Residential Refuse Collection & Disposal

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


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 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
  • Mattresses:  Lakeshore Recycling asks that residents wrap mattresses in plastic bags or shrink wrap before putting them at the curbside. 

Curbside Refuse & Recycling Collection Schedule

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

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. 


See pricing below.

Additional Collection Services

  • Free bagged leaf collection through 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.

Containers, Bags and Stickers - Pricing

Pricing effective July 1, 2022.

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 $3.00)

35 gallon refuse toter35 Gal. Refuse Rental/Month$20.57
65 gallon refuse toter65 Gal. Refuse Rental/Month$21.76
95 gallon refuse toter95 Gal. Refuse Rental/Month$22.96
65 Gal. Yard Waste Rental/Month$29.81
updated Dec 30, 2021

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)

Walgreens, 3351 W. Main Street, at the intersection of Peck Road and Main Street

City Hall (waste stickers & half-refuse bags), 2 E. Main Street  

Pricing information is at