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Residential Refuse and Recycling

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. 

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

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. These items do not include 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 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.

The same spring cleanup restrictions apply (No white goods, no electronics, construction debris, items must be under 50IBS). Please call ahead to notify LRS of the 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.

LRS will collect one large electronic under 50lbs waste item (televisions, monitors, computers, speakers, etc.) or three small electronic waste items (phones, 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 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. 

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. 

Garbage, recycling and yard waste are collected on the primary day in each area. Different trucks collect different materials - they may not be collected at the same time. Residents choosing twice-weekly service have only garbage collected on the secondary day. To confirm boundaries, call Lakeshore Recycling Systems at 773.685.8811.

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

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. 

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, 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.

Residential Guide for Waste and Recycling Collection in Highland Park


The City of Highland Park along with SWALCO (Solid Waste Agency of Lake County) promotes recycling as one of various ways to improve the environment.  Learn what can be recycled at the City's Recycling Center at 1180 Half Day Rd.