Twice a year, the City of Evanston will provide free removal of up to six cubic yards of your bulk garbage. Here’s how you can take advantage of that offer that’s coming up soon:

The Fall pickup is scheduled for Fridays in October, beginning Oct. 5. It all depends upon your normal refuse collection day.

Monday pickups are scheduled for Friday, October 26. Tuesday pickups will be on Friday, Oct. 5. Wednesday pickups will be on Friday, Oct. 12. And Thursday pickups are scheduled for Friday, Oct. 19.

Condo buildings that are serviced by Lakeshore Recycling, the city’s contracted condo trash services provider, can participate in bulk trash pick-up according to the schedule above, based upon their location.

Condos that privately contract for trash and recycling services, however, are unable to participate in the city’s bulk pick-up program. Condo residents can find out if they’re eligible to participate by contacting their building management or by calling/texting (847) 448-4311.

Bulk trash must meet these 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 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. (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.

For more information on bulk trash pick-up, visit the city’s website or call/text (847) 448-4311. For convenience, residents may dial 3-1-1 in Evanston.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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