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Refuse and Recycling

Collection Schedule

Village of Winnetka Public Works staff provide refuse collection services for the community—including residential and commercial customers. Recycling collection is also provided as a service contracted out by the Village. The standard refuse and recycling schedule for the Village is as follows:PW_Refuse_Truck

  • Monday: North Village limits to the north side of Tower
  • Tuesday: South side of Tower to the north side of Pine
  • Thursday: South side of Pine to the North side of Willow
  • Friday: South side of Willow to the south Village limits

To see a map depicting the pickup zones, please click here.

Need to know when collection will be around holidays? See the 2016 Holiday Refuse & Recycling Schedule.

Recycling Collection

NEW: Click here to view the Village of Winnetka Recycling Guide!

NEW: Click here to view the SWANCC Special Material Programs Guide!

Recycling containers are available for purchase at Village Hall, 510 Green Bay Road. All containers must be out at curbside and ready for collection by 7:00 AM on the scheduled pickup day. Please do not place recycling containers at the curb until dusk the evening prior to your collection day. Containers must be oriented so the lid opens on the street side with the hadle on the house side. Residents are not charged for recyclables. Recyclables may be commingled in one cart. Paper products should not be bundled or tied. Containers should be rinsed.

Recycling is provided free of charge to any Winnetka business that uses the Village’s refuse services.

Please see below for a list of recyclable and non-recyclable items.


  • Paper, newspapers, magazines, catalogs, junk mail, and telephone books
  • Chip board (cereal boxes, towel cores, shoe boxes)
  • Envelopes (window style are OK)
  • Computer paper
  • Corrugated cardboard boxes (maximum size 2' X 2') - All boxes must be flattened
  • All glass bottles & jars
  • All metal food & beverage cans
  • Aluminum foil & pie plates
  • Plastic soda bottles, milk/water jugs, most juice & detergent bottles, and any other rigid or semi-rigid containers labeled #1 through #5; and #7. Items labeled #6 are NOT recyclable through the Village's recycling service
  • Refrigerated gable top cartons such as milk, juice or cream and non-refrigerated shelf-stable cartons such as juice packs, soy milk, soups or wine

NOT Recyclable:

  • Pizza boxes and other food-contaminated paper goods
  • Waxed, frozen or refrigerated food containers
  • Scrap metal other than food containers
  • Lids and caps from bottles
  • Window glass, light bulbs, mirrors, dishes, mugs, plates
  • Containers from automotive products, chemical & paint products
  • Polystyrene/Styrofoam (accepted through drop-off program)
  • Plastic bags
  • Single-use paper goods (plates, cups, napkins, towels, tissues)

To learn more about the Village's recycling services provider, Lakeshore Recycling Systems, and to see what happens to your recycled materials after they are picked up, click here.

"Recycle My Fridge" Program

The Village’s wholesale electric supplier, Illinois Municipal Electric Agency (IMEA), has a refrigerator recycling program for residential customers in member communities.  Winnetka residents can save money and go green by retiring a secondary refrigerator. For more information on the program or to schedule a free pick-up time, call 877-341-2313 or visit If you have a non-functioning appliance, please call Public Works at 847-716-3568 to schedule a special refuse collection.

For more information on recyclable materials, see this flyer prepared by the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County. Click here for more information on SWANCC and their electronics recycling program. You can also download the Village's Recycling Brochure.

Refuse Collection

As part of the regular collection of residential refuse, the Village will empty two 37-gallon garbage cans of trash from each single-family household (at the back door, if available) once per week. To ensure efficient collection of refuse please follow the guidelines below:

  • Refuse should be available and accessible by 7:00 AM;
  • All receptacles shall not weigh more than 20-lbs. empty, and not more than 60-lbs. when full;
  • On collection days, garbage cans are to be located in an accessible place outside of garages or other secured enclosures. Garbage cans may be required to be removed from behind fences or parked cars that block driveways;
  • Regular collections are limited to no more than two 37-gallon cans, once per week. An optional twice-per-week subscription pickup may be scheduled for an additional fee;
  • Each additional 37-gallon can or bag must have a Village refuse sticker affixed in order to be collected. Refuse stickers and yard waste bags may be purchased at Grand Foods and Lakeside Foods for $2 each. Stickers are also available for purchase at Village Hall.
  • A special pickup can be scheduled for occasional excess debris.

Refuse- Special Pickups

For large objects or quantities not practical for regular refuse pickup, a special pickup may be requested. Special pickups are billed by volume and must consist of general household items that are small and light enough to be handled by two persons without danger of injury. Major appliances and large heavy furnishings may also be collected, but a special handling charge will be assessed to cover costs and disposal. Call 847-716-3568, two to three working days before the desired collection date to schedule a special pickup, or email:

Refuse- Yard Waste

UPDATE: Beginning January 1, 2017, the Village will discontinue the sale of Village-provided yard waste bags. Residents will be required to purchase yard waste bags instead from local home improvement stores and will still need to affix a Village yard waste sticker on the bag. Stickers can be purchased at Village Hall, Grand Foods and Lakeside Foods for $2.00 each. Bags will continue to be picked up curbside on your designated yard waste pick-up day. Other yard waste, such as brush and branches, must be bundled and each bundle must have a sticker affixed. For more information or any questions, please contact the Public Works Department at (847) 716-3568.

Illinois law prohibits disposing of yard waste (lawn clippings, brush, branches, etc.) with regular household refuse. The Village provides curbside collection of yard waste throughout the year; however, additional collection procedures and charges apply to this type of refuse.

Village Yard Waste Bags must be used for clippings and other similar landscaping refuse. They can be purchased for $2.00 each at Grand Foods and Lakeside Foods. Generic yard bags will not be picked up unless a $2 sticker is attached to them, also available for purchase and Grand and Lakesde as well as Village Hall.

Other yard waste, such as brush and branches, must be bundled and each bundle must have a sticker affixed. Bundles cannot be larger than 2' x 2' x 4', and can only be fastened with string. For large accumulations of hedge trimmings, brush, or light tree trimmings, a special yard waste pickup may be requested.

Accumulations for curbside collection must be ready for pick up by 7 AM on the scheduled day. Yard waste is collected year round on your regular collection day. From April through November, however, yard waste is collected twice per week: on both Monday and Thursday from residents who have either Monday or Thursday garbage collection and on both Tuesday and Friday from residents who have either Tuesday or Friday garbage collection.

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