inc. for partnering with the Village for this new program. They will reuse our plastic collection to make 100% recycled plastic bags. 

Electronics Recycling

Electronics are accepted at the Fleet Garage behind Village Hall (1227 Cedar Lane) on the first Tuesday and Saturday of each month. Tuesday hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to noon. Electronics cannot be disposed of in your regular trash or recycling.

For the safety of staff and attendees, the following protocols have been put in place:

  • The event will be contactless, and residents will be responsible for removing items from their vehicles. 
  • Residents will be asked to put smaller electronics directly into the dumpster. 
  • Residents needing assistance removing electronics from their vehicles are asked to have a member of their household with them to help.
  • Residents are asked to not enter the vehicle service bays or office at the Fleet Maintenance Garage.

See what can and can’t be recycled here. Note that electronics cannot be disposed of in your regular trash or recycling.

Textile Recycling

The Village contracts with Simple Recycling to provide free year-round textile recycling to residents. For 2022, they updated how to arrange pickups. Pickups are no longer determined by a resident's curbside recycling day, but instead must be scheduled in advance. Here are two options available for residents:

  1. Go to Simple Recycling's website and enter your zip code. The system will then provide an option of available upcoming days to schedule a pickup. Once scheduled, you will receive a confirmation of the pickup and a reminder email the day prior.
  2. You may call Simple Recycling Customer Service to schedule a pickup at 866-835-5068. 

What can I recycle through Simple Recycling?

  • Textiles: clothing, bags, hats, toys, blankets, curtains, pillows
  • Other: jewelry, shoes, tools, silverware, dishes, pots/pans

Northfield Township Road District 

The Northfield Township Road District offers additional recycling opportunities, paper shredding events, and a household hazardous waste program. The Township’s garage is located at 237 Melvin Drive. Learn more at the Northfield Township Road District’s website.

Spring Clean Up Day

Mark your calendars for June 11 from 7am-1pm for “Spring Clean Up” Day. Waste Management will offer residents the chance to dispose of unlimited household waste for free at two different locations: 655 Huehl Road and 1657 Shermer Road. IDs will be checked to confirm residency.

The following items will not be accepted at this event: electronics, landscape waste, organics, construction debris, rocks, sand, lightbulbs, paint, hazardous waste, tires, white goods, or other restricted waste.

Compost and Yard Waste Collection

Subscription Program

Residents can select a year-round subscription for a 35-gallon ($124.85/year) or 95-gallon ($145.66/year) container. With the subscription, Waste Management will collect unlimited yard waste and compost weekly from April 1 - November 30 and every other week from December 1 - March 31: Click here for the bi-weekly collection schedule. Collections take place on the same day as normal refuse collection. Subscribers can place overflow yard waste and organics in plastic/metal containers or Kraft-type bags for no extra charge. No prepaid disposal stickers are required for subscribers.

Sticker Program

Residents not interested in the subscription service can dispose of compost and yard waste from April 1 - November 30 using plastic/metal containers or Kraft-type bags and prepaid disposal stickers. Stickers are $2.12 each and available at Village Hall and local grocery and home/garden stores.

Residents using plastic/metal containers must label each container as ’YARD WASTE ONLY’. Free labels are available at Village Hall.

What to Compost

Acceptable Compost Items - ’Organics’:waste management organic collection guidelines (3)

  • Fruits & vegetables (cooked or raw) - including unpainted holiday pumpkins
  • Dairy & eggs including egg shells - no liquids
  • Breads, grains, pasta, and cereal (cooked or raw, non-meat sauce is okay)
  • Meat, poultry, and seafood
  • Bones and seafood shells
  • Coffee grounds & filters, teabags
  • Food-soiled paper bags, newspaper, paper towels, pizza boxes, and uncoated paper plates

Unacceptable Items:

  • Fats, grease, and oil
  • Service ware (even if marked compostable)
  • Liquids
  • Pet waste and litter
  • Packaging
  • Plastics, Styrofoam, glass, metal, diapers, and other garbage

Residents choosing to compost are encouraged to use a plastic or metal container instead of the Kraft-type bags. This will reduce the possibility of attracting wildlife. 

Collection Information

Use the Know Your Neighborhood Tool to check your assigned collection day(s). Collection days are listed under "Local Services."

Pick-ups take place between 6:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Containers must be out before 6:30 a.m. For backdoor service, make sure containers are outside and accessible (i.e. any gates are unlocked, etc.). Residents may place containers outside up to 12 hours before collection and must return containers to the rear or side of the home within 12 hours of pickup.

Bulk Item Collection

Effective immediately, residents can now place out two bulk items for free collection each week, which will be picked up on your regular collection day. If you put a mattress out for collection, it must be covered in plastic or with a mattress disposal kit. The following are not considered bulk items and will not be picked up by Waste Management as such: electronics (TVs, printers, etc.), construction debris, landscape waste, concrete, stone, dirt, large automobile parts, liquid waste, or tree stumps

If you put a mattress out for collection, it must be covered in plastic or with a mattress disposal kit.

Sharps Disposal

Sharps and used needles can be placed next to your refuse bin on your regularly scheduled garbage pick up day in a securely taped or closed milk jug, laundry detergent jug, or sharps container. In addition, the container must be clearly marked "Sharps" with a dark permanent marker. For questions on sharps disposal, contact the Village Manager's Office at 847-664-4010. 

Holiday Collection

During the weeks of New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day, service will be delayed by one day for residents with normal collections following the holiday. For example, if New Year’s Day falls on a Tuesday, collections be delayed one day that week for all customers who receive their service Tuesday through Friday.

Senior Discount

Waste Management offers a 10% discount to customers over the age of 65. The senior citizen discount is available to qualifying customers who request the discount. Contact Waste Management at 847-272-4145 or WM.com.

Hardship Program

Residents who are physically unable to bring containers to the curb and do not live with someone who can bring containers to the curb may apply for the hardship program. Hardship customers receive weekly backdoor service at the weekly curbside rate. The program applies to both refuse and recycling. To apply, residents can contact the Village Manager’s office at 847-664-4010. The Village will review each request on a case-by-case basis.