Refuse, Recycling and Yard Waste Collection

Refuse Collection

A 95-gallon refuse container is provided to each single-family household for storage of up to 200 pounds of household refuse, with the exception of electronics, batteries, tires, motor oil, transmission fluid, anti freeze, other hazardous materials  and construction debris left by contractors or large do-it-yourself jobs. General household refuse is collected twice per week. 

If you live north of Greenleaf Street, refuse is collected on Monday and Thursday.  If you live south of Greenleaf Street, refuse is collected on Tuesday and Friday.

Collections are made in the alley where alleys are present and at the curb in the front of the house where alleys do not exist.  Refuse should not be set out prior to 6 p.m. the night before collection.  Refuse carts can not remain at the curb past 6 p.m. the night of collection.  In order to ensure collection, refuse containers must be set out by 7 a.m. on the scheduled collection day.

Refuse Collection Guidelines

Refuse Collection Map or Interactive Refuse Collection Map

2018 Holiday Refuse and Recycling Schedule

Lakeshore Waste Services is contracted to handle the Village's Commercial Refuse Collection Program.  For more information, contact Lakeshore Waste Services at 773/685-8811 or click here

Recycling Collection

Skokie residents have the opportunity to make a significant contribution to the environment through the Village's comprehensive weekly recycling program.  Residents are provided with 65-gallon carts for recyclable materials. Recycling collection is provided by Lakeshore Recycling Systems, who has been contracted by the Village. For information on Lakeshore's recycling collection, visit their website by clicking here.  Collection of recyclable materials occurs every week in single-family residential areas. The total weight of the filled cart should not exceed 150 pounds. Please flatten large boxes and place them next to the cart.  Please DO NOT mix garbage or landscape waste in the recycling cart. In curbside collection areas, set out recycling containers by 7 a.m. on the day of pickup, but not before 6 p.m. the night before collection.

"Recycle More. Trash Less." brochure

Recycling Collection Guidelines

Recycling Collection Map/Schedule or Interactive Recycling Map/Schedule

Click here to view a video entitled Recycling 101 - The Dos and Don'ts.

Yard Waste Collection

New for 2018! - No need to schedule yard waste collection. Just set your yard waste out each Wednesday for collection. 

The Village does not collect grass clippings, dirt or sod as part of the Yard Waste Program.

Village of Skokie Yard Waste Collection Quick Facts

  • "Greenscaping" Your Lawn and Garden, an EPA publication.
  • Grass clippings, dirt or sod will NOT be collected.  Residents who wish to dispose of these materials will need to contact a private landscaper for disposal options.
  • Skokie residents are asked to mulch their grass clippings by letting them lay on the lawn after weekly mowing.
  • Brush and other yard debris will be collected on Wednesday of each week from early April through mid-November.
  • Yard debris eligible for collection includes bush trimmings, thatch, old flower or vegetable plants. leaves, weeds and branches.
  • Yard waste must be placed in a biodegradable paper yard waste bag.
  • Brush should be bundled with string, rope or twine, with branches not exceeding 5 feet in length and 3 inches in diameter and shall not exceed 40 pounds.
  • Loose yard waste or yard waste placed in plastic bags will not be accepted for collection.

Questions?  Please call 847/933-8427 or visit the Village's homepage at for program updates.

Please not that lawn equipment may only be operated between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m., Monday through Friday; between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Saturdays and between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.

Commercial Refuse and Recycling

The Village approved a solid waste contract with Lakeshore Recycling Systems for the Village's Commercial Refuse and Recycling Program.  Lakeshore began serving franchise customers on February 1, 2012.

Commercial recycling remains a major program goal.  The Village encourages businesses to take advantage of the recycling opportunity to possibly further reduce refuse service costs. 

For more information, contact Lakeshore Recycling Systems at 773/685-8811 or click here.

Skokie Textile Recycling Program

An estimated 85 percent of textiles end up in landfills, despite charitable collection centers and pick up services. To help reduced this the Village of Skokie has partnered with Simple Recycling. 

The Simple Recycling program works like this: Place textiles in the Simple Recycling plastic bag next to your recycling cart on recycling collection day and Simple Recycling collects the bags in a specially marked van.  Simple Recycling collection crews need to see your orange bag in order to collect it properly and to provide you with a replacement bag.

You will receive a replacement bag after your textiles are collected. To order extra bags, click here or call 866/835- 5068.

