Services > Solid Waste (Refuse) and Recycling
Holiday Tree Collection
The Village of Wheeling utilizes heavy duty wheeled carts. Each
residential dwelling unit has been assigned one (1) 96-gallon cart for refuse and one
(1) 64-gallon cart for recyclables. A residential dwelling unit is
defined as any single family home, townhome, or multi-family home
containing four or fewer units. Requests for containers or
replacements, if damaged, must be made through Waste Management at (800)
796-9696. These carts are the property of the Village of Wheeling
and are not to be removed from the residence.
Important General Guidelines
All carts and materials must be placed at the curb for collections
no earlier than 5:00 PM the day before scheduled collection but by 6:00
AM the day of scheduled collection.
All refuse must be placed inside
the refuse cart with the lid completely closed for appropriate
All empty carts or any refuse materials
that were not collected must be removed from the curb by or before 8:00
AM the day after scheduled collections.
On days other than
collection days, carts along with bulk items shall be kept in the garage
or adjacent to a principal structure within the side or rear yard of any
lot. No waste or carts can be stored in front of principal
structure or within the front yard are of any single family lot.
What Can I Recycle?
The Village of Wheeling encourages residents to reduce, reuse and
recycle. The following are items for recycling. All
recyclable materials should be rinsed free of food.
not mix household refuse with recyclables in the recycling cart.
Mixed refuse in recycling carts will not be collected. Also,
please do not place recyclable materials in plastic bags.
Aluminum cans, foil, formed
Steel or tin cans
Empty aerosol cans
NO scrap metals
Bottles and jars only
Brown, green and clear glass
window glass, Pyrex dishes, or light bulbs
recycling codes can be numerically identified in a triangle on
#1 (PET, PETE)
Such codes apply
to: plastic soft drink, water, and sports drink bottles; milk,
water, juice cosmetic, shampoo or laundry detergent bottles; yogurt or
margarine tubs; peanut butter, pickle, jelly or jam containers; plastic
flower pots; plastic plates and trays; deli containers, egg cartons, six
and twelve pack rings; empty baby wipe containers; plastic cups;
cosmetic containers; empty medicine bottles; compact disc jackets; etc.
Paper (No food or contaminated paper)
Newspapers: all inserts accepted
Magazines & catalogs: glossy and non-glossy
Brown paper bags
Paperboard (chipboard): cereal boxes, tissue boxes, pasta boxes,
clothing boxes, frozen food boxes, beverage carriers
Junk mail: flyers, post cards, brochures, greeting cards, window
stationary, post-it notes, typing paper, notebook paper, computer paper,
cardboard must be flattened into 2’ x 2’ squares.
automotive parts, motor oil, anti-freeze, pool chemicals, or hazardous
waste containers accepted.
waste, or landscape waste, collections begin on April 1, 2013 and
continue weekly through November 30, 2013. It includes grass
clippings, leaves, weeds, trimmings, branches and twigs. It does
not include flower arrangements, pumpkins, bales of straw/hay,
cornstalks, dirt, landscape stone or rocks, pine cones or sod.
Single-family residents are reminded that yard waste must be placed in
biodegradable 2-ply Kraft paper bags or in a rigid 32- gallon container
clearly marked with a red “X” around the body of the container.
Bags and containers must not exceed 45 pounds in weight. There is
no limit to the number of bags or containers. Yard waste in
plastic bags or cardboard boxes will not be collected. All yard
waste must be placed at the curb for collection by 6:00 AM the day of
scheduled collection but not before 5:00 PM the evening before scheduled
Please note: Yard waste
services are not provided to condominium and townhome units.
Branches, or tree limbs, must be bundled and tied
with biodegradable twine or string. Branches or limbs that are
bundled must not exceed 2 inches in diameter and must not exceed 4 feet
in length. Bundles must not exceed 2 feet in diameter and not
weigh over 45 pounds. There is no limit to the number of bundled brush.
Waste Management can be reached Monday through Friday at
(800) 796-9696 for service questions or problems. If you
experience problems with Waste Management, please contact the Village at
In 1994, a ban was
placed on the disposal of appliances into Illinois landfills.
Therefore, appliances, or sometimes referred as white goods, are
required to be collected separately and disposed properly.
Appliances include ranges/stoves, microwaves, washing machines, dryers,
air conditioners, refrigerators, freezers, furnace, hot water heaters,
dehumidifiers, water softeners, trash compactors, and dishwashers.
If the appliance is in good working condition, residents may consider
donating the appliance to local charities or organizations. Many
local appliance companies will also collect and dispose of old
appliances free of charge with the purchase of a new one.
Residents, who require the collection of an appliance, are required to
contact Waste Management at (800) 796-9696 to schedule a collection.
Collection of appliances will occur on regularly scheduled collection
days, unless resident requests a special collection. Charges apply
and full payment is required prior to collection.
