The City’ of Evanston’s fall round of free bulk trash pickups starts next month.

Free pickups are limited to six cubic yards of trash. The pickups occur on Fridays from Sept. 13 through Oct. 4.

The schedule is based on each area’s normal refuse collection day.

  • Wednesday routes will have bulk pickup on Friday, Sept. 13
  • Thursday routes will have bulk pickup on Friday, Sept. 20
  • Monday routes will have bulk pickup on Friday, Sept. 27
  • Tuesday routes will have bulk pickup on Friday, Oct. 4

Condo buildings that are served by Lakeshore Recycling, the City’s contracted condo trash service provider, can participate in bulk trash pickup according to the residential schedule. (Check the map.) Condos that privately contract for trash and recycling services are not able to participate in the City’s bulk pickup program. Condo residents can find out if they’re eligible by contacting their building management or by calling or texting 847-448-4311.

Bulk trash must meet the following guidelines:

  • Items must be less than six cubic yards per household, which is roughly equivalent to a love seat and chair, or one mattress and box spring, or 25 medium garbage bags. Quantities that exceed six cubic yards will be tagged for a special pickup 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 by 7 a.m. on the bulk pickup day. (For example, 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, pesticides, 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, and an option to sign up for text messages and email alerts, are available online.

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  1. trash pickup

    Hello, what can I do with a small window air conditioner? I cannot leave this for bulk pickup day, right?

    Thanks for your advice.

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