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Waste and Diversion

UPDATE July 17, 2020: 
In partnership with LRS, the City has rescheduled Clean-up Days for August 2020. The new schedule is as follows: 

  • If your collection is Monday, your Clean-Up Day is Saturday, August 8
  • If your collection is Tuesday, your Clean-Up Day is Saturday, August 15
  • If your collection is Thursday, your Clean-Up Day is Saturday, August 22
  • If your collection is Friday, your Clean-Up Day is Saturday, August 29

For more information, please click here.

The City Manager’s Office leads the effort to reduce the City’s volume of solid waste and to increase participation in recycling programs and composting.

Lake Shore Recycling Systems
As of January 1, 2016, Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS) is Highland Park's waste and recycling hauler for all residential, commercial and multi-family properties.  Please visit to read about Lakeshore Recycling Systems.

Service Schedule 


Primary Day (Once a Week)
Second Day (Twice a week)
 Southeast Quadrant



 Southwest Quadrant



 Northeast Quadrant



 Northwest Quadrant



Please refer to this map to locate your street and quadrant. 

Hours of Collection 
Collection begins at 7:00 AM. Please have your materials ready in their appropriate locations at that time. For the sake of appearance, please put your materials out no earlier than 7:00 PM the evening before your scheduled pick-up. Note: Pick-up times will vary with routing changes or extreme weather conditions.

Monthly Base Fee: $6.04 charged to all Highland Park residents regardless of service.

Locations to Buy Refuse Stickers
City Hall
1707 St. Johns Avenue
Heinen’s Food
2503 Waukegan Road
Jewel Osco
1600 Deerfield Road
Mutual ACE Hardware
1393 Half Day Road
Sunset Foods
1812 Green Bay Road
632 Roger Williams Avenue 847.432.8170

Service options:

Curbside Volume-based Service:
35 gallon trash $2.66 per service + base fee $6.04
64 gallon trash $5.32 per service + base fee $6.04
96 gallon trash $7.98 per service + base fee $6.04

Backdoor Volume-based Service:
35 gallon trash $2.66 per service + $23.39 per month ($17.35 backdoor charge + base fee $6.04)

Curbside Subscription Service: (1) 35g or 65g *trash cart + (1) 35g, 64g, or 96g recycle cart
1x per week service $24.48 per month ($18.44 per month + base fee $6.04)
2x per week service $44.00 per month ($37.96 per month + base fee $6.04)
*Customer may choose a 96g trash cart for an additional premium fee of $5.11 per month

Backdoor Subscription Service: (1) 35g trash cart + (1) 35g or 64g recycle cart
1x per week service $41.83 per month ($18.44 + $17.35 backdoor charge + base fee $6.04)
2x per week service $61.35 per month ($37.96 + $17.35 backdoor charge + base fee $6.04)

Landscape/Organics Service: April 1st – December 15th includes (1)35g cart upon request
Subscription Service $244.31 per season
Volume-based (Sticker) $2.66 sticker per 32g cart, kraft bag, or bundle not exceeding 4ft in length,
24in in diameter and 50lbs in weight

Additional Fees:
Additional Carts: $3.25 per cart per month
Extra Waste: $2.66 sticker per 32 gallon bag
Large & Bulky Items: $15.30 per cubic yard – 2yd minimum
Appliances: $41.70 per appliance
Cart Delivery or Exchange: $27.11

Ancillary Services:
Rate for Equipment & Personnel: $135.57/ hour per worker and vehicle

Helpful Links 
A list of FAQs has been compiled to help answer any questions in regards to waste, recycling and composting. If you have further questions about waste and recycling programs, please contact LRS at 773.685.8811. 

Additional Programs 
Landscape Waste Collection
The landscape waste program runs from April 1st to December 15th of each year. Service is provided on the same day as refuse and recycling collection. Yard waste is to be placed in a 30-gallon biodegradable paper bag, bundled or placed in a metal or plastic container up to 33 gallons in size. Bags, bundles, and containers may not exceed 50 pounds and are to be placed at the curb for collection. Containers must be marked as yard waste. Bundles cannot exceed 4 feet in length and 2 feet in diameter. Branches within each bundle may not exceed 3 inches in diameter.

Annual spring clean-up/ Bulk Item Pickup
Spring clean-up is offered year-round through Lakeshore Recycling Systems’ (LRS) bulk item pickup service. Highland Park residents are permitted to dispose of one bulk item (up to 50 pounds) per pickup on the same day as service and must be placed by the curb.  The following items will not be collected during spring clean-up or the weekly bulk item collection: White goods, electronics, items over 50 pounds (requiring two employees to lift safely) or construction debris. For these items, Lakeshore Recycling Systems asks customers to call the customer service line at 773.685.8811 or email Get the word out to neighbors - you don't need to wait for spring to get rid of unwanted items!

Carpet is considered construction debris and must be less than 4 feet in length and 18 inches in diameter. For proper carpet disposal, please call the customer service line at 773.685.8811 to arrange for a special pickup.

Mattresses that are placed out for removal should be wrapped and sealed.  Shrink-wrapping is optimal, but plastic bags that have been taped together is acceptable too.  This will help drivers avoid bed bug issues, and/or mattresses that are difficult to lift due to soaking up rain or water.

Please call ahead to notify LRS of any curbside bulk item at 773.685.8811.

*If more than one bulk item is left out for pickup you will need to call LRS to receive a quote for removal.

Electronic Recycling Pickup 
LRS will collect one large electronic item under 50lbs (televisions, monitors, computers, speakers, etc.) or three small electronic waste items (phones, computer mice, radios, adding machines, etc.) on the first customer collection day of each month. Please contact LRS for information regarding large or small-sized electronic waste options at 773.685.8811or

White Goods
White goods and appliances (washers and dryers, refrigerators, ovens, dishwashers, stoves, AC units, hot water heaters, freezers, etc.) are not accepted. If you have an appliance or white good that needs removal, please contact a LRS Service Representative at 773.685.8811 or to schedule service. A charge of $40.00 per item will be charged. 

Holiday Service 

  • New Year's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

If a holiday falls on a weekday or Sunday, the collection is delayed by one day for the rest of the week. Pick-up will be made on Saturday so that service is back to the normal schedule by the following Monday. Learn more.