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.
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 847-664-4015
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 one bulk item, 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 one bulk item 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 Size||Monthly Rate|
|Curbside - 1x/week|
|35-gal (senior discount)||$13.82|
|65-gal (senior discount)||$14.75|
|95-gal (senior discount)||$15.88|
|Backdoor - 1x/week|
|35-gal (senior discount)||$25.79|
|65-gal (senior discount)||$26.71|
|95-gal (senior discount)||$27.65|
|Curbside - 2x/week|
|35-gal (senior discount)||$22.90|
|65-gal (senior discount)||$23.84|
|95-gal (senior discount)||$24.78|
|Backdoor - 2x/week|
|35-gal (senior discount)||$32.75|
|65-gal (senior discount)||$33.69|
|95-gal (senior discount)||$34.63|
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
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 are accepted at the Fleet Garage behind Village Hall (1227 Cedar) 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.
- Advanced Disposal and Village staff will not remove items from resident’s vehicles.
- Residents needing assistance removing electronics from their vehicles are asked to have a member of their household with them to help.
- Residents with larger electronics will be directed where to place them for staff to collect afterwards.
- 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.
Spring Clean Up Day
Waste Management (formerly Advanced Disposal) hosts an annual Spring Clean Up Day offering residents the chance to dispose of unlimited household waste for free at three different locations!
During the event, residents can bring their items to Waste Management (2800 Shermer Road), the Village’s Public Works Center (655 Huehl Road), or 1657 Shermer Road (formerly Grainger). 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.
Stay tuned for the 2022 event date!
The Village contracts with Simple Recycling to provide free year-round curbside textile recycling to single-family homes. Residents no longer need Simple Recycling bags to participate in this program! Simply fill any bags or boxes, label them, and place them outside your front door.
Simple Recycling follows the same route and holiday schedule as Waste Management. Visit Simple Recycling’s website or call 866-835-5068 to request collection bags or learn what items can be recycled.
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.
Compost and Yard Waste Collection
Residents can select a year-round subscription for a 35-gallon ($122.40/year) or 95-gallon ($142.80/year) container. With the subscription, Advanced Disposal will collect unlimited yard waste and compost weekly from April 1 - November 30 and every other week from December 1 - March 31. 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.
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 $2.08 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 and Advanced Disposal’s Transfer Station (2800 Shermer Road).
What to Compost
Acceptable Compost Items - ’Organics’:
- 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)
- Coffee grounds & filters, teabags
- Food-soiled paper bags, newspaper, paper towels, pizza boxes, and uncoated paper plates
- Meat, poultry, and seafood
- Bones and seafood shells
- Fats, grease, and oil
- Service ware (even if marked compostable)
- Pet waste and litter
- 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.
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
Residents can place out one bulk item 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 Advanced Disposal 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 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.
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.
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.
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.