Refuse & Recycling

In the Village of Berkeley, refuse and recycling is collected in two identifiable carts.  Each home is provided one cart for refuse (brown with brown lid) and an additional cart for recycling (brown with blue lid). The collection of the recycling cart will be on a bi-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.

Residents who wish to consider the senior convenience option container (64 Gallon) must meet the Senior/Disability qualification criteria: the individual must reside at the property receiving the service; be the property owner or lease holder at the property; be 62 years old or must have a disability requiring accommodation with the 64 gallon size container.

To report that a garbage was missed or a complaint regarding refuse collection, please contact the Roy Strom directly at (708) 344-5000. 

 How the Program Works

This convenient, easy to follow “how to” service guide is designed to assist residents better understand how the Village’s convenient refuse, recycling, and yard waste collection program can work best for them. The Village’s program is for the collection of residential household refuse, home remodeling debris, yard waste, and recyclables generated at the dwelling unit being served.

Collection Schedule
Refuse collection day is every Thursday (where a holiday does not occur during the week). Recycling collection is picked up bi-weekly based on the schedule below. All carts and collectible materials are to be out by 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. the same day. Pick up dates are located in the Berkeley Matters or can be found on the Community Calendar.

Holiday Schedule
If a holiday falls on a weekday (Monday through Thursday), refuse, recycling, and yard waste will be collected on Friday of that week. The following holidays will be observed each year: New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Household Program
Residential units consisting of two (2) dwellings or less may set out their refuse cart each week. Household refuse including any junk items that can be placed in the cart with the lid closed will be accepted. Electronic and hazardous waste and materials prohibited by State law will not be picked up. On occasion residents will generate a bit more refuse than will fit in the cart; additional household refuse set out for disposal must be placed in a 32 gal refuse can with a prepaid Village of Berkeley Universal Solid Waste Tag affixed to the handle of each additional can set out.

Household refuse must be set out in containers:

  • No larger than 32 gallons in capacity;
  • That are waterproof, have handles, and tight fitting lids; and
  • That can be lifted by one person, and not exceed 50 pounds when full.

One (1) bulk item per residential unit per week may be set out for collection for no additional charge. Bulk items include: household furniture, grills, mattresses, tables, bicycles, etc., but do not include appliances. Each additional item of the same type will require one (1) Village of Berkeley Universal Solid Waste Tag. The cost of a Village of Berkeley Universal Solid Waste Tag is $1.00 per tag.

Tags are available at these convenient locations:

  • Village Hall located at 5819 Electric Avenue
  • Le Donne True Value Hardware located at 1750 Taft Avenue
  • Berkeley Finer Foods, Inc. located at 5447 St. Charles Rd.
  • PK’S Pantry located at 1625 Taft

Up to one (1) cubic yard of Home Remodeling Debris / Building Materials may be set out each week in 32 gallon can(s) or in bundles of material not weighing more than 50 pounds each. Each can or bundle set out must have a Village of Berkeley Universal Solid Waste Tag affixed to the handle or bundle to be collected. Examples: bundle of wood, bathroom vanity, plumbing fixtures (sink, toilet, shower doors, widows, a door, etc.). If items are broken down, placed in bundles weighing 50 pounds or less, and not larger than 4 foot long they can be more easily loaded into and fit in a refuse truck. Household waste is limited to what is generated at the residence being served. Household waste does not include commercially (business) generated waste.


Recyclables are placed in the "Blue Lid" recycling cart, and are collected bi-weekly. Please refer to the Recycling Collection schedule listed on the Berkeley Matters or the Community Calender. 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 Roy Strom at 708-344-5000 for more information about this 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 click here or contact West Cook County Solid Waste Agency at 708-450-0100.