Recycling & Waste

Recycling & Waste


Evanston's Recycling and Waste Collection


Evanston has a city-wide recycling program that picks up your recyclables the same day as your refuse collection. Visit the Recycling Page for information on what you can recycle and how to prepare it for pickup.

Refuse Collection

Refuse collections are provided weekly for one- to four-unit residences in Evanston. The Streets & Sanitation Division has special rules regarding what type of refuse City crews will collect. Visit the Refuse Collection page for guidelines, fees, and more information.

Yard Waste

Yard waste is collected separately during certain periods of the year. Visit the Yard Waste page for information about guidelines and yard waste stickers.

Plastic Film

Starting June 2015, plastic film recycling will be more accessible to Evanston residents. Visit the Plastic Film Recycling page for information on where and how to recycle plastic film.

New! Get Notified Via Text of Refuse Collection

The City has launched a new service offering residents convenient text message and email notifications to remind them of their weekly refuse, recycling and yard waste collection day. The courtesy notifications are available to residents of each pick-up zone, and will be sent out to subscribers weekly at 6 p.m. on the day prior to their collection day. In addition to the weekly refuse collection reminders, subscribers will also receive notifications regarding special holiday collection schedules, seasonal yard waste reminders, and spring and fall bulk trash pick-up. Click here to sign up or use the box on the right.

Public Works Agency

2100 Ridge Ave. Evanston, IL 60201
Director: Dave Stoneback

P: 311 or 847-448-4311
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Holiday Tree Pick-up Schedule

City crews will pick up holiday trees Dec. 27, 2016 through Jan. 27, 2017.

Sign up to get notified via text of refuse collection


Text notifcations will be sent at 6 p.m. the day prior to your collection day.



Select the appropriate pick-up day from the list and complete the sign-up process.

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2016 Public Works Newsletter

Yard waste, street cleaning, construction projects, recycling & more!