Refuse & Recycling
The Village contracts with The Roy Strom Collection Company (Strom: 708-344-5000- Press 0 to speak with an attendant) for its solid waste collection. All households receive standard service which provides for weekly refuse collection of up to two cans of refuse and two 18-gallon recycling bins.
If you experience a missed refuse, recycling or yard waste collection, please contact Strom at 708-344-5000 (press 0). Should Strom fail to resolve your problem, contact the Village or call 708-366-8500.
See below for additional information on the solid waste collection program:
- Weekly Collection & Holiday Schedule
- Refuse Collection & Fees
- Recycling Program
- Electronics Recycling
- Bulk Items
- Yard Waste and Brush
- Fall Leaf Collection
- Universal Solid Waste Tags
Collection is provided on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The 3-day collection schedule, (click to view), is described as follows:
Monday: West side of Harlem Ave through and including both sides of Monroe Ave between Central Ave and North Ave, and the east side of Jackson Ave between Oak Ave and Chicago Ave.
Tuesday: Both sides of Jackson Ave (except for the east side of Jackson Ave between Oak Ave and Chicago Ave) through and including both sides of Park Ave between Central Ave and North Ave, and the west side of Park Ave through and including the east side of Thatcher Ave between Division St and North Ave.
Wednesday: Both sides of Forest Ave through and including the west side of River Oaks Dr between Central Ave and Division St, and the east side of Lathrop Ave through and including the west side of Thatcher Ave between Madison St and Hawthorne Ave.
Strom will provide collection services on Thursdays and Fridays for missed locations and for special pickups.
Strom observes the following holidays:
- New Year's Day
- Memorial Day
- 4th of July
- Labor Day
- Christmas Day
Collection on these holidays will be scheduled for the next working day and subsequent collections during that week will be delayed by one day.
The Village's refuse collection program offers two options:
Base Service: Provides for the weekly collection of up to two cans of refuse or building materials. The can of building materials must not exceed 50 lbs. in weight and cannot be generated by a contractor. Residents can dispose of more than two containers of refuse or building materials when they purchase and affix a Universal Solid Waste Tag to each additional container(s).
The quarterly fee for Base Service is $71.01.
Optional Special Service: Provides for the weekly collection of unlimited refuse and no more than one container of building materials without having to affix a Universal Solid Waste Tag to additional containers. Contact the Village at (708) 366-8500 if you are interested in participating in this option.
The quarterly fee for Special Service is $105.33.
Regardless of which collection option you have, all refuse containers cannot exceed 33 gallons in capacity, can weigh up to 50 pounds when loaded, and be collected from a location at the back door or at a location outside and behind the front building line of the residence or next to the alley (for those residences with alleys). Containers shall have tight-fitting lids, and oversized and/or overweight containers will not be collected.
The Village provides single-family and multi-family structures (three units or less) the opportunity to recycle under the Village's recycling program. In this program, residents are provided with two 18-gallon recycling bins and can discard the materials listed below into these bins. Bins are to be placed at the "Top-of-the-Drive" location, which is a point on or immediately adjacent to the driveway near the front building line of your residence.
Village Ordinance requires that all multi-family buildings not served under the Village's program institute a recycling program. If your multi-family complex does not currently provide a recycling program, please contact the Public Works Department for assistance in implementing such a program.
The following is a review of what materials may be placed in the recycling bins and how they should be prepared for collection:
- Newspaper: Place loosely in the container, not bagged, bundled or tied.
- Magazines and Catalogs: This includes slick (shiny) paper only. These materials should be bundled or placed in a brown bag and set in the same recycling container used for newspaper.
- Mixed Paper: Industry computer paper, junk mail, etc. - include with newspaper.
- Corrugated Cardboard: Only flattened cardboard containers will be collected, and should be cut into pieces no larger than 2 feet by 2 feet. Cardboard containers may be placed loose in the recycling containers, although pieces too large should be placed flat on the ground with the container placed over them.
- Chipboard: Consists of non-corrugated cardboard such as cereal boxes, shoe boxes, and beverage container cartons and should be flattened and put into brown paper bags, and placed inside the recycling container. Cardboard lined with wax paper and coated packaging intended for freezer storage cannot be accepted.
- Phone Books: May be placed loose inside the recycling bin along with the newspapers.
- Aluminum, tin food and beverage cans: Rinsed with labels removed. Cans may be crushed to save space.
- Empty Paint and Aerosol Cans
- Glass: Clear and colored glass bottles and jars are acceptable. Containers should be rinsed with lids discarded (labels can be left on). Window glass, ceramics, Pyrex, and other non-container glass cannot be accepted.
- Plastic: All containers labeled #1 through #7. Resin labels can be found on the bottom of plastic containers. Two-liter beverage bottles, milk and water jugs, laundry product containers, dairy product containers, etc. are acceptable and should be rinsed and crushed. Automotive fluids and motor oil containers are not recyclable.
Don't Throw Away Your Electronics... Recycle Them!
