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Garbage and Refuse

Other Recycling and Waste

Here you can find some local resources for recycling items not included in the City’s refuse contractor-sponsored recycling program. Local programs exist to recycle polystyrene, styrofoam, light bulbs, electronics including televisions, books, motor oil, batteries, and household hazardous waste, and dispose of medical waste and medications.

Commercial Refuse Collection

The City does not contract for collection of commercial refuse. Commercial refuse and recycling services are available through a number of licensed vendors with which businesses may contract independently.

Following is a complete and current list of licensed vendors. Please call the Public Works Office at 377-4405 or email with questions or for more information.

Residential Refuse Collection & Disposal

Please Note: Curbside Collection of Bulk Items Suspended
Begining March 23, 2020, Lakeshore Recycling Systems has suspended the pickup of all bulk items. This means no collection of bulk items like mattresses, furniture, appliances and other large items. This will include large items that don't fit in a bag, can or cart. For more information contact Lakeshore Recycling Systems at 630.581.8650 or email


Curbside Composting

Beginning April 6, 2020, St. Charles residents can put food scraps and other organic composting materials out at the curb along with regular yard waste for collection. Lakeshore Recycling Systems, the City of St. Charles refuse/recycling contractor, will pick up the compost material on regular collection days.

How the Program Works

1. Mix the composting materials in with regular yard waste (grass, leaves, twigs) in either a:

2020 Spring Clean Up

2020 Spring Clean Up
June 6 for the East Side June 13 for the West Side

The Spring Clean Up program is back for 2020. Offered every two years, Spring Clean Up allows residents to place unwanted items at the curb for pick up. This is a service for residents within St. Charles city limits only.

2020 Collection Dates

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.