Free bulk trash pickup in Evanston starts Friday, Oct. 2, and runs on succeeding Fridays through Oct. 23.

The pickups are scheduled based on the normal trash pickup day in your neighborhood.

  • Areas with regular pickup on Thursday will have their bulk trash picked up on Friday, Oct. 2.
  • Monday pickup areas will have bulk trash pickup on Friday. Oct. 9.
  • Tuesday pickup areas will have bulk trash pickup on Friday. Oct. 16.
  • Wednesday pickup areas will have bulk trash pickup on Friday. Oct. 23.


Free pickups are limited to no more than six cubic yards of bulk trash. That’s roughly equivalent to two couches, or four chairs, or one mattress and box spring, or 25 medium garbage bags. Quantities that exceed six cubic yards will be tagged for a special pick-up and a fee will be assessed.

Items must be placed on the alley line or in the parkway, whichever is the resident’s regular refuse collection area, in an orderly fashion. Items must be bagged, contained or bundled. No loose garbage. City crews will not remove items from private property.

Absolutely no construction materials, electronics, tires, appliances or hazardous materials will be collected. Hazardous materials include batteries, gas, oil, asbestos, medical wastes and paint.

Glass should be broken up, boxed, taped and labeled as glass.

Crews will only remove bulk items; no garbage carts will be emptied.

More information is available online.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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