Garbage Information

ATTENTION RESIDENTS: The City of Palos Heghts recently engaged in the process of Request for Proposals (RFP) for the City's waste hauling services. Although there appeared to be much interest, only 2 proposals were received. After careful review of the proposals and keeping the resident's best interest in mind, the City Council voted to approve the 5-year contract with Republic Services which will be effective September 1. Residents will benefit from the new contract in several ways: 1.) there will be no change in the pcik-up day for waste and recycling, 2.) residents will see an approximate 4.5% decrease in thier bill over the 5-year period, 3.) seniors will receive a 10% discount with verification (application attached), and 4.) there will be two (2) E-Waste Collection Days per year (residents will be notified of the dates, time, and location). Attention seniors, please fill out the attached discount application form and send directly to Republic Services in order to receive the discount.

Residential Garbage Pickup for the Entire City is on Thursday.

The City of Palos Heights has a contract with Republic Services for the collection and disposal of solid waste from all single-family residences within the corporate limits, except for condominiums and multi-unit buildings. Residents are billed on a six-month cycle. Businesses may contract a waste hauler of their choice. 

Senior Discount: Senior citizens, age 65 and older, can receive a 10% discount by completeng the attached form and sending it directly to Republic Services

Recycling Pick-Up. Residents have th eoption of a  90 gallon or 65 gallon  recycling toter. Residents who require an additional toter can obtain one for a one-time charge of $25 by calling Republic's customer service department at 708-385-8252. Recycling is picked up every other week. Click here for the recycling calendar.

Yard Waste pick-up runs from April 1 through November 30.  Kraft paper bags of degradable material may be used in place of or in addition to the can system. Such bags, when filled, must not exceed forty-five gallons in capacity or 35 lbs, which is greater, and must be capable of being carried and loaded without breakage. YARD WASTE IN PLASTIC BAGS WILL NOT BE COLLECTED.
Holidays Observed:  New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.  In the event a holiday falls on a weekday, refuse, yard waste, and recyclable collection services shall be delayed one day and picked up on Friday.
For more information or questions, please contact:  REPUBLIC SERVICES @ 385-8252. Click here to visit the website.

Chipper Service: Begins the first week of April and ends the last week of October. The chipper truck starts on the west side of town and works it way through the City. Depending on the amount of branches, it may take more than a week to make through the entire City.  Please be patient, especially in the spring or after a storm.  Place branches in the parkway in front of your house with the stub end facing the street.  Small branches can be placed into yard waste cans or bags to be removed by the garbage service.

Recycling Information and Other Recycling Options:

  • Old and unused prescription and non-prescription drugs can be dropped off at the Police Department or placed in the disposal box at City Hall.
  • City Hall and Lake Katherine have recycling bins for ink cartridges, cell phones, and eye glasses.
  • Lake Katherine has recycling bins for paper/cardboard; cans, glass & bottles; clothing; and textiles.
  • Visit this website to find recycling locations near you for specific products

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