Refuse, Recycling & Waste

Weekly refuse/recycling collections occur on Mondays (or Tuesday, if Monday is a holiday) and allows for unlimited amounts of recyclables and one wheeled refuse cart per week without a sticker.

Village ordinance prohibits residents from putting garbage, recycling or yard waste out at the curb before 4:30 p.m. on the day before Monday's refuse collection. To ensure refuse is picked up, it must be at the curb by 7 a.m. on the collection day. Carts must be removed from the curb within 24 hours after pickup.

View the Refuse and Recycling Guide (PDF).

Missed Pickup

If your cart was out by 7 a.m. on the collection day and your pickup is missed or you wish to arrange for a special pickup, please contact the refuse hauler, Groot Industries, at 847-429-7370 before noon the day after scheduled collection.


  • New Year’s Day (observed January 2, 2023 - Pickup will take place January 3)
  • Memorial Day
  • Fourth of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas  (Pickup will take place December 26) 

Recycling RemindersGroot Recycling sticker

Recycling is a free service and items can be co-mingled. There is no need to sort. Please "recycle right" by remembering these simple tips:

  • Do not place your recyclables in plastic bags. Plastic bags are not recyclable in your curbside bin. Items in plastic bags do not get sorted and will be discarded as trash.
  • Place your items directly in the bin, or you may use paper bags.
  • If your item is not pictured or listed here, it cannot be recycled in your curbside bin.  

All recycling must be placed at the curb in a recycling cart. Residents may request an additional recycling cart at no charge by calling the Village's Billing Department at 630-547-5235

If an item can't be recycled at the curb, that doesn't mean it has to be trashed!  Glen Ellyn has special recycling opportunities throughout the year that you can reference (electronics recycling, motor oil, holiday lights).  Check out DuPage County's Recycling Guide that provides guidance for over 50 types of items that can't be recycled at the curb.  When you recycle right you help reduce waste, reduce the cost of municipal recycling programs and give materials a new life.


  • Glass and metal containers and aerosol cans
  • Plastics number 1 through number 5, and number 7, including plastic rings, juice boxes without straws, and juice cartons.  (Number 6 is not accepted).
  • Newspaper and mixed paper
  • Recyclable paperboard items (food boxes, etc.)
  • Corrugated cardboard (no larger than 3-feet square)


  • Number 6 Plastic (Examples include foamed polystyrene and single use plastic cups)
  • Plastic Bags
  • Packing Material/Packing Peanuts
  • Non-Rinsed Containers with Food Residue
  • Crystal
  • Ceramics
  • Light Bulbs
  • Glass (except recyclable glass bottles and jars)

For more helpful hints and detailed recycling information, please visit the Groot website.