For the first time since the 1990s, a new refuse hauler will be in Oak Park’s alleys come April 1. That’s when Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS) will take over the weekly collection of trash and recycling for residential properties with five or fewer units. The change should be seamless for most residents. Collection dates and rates will not change, nor will related services like composting and collection of electronic and hazardous waste, yard waste and bulk items. Even the annual fall leaf collection will continue as in past years. The final transition plans for the carts will be provided to residents in an updated brochure sent directly from LRS to all program participants. For details on the new vendor’s collection approach, visit www.LRSrecycles.com/oakpark.
Hazardous waste collection…The special collection of household hazardous waste and latex paint will continue. To schedule a household hazardous waste collection, visit www.LRSrecycles.com/oakpark or call 844.633.3577. LRS will begin accepting requests March 14.
Electronic waste collection…Electronic waste collection will be provided the second full week of each month. To schedule an electronic waste collection, visit www.LRSrecycles.com/oakpark or call 844.633.3577. LRS will begin accepting requests March 21.
Requesting changes…Residents may change the size of their garbage cart or request an extra recycling cart by contacting the Public Works Department at 708.358.5700 or email@example.com.
Composting…Residents currently enrolled in the compost program do not need register again and their service will continue uninterrupted. To sign up for the Village’s compost program, visit www.oak-park.us/compost.
Yard waste and bulk item stickers…LRS will honor former vendor Waste Management’s green yard waste and pink bulk item stickers until Sept. 2, 2022. Green and pink stickers may be purchased for $3.10 each at Village Hall, 123 Madison St.; Sugar Beet Food Co-Op, 812 Madison St.; Pete’s Fresh Market, 259 Lake St.; and Jewel Food Stores, 438 Madison St., 7036 Roosevelt Rd. and 7572 Lake St. in River Forest.
Yard waste…Yard waste is collected beginning the first full week of April through the last full week of November. Yard waste can be stored in a paper yard waste bag or a rigid container up to 30 gallons. Bundles of brush no larger than two feet in diameter, four feet in length and weighing no more than 50 pounds also may be placed out for collection. One green sticker is required per 30-gallon container, paper yard waste bag and bundles.
Bulk items…One pink refuse sticker is required for any additional bag or rigid container 30 gallons or less. Any item not placed inside the refuse cart exceeding 30 gallons is considered a bulk item and requires two stickers to be affixed.