Refuse & Recycling

In the Village of Berkeley, refuse and recycling is collected in two identifiable carts.  Each home is provided one cart for refuse and an additional cart for recycling. The collection of the recycling cart will be on a weekly basis.

The base cost for the recycling and refuse program includes a fair, fixed volume of capacity. If more refuse is generated for disposal than the cart can hold in one week, a resident may purchase a prepaid tag for each additional volume of waste set out that week.

As of 6/1/24, the monthly refuse/recycling monthly rate is $23.71/month. The cost for an additional refuse or recycling cart is $3.00/month. The rate increase will be reflective on the July 2024 bill. 

To report that a garbage was missed or a complaint regarding refuse collection, please contact the Lakeshore Recycling  directly at 1-844-633-3577 or visit their website for specific information about the Village's program. 


 Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS)

The Village recently negotiated a new five-year agreement with Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS). The new five-year contract includes a reduction in rates of $70 per year for each home, weekly recycling collection, one free bulk item collected weekly for no charge, and no requirement for stickers. Weekly recycling is included with the new program. 

 For more information about the new refuse and recycling program, please visit LRS’s Berkeley webpage at

Collection Schedule
Refuse collection day is every Thursday. All carts and collectible materials are to be out NO EARLIER THAN 7 p.m. the DAY BEFORE COLLECTION and NO LATER THAN 6:00 a.m. on collection day and carts/cans are to be REMOVED FROM THE PARKWAY/CURB by 7:00 p.m. of collection day.

Annual Electronics Recycling Event
The Village will hold its' annual electronic recycling event on Thursday, April 18, 2024. Residents are required to submit a request to LRS for items they want picked up either electronically ( or by calling (1-844-633-3577) LRS. All requests must be received by April 12, 2024. There is a limit of seven (7) items per household. 





Recyclables are placed in recycling cart, and are collected weekly. The Village’s convenient recycling program accepts:
  • Rinsed aluminum containers (beverage/food)
  • Rinsed glass containers (beverage and food - green/clear/brown)
  • Rinsed Bi-Metal containers: soup, vegetable, coffee, food, empty paint - aerosol containers
  • Newsprint (anything paper that comes with or in a newspaper)
  • Chipboard/Corrugated boxes (cereal, food, tissue boxes, gift/shoe boxes, etc.). Please breakdown/cut large boxes into flat 2’ by 2’ pieces
  • Mixed Paper (junk mail, envelopes, phone books, office/notebook, computer, white or colored paper, no metal fasteners attached to it, paper grocery bags magazines and catalogs)
  • Rinsed Plastic food-beverage containers stamped with the number 1 through 7 on the bottom of the container.


Items that cannot be accepted through the recycling program include:

  • Batteries – Tissues - Paper Disposable Plates / Towels
  • Cardboard and Styrofoam Take Out Food Boxes
  • Pizza Boxes - Medical Sharps - Light Bulbs- Window Glass
  • Mirrors - Bike or Car Parts – Dishware, Drinking Glasses or Cups

 Special Pick-up

A special pick-up service can be arranged for items such as carpeting, amounts of material greater than 1 cubic yard, large appliances/fixtures (hot water heaters, refrigerators, clothes washers and dryers, freezers, bathroom tubs, etc.). Should a resident need waste removal assistance for a major clean up, home remodeling project, etc., a 15, 20, or 30 yard roll-off box can be delivered to the home. Please contact Lakeshore Recycling (formerly Roy Strom) at 1-844-633-3577 for more information about service and pricing.

 Guidelines for the Disposal/Recycling of Unique Items

There are unique items that require additional steps to be safely disposed of or recycled properly that not every household may encounter. Click here for a detailed listing of guidelines that you can use to help you properly dispose of such items.

 Items Not Picked-up

In Illinois, certain items cannot be disposed of in a permitted pollution control facility or be handled by conventional waste collection equipment. These items are not collected in the Village program.
  • Tires 
  • Automobile wheels and large parts
  • Automobile and similar batteries
  • Toxic waste
  • Radioactive waste
  • Medical waste /needles unless properly packaged for safe disposal
  • Volatile and explosive waste
  • Acids and poisons
  • Gasoline, motor oil, other flammable liquids
  • Unhardened paint and other similar liquids
  • Hazardous Waste (the transport and disposal of which is regulated by either the US EPA or the State of Illinois E P A.)
  • Electronic Recycling items including computers, monitors, televisions, video consoles, fax machines, printers, laptops, MP3 players, scanners, DVD recorders, cable satellite receivers, small servers, and digital converter boxes
  • All other materials the contractor is legally prohibited from accepting for collection.

For additional information on how hazardous or special wastes can be properly and safely handled please contact West Cook County Solid Waste Agency at 708-450-0100.