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The City of Evanston will offer residents the free removal of up to six cubic yards of bulk garbage this fall as part of its bulk trash pickup program. Fall 2021 bulk trash pickups will take place on Fridays, Sept. 17 through Oct. 8, and are scheduled according to residents’ normal refuse pickup day.
Bulk trash pickup for residents whose normal garbage collection day is:
Wednesday will be Friday, Sept. 17.
Thursday will be Friday, Sept. 24.
Monday will be Friday, Oct. 1.
Tuesday will be Friday, Oct. 8.
Evanston condominium buildings that are served by Lakeshore Recycling, the City’s contracted condo trash service provider, can participate in bulk trash pickup according to the residential schedule above based on their location (see this map).
Condos that privately contract for trash and recycling services are not able to participate in the City’s bulk pickup program. Condo residents can find out if they’re eligible by contacting their building management or by calling or texting 847-448-4311.
What bulk trash will the City accept?
Bulk trash must meet the following guidelines:
- Items must be less than 6 cubic yards per household, which is roughly equivalent to a loveseat and chair, or one mattress and box spring, or 25 medium garbage bags. Quantities that exceed 6 cubic yards will be tagged for a special pickup and a fee will be assessed.
- Absolutely no electronics, construction materials, tires, appliances or hazardous materials will be collected. Hazardous materials include batteries, gas, oil, asbestos, pesticides, medical wastes and paint.
- Glass should be broken up, boxed, taped and labeled as glass.
- Crews will only remove bulk items; no garbage carts will be emptied.
Residents can visit cityofevanston.org/bulktrash or call/text 847-448-4311 to sign up for text messages or email notifications to be reminded of spring and fall bulk trash pickups. Notifications will be sent out two weeks before the bulk trash pickup day and again two days before the day.
For more information on bulk trash pickup, recycling and other disposal information, visit cityofevanston.org/bulktrash or call/text 847-448-4311. City residents may simply dial 311 in Evanston.