Garbage, Recycling and Yard Waste

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2017 TEXTILE RECYCLING EVENT AT WILL COUNTY BUILDING, 302 N. CHICAGO ST, DOWNTOWN JOLIET.                              MAY 1-5 FROM 8:30 A.M. - 4:30 PM.                                                                                                                                      Please call (815) 727-8834 or click HERE for more info about items that can be recycled.                                                  If you take some photos of yourself or family members in the act of recycling for this event and send them to Will County at   Will County is giving away an iPad to the winning photo submittal.


Click Links below to determine your recycling pick up schedule

Click here for a map of the day (Monday-Friday) garbage is picked up in your area.

2017 City of Joliet ’s Garbage, Recycling and Yard Waste Program Download a flyer (in English) and in Spanish.

For garbage, recycling & yard waste questions contact Waste Management at 815-280-7854.

The City of Joliet has contracted with Waste Management, Inc., to provide collection service for garbage, recyclables, and landscape waste throughout the City of Joliet on 5 different days of the week.  On certain holidays, the collection service does not occur on the scheduled day, but collection service resumes on the following day.  The Holiday Collection Schedule for 2017 is listed below.  If you have any questions concerning the schedule or your pick-up day, please contact Waste Management at 815-280-7854. 



Below is the CURRENT City of Joliet Garbage, Recycling and Yard Waste Program Information

Tips on garbage pickup for the City of Joliet:
For environmentally safe disposal of your garbage, keep in mind these guidelines for your solid waste service.

REMEMBER…All items must be placed at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on the day of collection, but not prior to 6:30 p.m. on the day before collection.  All emptied waste containers should be removed within 10 (ten) hours after collection.

Garbage Toters: All residential single family, two-family, duplexes, 3 and 4 unit residential received one 96-gallon toter for the primary placement of garbage and one 96-gallon toter for recycling from Waste Management. The garbage carts are solid green in color and the recycling carts have a green body and a yellow lid.

Garbage Services: All household garbage will be removed once per week from the curb or alley in some designate areas. All Garbage should be placed in the provided 96 or 64-gallon collection toter. Any additional garbage may be placed in either 45-gallon cans or bags (32-gallon Waste Management cans or bags are recommended). Please have all materials at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on your pickup day as pickup times may vary.

Multi-family Units: Multi-family units may receive additional pickups or services for a charge. Please call Waste Management Customer Service at 815-280-7854 for pricing options. The containers are $105.00 to purchase and/or $6.00 per month to rent.

Large Items: Large household items such as discarded furniture, beds, tables, automotive tires, etc. will be collected on the regular pickup day. Please cut carpeting and padding into 4 foot rolled sections weighing no more than 50 pounds each.

Restricted Items: Materials such as earthen fill, boulders, rock and other materials normally handled in construction operations, and large truck tires are NOT subject to weekly collection. Also materials resulting from floods, fire or evictions are not subject to collection.

Recycling Services: Recycling is provided on an every other week basis on the regular garbage service day. One (1) 96 gallon toter has been provided to all residents.

White Goods: ARE DEFINED BY THE ILLINOIS E.P.A. AS: refrigerators, ranges, water heaters, freezers, air conditions, humidifiers, stoves, clothes dryers, dehumidifiers, ovens, dishwashers, water coolers, heat pumps, chillers, furnaces, and boilers will be picked up on the normal service day.

Yard Waste: Yard waste is collected weekly from April 3, 2017 through the first week of December. December 8, 2017 will be the final day for Yard Waste pick up in 2017. Yard waste materials consist of grass and shrubbery cuttings, leaves, tree limbs, and other materials accumulated as the result of care of lawns, shrubbery, vines, and trees. Yard waste should be placed at the curb or alley at the same time as garbage and recycling (7:00 a.m.). Yard waste must be placed in either 30 gallon kraft paper bags or a rigid container no greater than 32-gallons. Non-standard containers such as drums, baskets, etc. will not be collected. YOUR DESIGNATED YARD WASTE CONTAINERS MUST BE CLEARLY MARKED SO THAT IT IS VISIBLE FROM THE STREET. ONLY YARD WASTE MAY BE PLACED IN A CART OR CONTAINER THAT HAS BEEN DESIGNATED FOR YARD WASTE. FREE Yard waste labels are available at the following locations: City Hall (150 W. Jefferson Street) & Joliet Jewel Foods Stores (1401 W. Jefferson St., 1537 N. Larkin Avenue & 2480 Il. Rt. 59).