Any textiles in any condition are accepted. Here is a list of items to recycle: • Men’s, women’s and children’s clothing • Boots, shoes, sandals, socks, undergarments • Belts, ties, handbags, purses • Coats, jackets, gloves, hats, scarves • Sheets, pillow cases, pillows, blankets, comforters • Table linens, towels • Stuffed animals

Simple Recycling is a private company and cannot give a receipt for a tax deduction. Residents who would like a tax donation receipt or otherwise wish to contribute unwanted textiles, apparel items and household goods to a charity are encouraged to go to one of two charity centers in Skokie: 

Goodwill Store and Donation Center
5518 West Touhy Avenue

Salvation Army Family Store and Donation Center
4335 Oakton Street

Simple Recycling sends collected material to a thrift store facility in Chicago, where roughly 30 percent of the material goes to local thrift stores, another 30 percent is appropriate for overseas markets and the remainder is processed into fiber or repurposed as industrial rags.

For more information on the Simple Recycling service, please contact the Public Works Department at 847/933-8427.

Electronics Recycling

There are permanent electronic recycling locations open for drop off services.

There is no cost to drop off materials, but the programs are for residents that live in SWANCC member communities.

Glenview Transfer Station
1151 N River Road, Des Plaines
Across from the Maryville Academy
Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Winnetka Public Works
1390 Willow Road
Thursdays: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Additionally, several local retail businesses provide electronics recycling. Please visit their website for details.

Abt Electronics
1200 N Milwaukee Avenue, Glenview

1509 Waukegan Road
Glenview, IL.  60025

Best Buy
For more information, please visit:

Please contact the individual locations for details on accepted materials. For more information on recycling please visit

Construction Materials

Remodeling waste from small do-it-yourself projects by the homeowner will be collected by Village crews and is limited to one cubic yard of material per set-out. All the containerized items must be placed in bags or boxes, and be of sufficient strength to hold the materials. Bagged, boxed, and bundled materials must not exceed 40 pounds and should be placed in the same area where your refuse is normally collected.

For all contract construction jobs, large do-it-yourself projects, or when materials placed for collection exceed one cubic yard, homeowners must make arrangements with their contractor or make arrangements with a private hauler for debris disposal.

Construction Material Disposal Guidelines

Household Hazardous Waste

For information on hazardous waste drop-off locations or other specialized recycling events, visit  Residents can recycle CFLs or old batteries at the Skokie Health Department, located on the lower level of Village Hall, 5127 Oakton Street, between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Click here to view a video entitled How to Get Rid of Paint and Household Chemicals.

ComEd Wants You to Know About Safe Recycling & Disposing of CFLs
CFLs save money and help the environment.  ENERGY STAR rated CFLs use up to 75 percent less electricity than incandescent bulbs and last up to 10 times longer, preventing greenhouse gas emissions that lead to global climate change. Mercury is an essential component of CFLs and is what allows the bulb to be an efficient light source.  No mercury is released when the bulbs are intact or in use. ComEd encourages all customers to properly dispose of burned out or broken CFLs.

If a bulb breaks: There is little danger from a single bulb breaking – the amount of mercury in a CFL is less than 5mg, roughly the size of a tip on a ballpoint pen.  However, as a precaution, take the following steps to dispose of a broken CFL:

  1. Open the window and leave the room for 15 minutes or more.
  2. Do not use a vacuum cleaner – wear gloves and scoop the fragments with cardboard and place them in a puncture-proof, tightly sealed container such a glass jar. On carpet, use sticky tape to pick up small pieces and powder.
  3. Wipe the area clean with damp paper towels.
  4. Place all clean-up materials in the sealed container and bring them to the Skokie Health Department, 5127 Oakton Street. Wash your hands after the clean-up and disposal of the sealed container.

If you must vacuum, remove the vacuum bag after cleaning, put it in two sealed bags and place in the outdoor trash for normal disposal.  Source: Environmental Protection Agency,

For more information on CFL/mercury disposal, click here or click here for CFL recycling information from ComEd.

Battery Recycling Program
The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) recently established a Battery Recycling Program for rechargeable and alkaline batteries.  Old batteries can be dropped off at the Skokie Health Department, 5127 Oakton Street.

Common household batteries are no longer accepted at Illinois EPA-sponsored household chemical waste events and facilities, due to their benign nature and high recycling costs.  On the other hand, rechargeable batteries contain heavy metals, which pose a threat to our environment and have a marketable recyclability.

Click here to view a video entitled SWANCC's Programs for Special Materials.

Batteries Accepted in SWANCC's Program:

  • Alkaline:  AA, AAA, C, D and 9V
  • Rechargeable: NiCd, NiMh, lithium ion, lithium polymer - Before dropping off rechargeable batteries, residents need to tape the contact points on each battery or place them in an individual self-locking plastic bag to avoid sparks.