The State of Illinois has mandated that, effective January 1, 2012, certain electronics may no longer be disposed of in landfills. Therefore, beginning January 1, River Forest residents will no longer be able to place any of the following electronic products in their refuse or recycling for disposal:
- Computer monitors
- Printers and scanners
- Computers (including tablet computers)
- Keyboards and other computer components (mice, speakers, etc)
- Facsimile machines
- VCRs and DVD players
- Portable digital music players
- CD Players and stereo components
- Video game consoles
- Small scale servers
- Digital converter boxes, cable and satellite receivers
- Cell Phones
- Cordless Phones
To assist residents in the disposal of their electronic devices, the Village of River Forest has partnered with Vintage Tech Recyclers to offer free, quarterly electronics waste recycling events. Starting this January, residents will be able to drop off their electronic devices to Vintage Tech representatives to be recycled in an environmentally safe manner.
The quarterly events, which will take place on the last Saturday of the month, will occur on the following dates in 2013:
- January 26th
- April 27th
- July 27th
- October 26th
The quarterly recycling events will take place from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in the west Thatcher parking lot located on the west side of the 400 block of Thatcher Avenue across from the Metra train station.
Additionally, residents may choose to recycle their electronic products outside of the River Forest events. The following list contains the location and times of electronic recycling events in neighboring communities:
- Village of Maywood. 40 East Madison St. Year round, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm (Mon-Fri), 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (Sat)
- Village of Melrose Park. 2309 Main St. 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Year round, Monday-Friday
- Village of Oak Park. 201 South Blvd. 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. May-October, last Saturday of the month
For more information, please contact the Village of River Forest at (708) 366-8500 or visit the Vintage Tech Recyclers website.
The Village offers a year-round bulk item collection and disposal program. Universal Solid Waste Tags are to be affixed to each item and placed next to your garbage cans for collection on the same day as your regular refuse collection - in accordance with the following schedule:
Affix one (1) Universal Solid Waste Tag to each non-hazardous municipal solid waste item no longer than 4’, no wider than 4’, and weighing 50 pounds or less.
Affix five (5) Universal Solid Waste Tags to each large, bulk, or “white good” item. Examples include hot water tanks 75 gallon size or less; stoves, refrigerators, washers, dryers, freezer appliances, etc. weighing no more than 150 pounds; hide-a-beds; and large house hold furniture items weighing no more than 150 pounds.
Affix ten (10) Universal Solid Waste Tags to each oversize, bulk, or “white good” item. Examples include hot water tanks larger than 75 gallon or weighing more than 150 pounds and stoves, refrigerators, washers, dryers, freezer appliances, and large household furniture/items weighing more than 150 pounds.
Items not eligible for the bulk item disposal program include tires, auto batteries, explosives, hazardous waste, motor-oil, liquids/fluids, etc.
Residents may set out yard waste (which commonly includes grass, leaves, and shrubbery cuttings) and bundles of brush/branches for collection. Specially printed River Forest Universal Solid Waste Tags, which can be purchased at the Village Hall and at area retailers, must be affixed to paper yard waste bags and bundles of brush prior to collection. Program details are as follows:
Yard waste must be set out for collection curbside no earlier than 6:00pm the night before collection (Monday) and no later than 7:00am on collection day (Tuesday).
Yard waste will be collected on Tuesdays at curbside (in the parkway immediately behind the curb). Yard waste should not be placed in the street. Exception: All yard waste generated at residential locations receiving alley service will be collected at the edge of the alley in a clearly visible location - not located behind gates, fences, or other structures at the time of collection.
Properly prepared paper yard waste bags shall not exceed 32 gallons in capacity or 50 pounds in weight. Brush/branches may be set out in bundles - individual branches are not to exceed 4 feet in length or 4 inches in diameter, and each bundle is not to exceed 50 pounds in weight.
The yard waste collection season begins the first Tuesday after April 1st and runs through the last Tuesday in November.
The Village's annual "Rake to the Street" leaf pick-up program, is unlimited and free, and runs from September 15 through November 30. Rake only leaves onto the street, leaving the curb exposed, where Village crews will collect them. Please don't mix grass clippings, brush or any other type of yard waste with your leaves (please advise your lawn care service). Village crews will collect leaves only, beginning around 7:00 a.m. Please coordinate your lawn maintenance according to the following leaf collection schedule:
Mondays: The area west of Thatcher including Edgewood, Auvergne, River Oaks and Lake, and all streets south of the Union Pacific Rail Road tracks.
Tuesdays: Harlem through and including William
Wednesdays: Monroe through and including Lathrop, north of the Union Pacific Railroad
Thursdays: Ashland through and including Park, north of the Union Pacific Railroad
Fridays: Forest through and including Thatcher, north of the Union Pacific Railroad
Universal Solid Waste Tags are sold at $2.50 each and are available at the Village Hall and at the following area retailers:
- Jewel Food/Osco Drug: 7523 Lake Street
- Dominick's Finer Foods: 7501 North Avenue
- Schauer Ace Hardware: 7449 Madison (Forest Park)
- Dressel's Ace Hardware: 1137 Chicago (Oak Park)