Special Pick-Ups and Bulk Collection

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Special Pick-Ups:

The City of Evanston charges a fee for special pick-ups which are defined as trash exceeding the capacity of your garbage cart plus one additional bag.

For special pick-ups, a fee of $100 is charged for the first three cubic yards of trash. For each additional (1) cubic yard of trash, a fee of $25 will be charged. The charge will be placed on your water bill for payment at a later date.

Special pick-ups are required after a move-out or move-in, a major clean-up effort, or if you have a large piece of furniture to be disposed.

Please call/text the Public Works Agency at 847-448-4311 to request a special pick-up. Sanitation crews will perform the special pick-up and a fee will be assessed. For convenience, you may dial 311 directly while in Evanston.

Remember that the City is not equipped to collect and does not collect construction debris or hazardous materials. A private disposal firm can be hired to collect these materials.

Bulk Collection

The City of Evanston offers the FREE removal of six cubic yards of bulk garbage twice per year:

Spring 2019 Bulk Trash Collection:
If your normal trash collection day is:
Your bulk trash collection day is:

Wednesday

Friday, April 5

Thursday

Friday, April 12 

Monday

Friday, April 19

Tuesday

Friday,  April 26

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Fall 2019 Bulk Trash Collection:
If your normal trash collection day is:
Your bulk trash collection day is:

Wednesday

Friday, September 13 

Thursday

Friday, September 20

Monday

Friday, September 27

Tuesday

Friday, October 4

 

All trash must be out by 7 a.m.; City crews will not return for late set outs. If crews are unable to complete routes on Friday, collection will continue on Saturday.

Sign Up for Text/Email Bulk Trash Reminders

Residents can now sign up for text/email notifications to remind them of bulk trash collection in the spring and fall seasons. Notifications will be sent out two weeks prior to the bulk trash-collection day, and again two days prior to the bulk trash collection day.

Residents with larger debris removal needs may call 311 or 847-448-4311 to request a special pick-up. This alternative involves a charge.

Bulk trash must meet the following guidelines:
  • Be less than six cubic yards per household. Six cubic yards is roughly equivalent to a love seat and chair, or one mattress and box spring, or 25 medium garbage bags. Quantities that exceed six cubic yards will be tagged for a special pick-up and a fee will be assessed. 
  • Be placed out in an orderly fashion, i.e., bagged, contained or bundled, with no loose garbage. Crews cannot go on private property. Absolutely no hazardous materials will be collected, including batteries, gas, oil, asbestos, pesticides, medical wastes, paint, etc.
  • Glass should be broken up, boxed, taped and labeled as glass.
  • Bulk trash must be placed on the alley line or parkway. Crews will not remove items from private property.
  • Absolutely no construction material will be collected.
  • No tires or appliances will be collected. Please call 311 or 847-448-4311 to arrange for the free removal of these items. 
  • Crews will only remove bulk items; no garbage carts will be emptied.
  • Electronics are not permitted: It is illegal in Illinois to dispose of electronics in the trash.
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