Refuse, Recycling & Yard Waste

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Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS) is the City’s exclusive waste hauler effective September 1, 2018. LRS's Cortland facility will serve as headquarters for DeKalb services.

Core Services

  1. Garbage: LRS will provide one (1) 95-gallon cart as part of this service. One (1) appliance such as a refrigerator or stove may be placed out for collection each week.
  2. Recyclables: The weekly collection of recyclables will occur on the same day as your refuse collection day. LRS will provide one (1) 65-gallon for recyclables.
  3. Yard Waste: Weekly collection of yard waste will occur on the same day as the above services. LRS will collect yard waste from April 1 through the end of November, including garden trimmings, branches and brush under two inches (2”) in diameter, leaves, flowers, plants, weeds, grass clippings, etc. Place yard waste in biodegradable landscape waste bags, or use an open garbage can marked with "YW" or "X", not exceeding 32-gallons and 50-lbs. Brush must be cut to 4-foot lengths and bundled with biodegradable twine or string, not to exceed 50 pounds. LRS will provide annual Christmas tree collections for the first two weeks in January.

New Services

  1. Electronic Waste (E-waste) Collection: Beginning on October 2018, LRS will collect E-Waste on the first full week of every month on the regularly scheduled pick-up day. E-Waste items include computer mice, monitors, computers, DVD players, fax machines, portable digital music players, printers, satellite receivers, scanners, televisions, video game consoles, and videocassette recorders.  Smaller E-Waste items may be placed at the curb in a brown paper bag or a 24” x 24” x 24” or smaller cardboard box. Please mark the box as "E-waste". E-waste should be separate from the garbage, recyclables, and yard waste containers so it is easy for the driver to identify. Residents with televisions and monitors weighing over 50 pounds or larger than 19 inches should contact LRS customer service department prior to the scheduled collection day.   Requests must be made 48 hours prior to the scheduled collection day for pick-up to occur.  Residents may submit a request online CLICK HEREor by calling LRS Customer Support at 815-770-7550.
  2. Organic Food Scraps (OFS): During the yard waste collection season, residents may mix OFS with yard waste. Acceptable OFS include bread, cereal, coffee grounds, dairy, egg shells, eggs, fruits, grain, pasta, shells, and vegetables.
  3. Household Hazardous Wastes (HHW): LRS offers City of DeKalb residents living in homes with driveways and/or garages, household hazardous waste home collection. This is a special collection, separate from the weekly refuse, recycling and yard waste collection. The service is provided by a professional hazardous waste company and they will schedule the collection date. Collections are generally provided within the same month or following month depending on availability. Residents may submit a request online CLICK HERE  or by calling LRS Customer Service at (815) 770-7550. A collection date will be provided within 2 days of the request, excluding holidays or weekends. Instructions on packaging and preparing the materials for collection will be provided after the request is submitted.

Residents may submit a request online (click here) or by calling 815-770-7550. A collection time and date will be scheduled within 48 hours of the initial request, excluding weekends and holidays. Instructions on packaging and material placement will be provided via the method of contact chosen during your initial request for the HHW collection service.

HHW collections take place from April through October. There are no collections provided from November through March. LRS accepts requests beginning in February for the April collection. 

For a full program brochure, please click here.

Refuse and Recycling Cart Information

All residents of single family and multi-family homes, with an active City of DeKalb utility/garbage account, receive one (1) 95-gallon cart for refuse and one (1) 65-gallon cart for recyclables by default. 

LRS also offers optional 65-gallon and 95-gallon carts for yard waste available for residents to rent for a small fee billed quarterly. Fees are billed for months that fall within the yard waste collection season.

  • 65-gallon yard waste cart = $3.00 per month
  • 95-gallon yard waste cart = $5.00 per month

Residents with special requests for additional refuse or recycling carts or requests for larger or smaller carts, including 35-gallon carts for senior citizens, may submit requests by one of the three methods listed below.