In 1994, a ban was placed
on the disposal of appliances into Illinois landfills. Therefore,
appliances, or sometimes referred as white goods, are required to be
collected separately and disposed properly. Appliances include
ranges/stoves, microwaves, washing machines, dryers, air conditioners,
refrigerators, freezers, furnace, hot water heaters, dehumidifiers,
water softeners, trash compactors, and dishwashers.
appliance is in good working condition, residents may consider donating
the appliance to local charities or organizations. Many local
appliance companies will also collect and dispose of old appliances free
of charge with the purchase of a new one.
require the collection of an appliance, are required to contact Waste
Management at (800) 796-9696 to schedule a collection. Collection
of appliances will occur on regularly scheduled collection days, unless
resident requests a special collection. Charges apply and full
payment is required prior to collection.
Residential units (defined as any single family home, townhome or
multi-family home containing four or fewer
units) may place one (1) bulk item a week at the curbside at no
additional charge. Please place bulk item at the curbside on
regular scheduled collection day. Bulk items include bicycle,
table, chair, television (weighing up to 45 lbs), mattress, box spring,
Carpeting may be taken in lieu of a bulk item.
Carpeting will only be accepted if there are four (4) rolls and follow
requirements: carpeting must be rolled, taped or tied with string
and should be no longer than 4 feet in length and no wider than 2 feet
in diameter. Rolls must not weigh more than 45 lbs each.
Residents with bulk items in excess of one item must contact Waste
Management directly to arrange for a special collection, or to order a
dumpster. Charges apply and full payment will be required prior to
collection. Residents who require this service may contact Waste
Management at (800) 796-9696.
The Village is divided into five collection
Day of the Week
Optional 2nd Pick up Day
||Zone A: South of Dundee Road and west
of Elmhurst Road (Route 83). Includes Lake of the Winds,
Lakeside Villas, Tahoe Village, and Arling Grove.
||Zone B: East of Wisconsin Central
Railroad tracks to eastern Village limits. Includes
Timberleaf, Shadow Bend, Equestrian Grove, Fox Point, and
||Zone C: Lexington Commons and Lexington
||Zone D: East of Elmhurst Road and west
of Wisconsin Central Railroad tracks, south of Dundee
Road. Includes Ridgefield, Polo Run, and Avalon.
||Zone E: North of Dundee Road between
Buffalo Grove Road and Wisconsin Central Railroad tracks.
Includes Whippletree Village, Brookvale, Chelsea Cove, and
For further zone clarification, please see map
(Household) Construction Debris
household construction debris (at-home small remodeling projects) that
includes paneling, drywall, flooring, etc. requires a special collection
and must be arranged with Waste Management. Debris must be
contained in 33-gallon containers or plastic bags. Containers and
bags must not exceed 45 lbs in weight. Debris (such as
flooring) can be bundled but cannot exceed 45 lbs in weight and 4 feet
in length and no wider than 2 feet in diameter. All nails must be
For larger construction projects, as well as concrete,
gravel and dirt, a dumpster must be ordered through Waste Management at
Waste Management observes the following 2011 holidays.
Collection services will be delayed by one day.
New Year’s Day (January 1)
Memorial Day (Last Monday in May)
Independence Day (July 4)
Labor Day (First
Monday in September)
(Fourth Thursday in November)
NOTE: Waste Management will be observing Christmas Day (Sunday,
December 25, 2011) and New Year’s Day (Sunday, January 1, 2012) on
Monday, December 26, 2011 and Monday, January 2, 2012. Refuse and
recycling collections will be delayed by one day.
Non-artificial holiday trees are
collected at residential curbsides during the first two weeks in January
of each year at no additional charge. All decorations, stands,
etc. must be removed from trees in order to be collected. Please
do not place trees in plastic bags. Trees that have decorations,
in stands, etc. or in plastic bags will not be collected.
On March 2, 2009, the Village of Wheeling approved an extended
five-year exclusive franchise agreement with Waste Management for the
collection of residential refuse, recycling and yard waste/landscape
waste. This extended agreement came into effect on June 1, 2009.
The current Waste Management rates for resident are the
following (June 1, 2012 through May 31, 2013):
Homes (one weekly collection) ………………… $20.60
Senior – Single
Family Home (one weekly collection)……… $15.45
(Includes 25% Senior
In cases where services are handled through a
homeowner’s association, Waste Management bills the association
Senior Discount Rates
Senior citizens, in single family dwelling household with one (1) or two
(2) senior adults, where one is age 62 years or older and the primary
home occupant, are eligible for a reduced refuse rate. The reduced
rate shall be twenty-five (25%) less than regular rates. The
discount is applied per household, not per senior. To qualify for
a reduced rate, senior citizens must complete an application and attach
a copy of their driver license, state identification or birth
certificate with the application. A copy of the most recent Waste
Management bill with name, address and account number is also required.
Once the application is approved by the Village with all supporting
documents, Waste Management will adjust the account to reflect the
discount in the next billing phase. Senior discounts only apply to
residents with curbside collections. After a senior citizen is
approved, there is no need to re-apply each year.
To obtain a
senior citizen discount application, please visit