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Residential Solid Waste Service:

The Lake Bluff Household Waste Collection Program includes the collection of refuse, recyclable materials and yard waste on a once-per-week basis all at the curbside on the same day (Standard Service) by Groot Industries.  There is no charge to residents for this level of service.

In addition, residents can request a la carte services that Groot will bill to the resident at the following rates:

Service Cost
Backdoor pickup $13.39/mo.
Two weekly pickups $13.39/mo.
Both services $30.69/mo.

Backdoor pickups are restricted to three 32-gallon capacity cans. A wheeled cart will not be provided. Residents who wish to request an "A la Carte" service are encouraged to call Groot (1-877-404-7668).

Food Scrap Compost:

Lake Bluff is one of the first communities in Illinois to enable residents to include certain food scraps in yard waste containers. This pilot program provides residents another option to divert food waste from the landfill. Groot will collect all landscape and now certain food scraps presented on the first weekly waste pickup (Monday/Tuesday).

Waste should be packaged in Kraft-type paper bags that do not exceed 32 gallons capacity. A landscape waste cart may be rented for an annual fee of $60.00 payable by the resident. Landscape waste may also be bundled with twine and tied securely for pickup. Bundles must be shorter than two feet in diameter and four feet in length, with no branch larger than six inches in diameter.

Please include the following items:

  • Branches, brush, vines;
  • Fruits and vegetables;
  • Breads, grains, pasta, cereal;
  • Non-liquid dairy products; and
  • Eggshells, coffee, tea leaves.

Please do not include the following items:

  • Man-made materials (paper, glass, plastic, Styrofoam);
  • Liquids, grease, oil;
  • Meat, poultry, seafood;
  • Pet litter and waste; and
  • Teabags and coffee filters.

Waste Collection Guidelines:

Containers must be placed at the curb no sooner than 4:00 p.m. the day before collection and no later than 7:00 a.m. the day of collection. Containers must be removed from the curb promptly after collection. If you see litter while you are out and about, please pick it up! Everyone can help keep Lake Bluff beautiful!

In addition, Groot will provide each household with one 95-gallon wheeled trash cart and one 65-gallon wheeled recycling cart. Residents may exchange for large or smaller carts free of charge. Options include 35, 65, and 95-gallon carts.

Refuse & Recycling Collection Schedule:

Every household will receive collection services on Monday or Tuesday. Groot's collection schedule is as follows:

Area Standard (1 x week) A la carte (2 x week)
West of Sheridan Road Monday Thursday
East of Sheridan Road Tuesday Friday

Holiday Collection Schedule:

Groot observes six holidays: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Holidays occurring Sunday will be celebrated Monday. All collections after the holiday will be delayed by one day.

Village of Lake Bluff Recycling Center

Click here for the Village's Recycling Center rules and permissible items. The Recycling Center also offers clothing and textile recycling.

For additional questions regarding the Village's household waste collection program, please contact Village Hall at 847-234-0774, or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..