Residential Refuse Collection & Disposal

These services are for residents living within the city limits of St. Charles

    City of St. Charles residents may select between two program options for garbage collection. Program options include a refuse sticker program and a refuse subscription program. For more information on the program(s) offered, please read below.

    Refuse Sticker Program

    City of St. Charles residents would need one sticker attached to each item (individual receptacles, containers, plastic bags, or boxes) to have the LRS team service. These stickers would also be used to remove any extra garbage, yard waste and organics.

    Non-LRS Resident Owned Containers

    • Non-LRS containers must have two handles or a grip
    • Garbage must be contained and fit inside the container when full
    • Non-LRS containers may not exceed 33 gallons
    • Loose garbage bags may not exceed 33 gallons, and must be securely tied
    • Bags and containers may not exceed 50 lbs. when full

    Stickers placed on trash cans must be visible from the street and looped around the handles for the LRS driver to easily rip it off. Residents risk not having their garbage picked up if they affix stickers flatly onto a garbage can or lid.

    LRS does also offer City of St. Charles residents the option of purchasing 20-gallon waste bags that are sold in rolls of 10 at select locations.

    Refuse Subscription Program

    For a monthly fee that is billed quarterly by LRS, City of St. Charles residents can choose from a 95-gallon, 65-gallon or 35-gallon trash container to be delivered to their home. This will be used for weekly collection services. 

    Residents may use personal containers for any extra refuse that doesn’t fit inside the LRS issued cart. Non-LRS containers may not exceed 33-gallons or 50lbs when full. Resident owned containers must also be watertight and have two (2) handles. LRS is not responsible for damage to personal carts as they are not compatible with our equipment.

    Any requests for changes in services should be communicated to LRS Customer Service at 630-581-8650. 

    Curbside Refuse & Recycling Collection Schedule

    • Monday for residents living east of the river
    • Tuesday for residents living west of the river

    Curbside Refuse & Recycling Collection

    • Refuse Carts: Refuse carts are available for monthly rental and come in three sizes: 35-gallon, 65-gallon and 95-gallon
    • Recycling Carts: Recycling collection is free. Lakeshore Recycling Systems provided everyone with a 65-gallon recycling cart.
    • Refuse Stickers/Half-Size Bags: If you use stickers or half-size bags, you can buy them at local retailers. (List located in FAQ's to the right.)
    • Yard Waste: 65-gallon yard waste carts are available for monthly rental
    • Curbside Composting: Beginning April 6, food scraps and other organic composting materials are collected for free on normal refuse collection days. Click here for program details.
    • Bulk Items: Pick up of items under 50 lbs. require one sticker per item. White Goods (appliances) under 50 lbs. require one sticker per item.  Please call Lakeshore Recycling (630-581-8650) before your regular refuse day to advise them that you will have a bulk item ready for pick up at the curbside. 
    • Mattresses:  Lakeshore Recycling asks that residents wrap mattresses in plastic bags or shrink wrap before putting them at the curbside.  Please call Lakeshore Recycling (630-581-8650) before your regular refuse day to advise them that you will have a mattress and ask them how many stickers are required. 

    Curbside Composting 

    Residents can put food scraps and other organic composting materials out at the curb along with regular yard waste for collection.

    Holiday Collection Schedule

    Holiday collection service will be provided one day later than the normal schedule on the holidays listed below:

    New Year's Day
    Memorial Day
    Independence Day
    Labor Day
    Thanksgiving Day
    Christmas Day

    If a holiday falls on a Saturday, that actual day is the observed holiday.
    If a holiday falls on a Sunday, then Monday would be the observed holiday. 

    Additional Collection Services

    • Free bagged leaf collection through the month of December on your regular refuse day - this is in addition to regular City services
    • Household Battery Recycling - Drop-off container at City of St. Charles Public Works, 1405 S. 7th Avenue, First Floor. 
    • Electronic Waste Collection
      • TVs and monitors - 15 stickers per item
      • E-waste (small box under 50lbs) - 5 stickers per bundle
      • Single small e-waste item - 1 sticker per item
    • Bundled yard waste collection—this service in addition to the City’s current brush and leaf collection programs; each bundle requires one sticker.

    Containers, Bags and Stickers - Pricing

    Pricing effective July 1, 2023.

    If you would like to change your existing cart size or begin using carts (vs. stickers), contact Lakeshore Recycling at 630.581.8650 or Please note: A $25 container exchange/delivery fee will apply from Lakeshore.

    refuse/yard waste stickerRefuse/Yard Waste Sticker
    > Where to buy
    half refuse bag

    Half Refuse Bag (20 gal)
    > Where to buy

    65 gallon recycling toter

    65 Gal. Recycling Toter

    (Additional recycling toter $3.25)

    35 gallon refuse toter35 Gal. Refuse Rental/Month$21.63
    65 gallon refuse toter65 Gal. Refuse Rental/Month$22.82
    95 gallon refuse toter95 Gal. Refuse Rental/Month$24.02
    65 Gal. Yard Waste Rental/Month$25.00
    updated Jan 18, 2024

    Lakeshore Recycling Systems


    Carts and Toters

    Change cart sizes

    To change cart sizes, please contact Lakeshore Recycling Systems at 630.581.8650 or A $25 container exchange/delivery fee will apply from Lakeshore.

    Service and Contacts

    How can I learn more about Lakeshore Recycling and its services?

    Lakeshore Recycling Systems is the refuse & recycling contractor for residents within St. Charles city limits.

    More information is at


    Report garbage or recycling has not been picked up

    To report that garbage and/or recycling has not been picked up,


    Schedule - Curbside Refuse and Recycling Pickup

    The Curbside Refuse Pick Up Schedule is as follows for residents living within the city limits of St. Charles:

    Residents living east of the river: Monday collection

    Residents living west of the river: Tuesday collection

    Refuse collection holidays are as follows:

    • New Year's Day
    • Memorial Day
    • July 4
    • Labor Day
    • Thanksgiving
    • Christmas

    When scheduled collection falls on one of these holidays, collections are delayed by one day for the remainder of the week.

    More details about services and costs are also on the Lakeshore Recycling Systems website at

    Stickers and Bags

    Where to Buy Waste Stickers and Bags

    Stickers for yardwaste bags/refuse and half-refuse bags (20 gallon) can be purchased at the following locations:

    • Do it Best Hardware (waste stickers only), 3619 E. Main Street
    • DG Ace Hardware (waste stickers only), 2650 E. Main Street  
    • Meijer Foods (waste stickers only), 855 S. Randall Rd.
    • Ace Hardware (waste stickers only), 617 W. State St. (Geneva)  
    • Jewel Foods (waste stickers & half-refuse bags), 652 Kirk Rd.
    • Jewel Foods (waste stickers & half-refuse bags), 2073 Prairie St.
    • Jewel Foods (waste stickers only), 375 Randall Rd. (South Elgin)
    • City Hall (waste stickers & half-refuse bags), 2 E. Main Street  

    Pricing information is at