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Garbage, Recycling, & Yard Waste

Republic Services is the Village’s provider of solid waste services, which includes the collection of refuse, yard waste and recycling. The guidelines discussed on the related pages apply to single-family residences of incorporated Downers Grove.

Table 1: Contact information.
Contact Telephone
Republic Services (630) 964-3232
Village Hall (630) 434-5500

The Village uses a pay-per-bag system for both refuse and yard waste. Stickers are purchased and placed on each item.

Cart-Based Compost Program Begins April 1, 2018

This program applies only to households that rent a yard-waste cart from Republic Services.

Compost is organic material that can be added to soil to help plants grow. Food scraps and yard waste currently make up 20 to 30 percent of what we throw away, and should be composted instead. Making compost keeps these materials out of landfills where they take up space and release methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

The Village's new five-year contract with Republic Services for refuse and recycling services now includes an option for residents to separate out useable items for compost. This seasonal service will begin on April 1, 2018.

Customers that rent a yard waste cart from Republic may put their compost items in their yard waste cart, along with any yard waste. If you do not rent a yard waste cart and wish to participate in the compost program, contact Republic Services at 630.964.3232 for cart sizes and pricing.

Compost/yard waste carts will be collected weekly on your regular pick up day from April 1 through the second full week of December.

ACCEPTABLE COMPOST ITEMS

  • Standard Yard Waste Materials
  • Fruits and Vegetables
  • Pastas, breads, crackers and cereals
  • Meat (NO BONES)
  • Cheese and Yogurt

All materials must be clean and free of debris

NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Packaging of any kind; cups, flatware, paper products, labels
  • Plastics
  • Rubber Bands
  • Glass
  • Liquids of any type, including milk or juices

The compost program will be evaluated in October to determine operations for the period of time that yard waste is not collected (third week of December through the end of March).

Landfill Ban

As of January 1, 2012: TVs, computers (and laptops), monitors, printers, computer peripherals, VCRs/DVD players, gaming systems, MP3 players and other electronic items will be banned from Illinois landfills. 

Please take advantage of one of the Electronics Recycling events to dispose of this waste. Please note that alkaline batteries (common household batteries) are not accepted at the monthly recycling events.