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Refuse and Recycling

Battery Recycling Update: Effective June 12, 2018 Public Works staff was notified by SWANCC that Interstate Batteries of North Chicago in Lake Zurich has stopped picking up or processing the batteries collected from SWANCC communities.  As a result of Interstate’s failure to service the Agency’s program under the current contract, staff is asking that communities discontinue collecting batteries from residents at this time. SWANCC Battery Update

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.

2019 Holiday Refuse and Recycling Schedule

Recycling Collection

Village of Winnetka Recycling Guide

SWANCC Recycling Guide

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:

  • 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.

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 set out 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 may be purchased at Grand Foods, Lakeside Foods or Village Hall for $2.25 each.
  • 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. Special pickup cost are $30 for the first cubic yard of material and $11 for each additonal cubic yard. Call 847-716-3568, two to three working days before the desired collection date to schedule a special pickup, or email:

Refuse- Yard Waste

Residents are required to purchase yard waste bags from local home improvement stores, and affix a Village yard waste sticker on the bag. Stickers can be purchased at Village Hall, Grand Foods and Lakeside Foods for $2.25 each. Bags will be picked up curbside on your designated yard waste pick-up day. Other yard waste, such as brush and branches, must be bundled with rope (not wire) and each bundle must have a sticker affixed. For large accumulations of hedge trimmings, brush, or light tree trimmings, a special yard waste pickup may be requested. 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.

Yard waste must be set out curbside by 7:00 AM on your regular refuse collection day. From April through November, 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.

Paint Recycling

Latex Paint - Latex paint is not considered a toxic material and is not accepted at Household Chemical Waste (HCW) facilities. It can be disposed of at home because it is water-based paint. You can add an absorbent material such as shredded newspapers, kitty litter, sawdust, or waste paint hardener to your latex paint and let it dry out completely in a well-ventilated area and away from children and pets. Once it is dry, put the container in your regular garbage with the lid off so the waste hauler knows the can is empty. Do you have a lot of leftover latex paint? There is a company that will provide a pick-up service for a fee. For more information visit or call (312) 882-7266.

Oil Based Paint - Oil-based paint, stains, solvents and paint thinners contain lead, cadmium and other highly toxic chemicals should be taken to an Illinois Environmental Protection Agency-sponsored (IEPA) household chemical waste facility for safe disposal. There is no fee to Illinois residents. If you are a resident or a business that has a lot of oil-based paint and solvents, ePaint Recycling has a drop-off in Arlington Heights. For more information, visit or call (847) 666-8351.

Household Chemical Waste (HCM)

HCM facilities are sponsored by the IEPA and are available to all Illinois residents at no cost – but no materials will be accepted from schools, businesses or institutions. Acceptable Chemicals:

  • Aerosol Paints
  • Antifreeze
  • Cleaning Products
  • Drain Cleaners
  • Fluorescent Bulbs
  • Gasoline
  • Herbicides
  • Hobby Chemicals
  • Insecticides
  • Lawn Chemicals
  • Medications
  • Mercury
  • Oil-Based Paint
  • Paint Thinners
  • Pesticides
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Solvents
  • Used Motor Oil

Paper Shredding Event

Winnetka’s Document Destruction Event will be held Saturday, August 24th, 2019 from 9:00 am to noon at the Public Works Yards at 1390 Willow Road. The goal of the program is to assist residents with recycling out-dated or sensitive documents. As a continuing program, the Solid Agency of Northern Cook Country (SWANCC) is providing a one-day document destruction event for residentially-generated paper, such as medical forms, bank statement, personal files, retired tax forms, etc. Paper clips and staples do not need to be removed, but please remove binders.

There is no cost to participate, but residents must live in one of SWANCC’s member communities (Winnetka is a SWANCC member community) and ID’s will be checked for proof of residency. Residents will be limited to six file-size boxes or paper shopping bags per vehicle.

Cork Recycling

Wine corks may be recycled at Good Grapes, 821 Chestnut Court in Winnetka or at Wildfire Restaurant, 1300 Patriot Boulevard in Glenview.

Mattress Recyling

For more information on how to properly recycling a mattress, please visit Tuck Mattress Disposal Guide.

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