Brush, tree limbs, and branches must be bound in bundles not exceeding 4 feet and weighing no more than 50 pounds. No single piece within each bundle should exceed three inches in diameter. Unbundled brush will not be collected.

Remodeling? Waste Management can provide 10, 15, 20, or 30 cubic yard containers for your home improvement project. Call Waste Management customer service department at 815-280-7854 for a quote

Hazardous Waste/Medical Products/Latex Paint Cans/CFLs:

Toxic products such as automotive batteries, oil base paints, insecticides, oil, anti-freeze, etc. cannot be collected through your residential pickup. Year round there is a permanent site, funded by the County and State of Illinois: 156 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For tips on where to dispose of household hazardous wastes, you can also contact the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency at (217) 782-9285 or call the Will County Land Use Division at (815) 727-8834. Syringes used for home medical purposes may only be disposed of in rigid plastic containers and thrown away as trash. Do not place plastic containers with used syringes in the recycling cart or yard waste containers. Please click here for more information on syringe disposal. Latex paint cans are only accepted if empty or dry. Kitty litter or oil dry can be used to dry up unused paint.

Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs save energy over incandescent light bulbs.  The bulbs contain a very small amount of mercury and should be recycled.  They should never be placed in your trash or recycling containers.  Unwanted or broken CFLs are accepted at the following locations:  Ace Hardware Stores, Home Depot Stores, All Household Hazardous Waste Collections in Will County.  For more information about CFL Disposal please click on the Will County Green website link here.    

Electronics Recycling


Electronics Collections Update -- There are now five locations in Will County that accepts electronics recycling from Will County residents only. There is no fee to drop off your electronics at these sites.  Please bring your drivers' license or state ID. Limit 2 TVs per vehicle along with other electronics. Closed all other days and times. Be aware that illegal dumping during closed hours will be prosecuted. The County is working with public and private sites to open more permanent locations with the same restrictions in order to comply with the provisions of the recently bid recycling contract. 

  1. The Will County Employee Parking Lot, located at 57 W. Marion St., Joliet, IL is open every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month ONLY from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  2. The Lockport Public Works Department, 17112 Prime Blvd, Lockport, IL and is open every Tuesday and Friday ONLY from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. 
  3. New Lenox Township, 1100 S. Cedar Rd., New Lenox, IL is open on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month ONLY from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 
  4. Romeoville Public Works, 615 Anderson Drive, Romeoville, IL is open on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month ONLY from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 
  5. The Peotone Police Department, 208 E. Main St., Peotone, IL is open on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month ONLY from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

FRONT-DOOR TV Collection Service now offered to Will County residents by A-Team Recyclers.
Please call 815-600-3608 for pricing and to schedule an appointment.  Fees do apply for front door service.  There is no fee to drop off electronics at the above sites during operating hours.

Electronics may not be put in your garbage can or recycling can or left at the curb.  It will NOT be picked up by Waste Management. 

Electronic Items accepted at the Will County Drop Off Sites (Broken or Obsolete)

Answering machines Electric Knives Printers (laser, ink jet)
Blenders (no glass) Electric razors / shavers Radio controlled toys
Bread Maker / Fryer Electric tooth brushes Satellite Receivers
Cable/Satellite Receivers Electric toy trains Scale
Calculators / Adding machines Electronic Keyboards Scanners
Cameras (digital) Electronic Mice Sewing Machines
Cameras (film) Fans / Space Heaters Speakers
Cameras (magnetic tape) Fax machines String Holiday Lights
CB's/Two -way radios Food Sealing Equipment Telephones
CD ROM/Zip/Tape drives Hard Drives / Modems / Servers Televisions (CRT glass)
Cell phones Humidifiers/Vaporizers Televisions (Flat Screen)
Clothing Iron Joysticks/Game controls Televisions (Wood Console)
Coffeemakers (no glass) Microwaves Toasters
Computers (laptop, CPU, tablet) Monitors (CRT glass) Typewriters/Word processors
Copy machines Monitors (Flat Screen) UPS Battery Backups
Cordless telephones Non-Digital Stereo Systems Vacuums / Carpet Sweeper
Cords & cables (power, USB…) Pagers VCR, DVD, Laser disc players
Curling Irons / Hair Dryers Palm organizers/Hand held games Video game players
Digital Converter Boxes Paper Shredders Videos / CDs / DVDs
Digital Converter Boxes Postage machines Waffle Irons
Digital radio / CD players Power & Regular Tools


NO Smoke Detectors, NO Dehumidifiers. NO Appliances, No Air Conditioning Units and NO VHS Tapes will be accepted.

