Refuse, Recycling & Waste

Weekly refuse/recycling collections occur on Mondays (or Tuesday, if Monday is a holiday) and allows for unlimited amounts of recyclables and one wheeled refuse cart per week without a sticker.

Village ordinance prohibits residents from putting garbage, recycling or yard waste out at the curb before 4:30 p.m. on the day before Monday's refuse collection. To ensure refuse is picked up, it must be at the curb by 7 a.m. on the collection day (6 a.m. if you are in a construction zone). Carts must be removed from the curb within 24 hours after pickup.

View the Refuse and Recycling Guide (PDF).

Missed Pickup

If your cart was out by 7 a.m. on the collection day and your pickup is missed or you wish to arrange for a special pickup, please contact the refuse hauler, Groot Industries, at 847-429-7370 before noon the day after scheduled collection.


  • New Year’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Fourth of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas

Recycling Reminders

Most items are recyclable within the Village's Recycling Collection. Recycling can be co-mingled. Recycling is a free service and residents are encouraged to recycle as much as possible - however, all recycling must be placed at the curb in a recycling cart. Residents may request an additional recycling cart at no charge by calling the Village's Billing Department at 630-547-5235. 


  • Glass and metal containers and aerosol cans
  • Plastics number 1 through number 5, and number 7, including plastic rings, juice boxes without straws, and juice cartons.  (Number 6 is not accepted).
  • Newspaper and mixed paper
  • Recyclable paperboard items (food boxes, etc.)
  • Corrugated cardboard (no larger than 3-feet square)


  • Number 6 Plastic (Examples include foamed polystyrene and single use plastic cups)
  • Plastic Bags
  • Packing Material/Packing Peanuts
  • Non-Rinsed Containers with Food Residue
  • Crystal
  • Ceramics
  • Light Bulbs
  • Glass (except recyclable glass bottles and jars)

Groot Recycling sticker

For more helpful hints and detailed recycling information, please visit the Groot website.

Motor Oil Recycling Collection

The Village of Glen Ellyn offers curbside collection of used motor oil.  Residents must place the used motor oil in clearly marked, separate containers not to exceed one gallon. Residents must contact Groot at 847-429-7370 least 24 hours in advance to schedule a pick up.