Refuse and Recycling Services

 Refuse / Recycling Schedule I 2015 Holiday Schedule | Acceptable Materials I Battery Recycling I Yard Waste I Prescription Drug Disposal

Recycling Outreach I Frequently Asked Questions 

If you are interested in having a second recycling cart for an additional fee, need to request a special pick-up, or have any questions or concerns regarding your recycling services please call Republic Services at 847-981-0091.   

Refuse and Recycling Schedule (Effective Feb. 3)

Monday – West of Green Bay Road and North of Park Drive

Tuesday – South of Park Drive, South of Kenilworth Avenue, West of Essex Road

Thursday – South of Kenilworth Avenue and East of Essex Road

Friday – East of Green Bay Road and North of Kenilworth Avenue



Homes that receive twice-per-week service will be picked-up as follows:


Primary Collection Day Second Collection Day
Monday Thursday
Tuesday Friday
Thursday Monday
Friday Tuesday


- Both refuse and recycling will be collected weekly on your primary refuse collection day.  If you have any questions, please contact Village Hall at 847-251-1666.



- If you are interested in having a second recycling cart for an additional fee, need to request a special pick-up, or have any questions or concerns regarding your recycling services please call Republic Services at 847-981-0091.   

2015 Holiday Refuse / Recycling Collection Schedule


NO Service

Service  Resumes*

New Year’s Day

Thursday, January 1

Friday, January 2

Memorial Day

Monday, May 25

Tuesday, May 26

Independence Day

Saturday, July 4

No service interruption.

Labor Day

Monday, September 7

Tuesday, September 8

Thanksgiving Day

Thursday, November 26

Friday, November 27

Christmas Day

Friday, December 25

Saturday, December 26

The normal collection schedule will resume on the following Monday.

*All pick up dates are delayed, by one day, for all customers who are scheduled on the day of, or following, a holiday.

 *i.e. If your normal collection date falls on a Tuesday, you will be picked up on Wednesday.

    Accepted Materials for Recycling

           Please find an acceptable list of recyclable materials below or download the PDF version here.


Example of Accepted Material

Accepted Material


Cans & Foil

Steel (tin) cans & bi-metal cans

Empty aerosol cans

Aluminum beverage & pet food cans

Clean aluminum foil & foil containers

Empty, clean paint cans

Metal lids and bottle caps



·      bakeware, utensils, pots & pans

·      hangers

·      car parts

·      scrap metal

·      fencing

·      propane cylinders or any other compressed gas cylinder

·      foil backed paper, gum wrappers, foil wrapping paper

·      lawn furniture


Newspapers / Inserts / Junk mail

Office paper (all colors, including envelopes & fax paper)

Gift wrap paper & tissue (unlined), Kraft paper & greeting cards

Magazines & catalogs

Cardboard & Cereal boxes

Egg cartons / Paper bags / Shredded paper / Juice boxes and milk cartons (clean)

·      remove all plastic bags

·      remove all rubber bands

·      remove plastic insert in cereal boxes


All colors of glass bottles & jars.

You do not need to remove labels.


·      dishes

·      ceramics

·      light bulbs

·      mirrors

·      window panes

·      auto glass

·      other non-food or non-beverage glass




Containers, bottles & lids; liter soda bottles; milk, water & juice containers; food containers; liquid detergent, fabric softener, bleach & shampoo bottles.

Caps ok / Rinse

Six pack & 12 pack rings

Look for a recycling number on the container

·      plastic # 6

·      plastic bags received from grocery store

·      plastic film and other non-rigid plastic (no garbage bags, zip bags, dry cleaner bags, etc.)



Battery Recycling

The Village of Kenilworth is partnering with the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) to offer a battery recycling program, Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM at the Village Hall, 419 Richmond Road.  Rechargeable, NiCd, NiMh, lithium ion, lithium polymer or household alkaline batteries will be accepted. 


Larger electronics and batteries are accepted at the Village of Winnetka Public Works Department on Tuesdays from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm and Thursdays from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm.


Please Note: Each rechargeable battery (lithium, NiMh, and NiCad) must have masking tape on contact points or be placed in an individual zip-lock plastic bag.  If you have questions, please call 847-251-1666.  For more information, click here.

Yard Waste Pick-Up

Yard Waste season begins the first week of April and ends on November 30.  Yard waste will be collected through a seasonal subscription service that includes six units* of yard waste per week, or on a per-unit-basis with collection stickers.    Collection stickers will be available for purchase at Village Hall at a cost of $3.00 per sticker/unit.  Please call Republic Services at (847) 981-0091 to begin your subscription service.  Yard waste will be collected on Wednesdays.

*A unit of yard waste is defined as one paper bag (32 gallons) or one bundle (not exceeding four feet in length and two feet in diameter). 

Prescription Drug and Sharps Disposal Program

The Kenilworth Police Department is a drop off site for unused prescriptions, expired over-the-counter drugs and needles.  Research from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Geological Survey revealed that there are detectable antibiotics and steroidal hormones in rivers, lakes, and wells caused by people flushing their medications down the toilet or putting them down the sink.  Additionally, sharps can cause needle-sticks and health issues if thrown away in the garbage or put in the water system.

Residents are asked to leave their medications in the original containers, to black out their personal information, and to place the containers in a sealed plastic bag.  Sharps should be placed in a sealed container such as an empty coffee can.  

Recycling Outreach & Education

The Village of Kenilworth works with the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) regarding                                       recycling outreach and education.

The SWANCC is a unit of local government and a non-profit corporation. SWANCC developed a long-term plan to manage the region's municipal solid waste that was adopted by its Board of Directors in 1991.

Since then, SWANCC has been at work implementing this economically stable and environmentally safe solution to the region's solid waste management needs.

You can sign up for SWANCC's elist and never forget another event! This can be done either at the SWANCC website,, or you can send email to Fill out the Elist form and SWANCC will send you information on upcoming collection events and other useful information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who will be picking up my garbage and how often will my garbage be picked up?

Republic Services will be both the refuse and recycling hauler for the Village of Kenilworth.

Both refuse and recycling will be collected once per week on the same day. 


How often will my recycling be picked up?

Recycling will be collected once-per-week on the same day as refuse collection.


What can I recycle?

Approved materials can also be found on our website under the recycling tab.


What if I live on an alley?

Residents who live on an alley are eligible for a reduced price in collection services.  If you are interested in receiving the alley collection rate, please contact Village Hall at (847) 251-1666. 


How is Single Stream recycling collected?

Single Stream Recycling means that material can now be collected in a total commingled fashion. Your

recycling can now be collected in a combined or mixed fashion. Paper and containers can now be collected

without the need of keeping the paper separated from the containers. So, one truck can pick up all of your

recycling materials together and they are then sorted at Republic Services facilities.


Where is my recycling taken?

Republic takes the recycling to their transfer station and records the amounts coming in on a daily basis. Each

month Republic will send the Village of Kenilworth a monthly report indicating recycling volumes.


How is the recycling diversion rate calculated?

The diversion recycling rate is calculated by adding the total monthly volume of refuse taken to

SWANCC and the total monthly volume of recycling taken by Republic. The recycling amount is then divided

by the total to give the percentage of diversion. Monthly reports can be found at Village Hall.


What are the required standards for recycling items?

Republic Services recycles approximately 1.7 million tons of recyclable commodities each year, including paper,

glass, plastics and reusable construction debris.