Protect Your Personal Data When Recycling

Computers often contain highly personal information from bank data to tax records. Before donating your computer or bringing it to a recycling program of any kind, clean the hard drive.

Reformat the hard drive or purchase a program that writes over the hard drive. The process can be slow, because such a program writes to the disk repeatedly. Prepare to run it overnight.

It is the duty of the user of the recycling program to ensure data erasure. Will County assumes no responsibility to protect any electronic data remaining in electronics deposited in the electronic recycling program If you need more detailed instructions e-mail or call the County Land Use – Resource Recovery & Energy offices.

Either way, please be aware that the contracted electronic recycling company cleans the hard drives of all types of computers with Department of Defense approved software.

If the hard drive is damaged and cannot be cleaned with software, it is wiped clean with a magnet and shredded for recycling.

Please note:

Illinois law prohibits the computers, laptops, printers, monitors and televisions from landfills as of Jan. 1, 2012.

Medications (unused, expired or unwanted)
Medication should NEVER be discarded down the drain or thrown into the garbage. Unused, expired and unwanted medication is a health and safety risk, as well as a potential threat to waterways. Drop off locations for medications are located at the City of Joliet Police Department at 150 W. Washington and the Far West Police Substation at 7196 Caton Farm Road. For other locations or more information, please click here.

Moving? Garbage and Recycling carts are the property of Waste Management. Please leave the garbage and recycling carts for the next resident. Your cooperation is appreciated.

Holiday Schedule: Waste Management only observes the following holidays. When your pickup falls on or after the holidays listed below, your pickup will be one day late during the week.


Recycling for City of Joliet Residents
Follow these simple instructions in preparing your materials for recycling. PLEASE REFER TO THE INSTRUCTIONS ON THE LID OF THE YELLOW RECYCLING CART. 


Various types of low grade mixed papers are acceptable, including:

  • CARDBOARD BOXES - We request flattened and cut down to 2 foot in diameter or less.
  • CHIPBOARD BOXES - cereal boxes, shoe boxes, paper tubes, soda/beer cartons.
  • MIXED HOUSEHOLD PAPERS Including used mail.

A variety of different types of containers will all be accepted for recycling, including:

  • GLASS JARS & BOTTLES - Food and beverage containers - clear, green, blue, brown. Does NOT include… Window or plate glass, dishes, ceramics or Pyrex, bulbs, etc.
  • ALUMINUM / METAL CANS - Food and beverage cans, aluminum, steel, metal, and aluminum foil and pie tins.
 PET – 2-liter or other size beverage containers   - PET – 2-liter or other size beverage containers.
 HDPE – Milk and water jugs, laundry, and household detergent bottles  - HDPE – Milk and water jugs, laundry, and household detergent bottles.
 PVC – Vegetable oil bottles, window cleaner and detergent bottles  - PVC – Vegetable oil bottles, window cleaner and detergent bottles.
 LDPE – Other food grade bottles  - LDPE – Other food grade bottles.
 PP – Yogurt cups and syrup bottles  - PP – Yogurt cups and syrup bottles.
 Other plastic food containers  - Other plastic food containers.


(Look for the recycling symbols shown above, acceptable bottles will have one of these #’s on the bottom.)

Polystyrene/styrofoam symbol in your recycling bin. These items should be put in the garbage.

Bottles that contained motor oil, pesticides, or chemicals will NOT be accepted.

PREPARATION: All items should be rinsed and the caps removed and discarded. Containers may be flattened to reduce volume. Plastic grocery bags should not be put in the recycling cart but are usually accepted at grocery stores.

Place your recycling cart at the curb on your regular pickup day. It’s that easy!! Recycling will be collected on the same day as refuse, but at different times of the day. Recycling is collected every other week. Please click on link for schedule at top of page to determine which week your recycling is picked up.

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