The City’s refuse contractor collects and transports residential recyclables to recycling facilities. These items are accepted for recycling.
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.
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
- If you would like to change your existing cart size or begin using carts (vs.
Get some spring cleaning done and haul away your books and electronics to be recycled during the Kane County Recycles collection on April 13, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 540 S. Randall Road. For more information, including year-round drop off locations and guidelines, visit https://www.countyofkane.org/Recycling/Pages/electronics.aspx.
With spring comes spring cleaning. That usually prompts a call to us asking, “When is the City’s Spring Clean up Program?”
The Spring Clean up Program for St. Charles residents occurs every other year, pending City Council approval. We held the program last year. So 2020 is the earliest it would be offered again.
If you can’t wait until then to get rid of your stuff, we’ve assembled a list of places where you can repurpose, recycle and dispose of it:
The City Wide Garage Sale
Thank you to everyone who properly recycled unused or broken holiday lights. We collected more than last year’s 1500 lbs.! But we can’t give you the actual total now. Head over to the America in Bloom - St. Charles Facebook page for the total and to see who won the Facebook Challenge by guessing closest to the total amount. Did you enter a guess? You could be a winner! Visit the America in Bloom - St. Charles Facebook page for details.
2 Weeks of Free Yard Waste Collection
To get a jump on spring yard clean up, during the weeks of March 18 & 25, Lakeshore Recycling Systems will pick up bagged yard waste on your normal refuse collection day for free - no sticker required.
Then, beginning April 1, regular yard waste collection will begin and stickers will be required.
Recycle your holiday lights (working or non-working) and divert them from a landfill. St. Charles residents and businesses can drop off lights and electrical cords at these convenient locations around town during normal business hours:
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
When scheduled collection falls on one of these holidays, collections are delayed by one day for the remainder of the week.