The City of Elgin will be holding its annual Spring Clean-Up the week of March 23-27, 2009. Residents will be allowed to dispose of properly prepared trash, yard waste and bulk items free of charge during this designated week on their regular trash collection day only. This service is only available to residential households with five or fewer units as well as condos/townhomes that receive service from Waste Management as part of the City’s Solid Waste Program.
Residents are asked to observe the following guidelines to ensure collection:
TrashLoose trash items must be containerized in plastic bags or cans no larger than 40 gallons in capacity and not exceeding 45 pounds in weight. Items such as wood and carpet should be tied into secure bundles/rolls up to 45 pounds and no larger than 2’ x 5’.
Yard WasteYard waste must be bagged in paper yard waste bags or tied into secure bundled up to 45 pounds and no larger than 2’ x 5’. Yard waste bags should be kept separate from trash items.
Bulk ItemsBulk items such as televisions, furniture and tires should be placed out whole/as is. Please remove motor oil and gasoline from items such as grills and lawnmowers before placing them out for collection.
AppliancesA maximum of two (2) major appliances will be collected per household without a sticker. Major appliances include: refrigerators, washers, dryers, freezers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, stoves, dishwashers and hot water heaters. For safety reasons, please remove doors from appliances prior to placing them out for collection.
Unacceptable ItemsHazardous materials such as computer monitors, paint, pesticides, automotive batteries, gasoline, used oil and other materials will not be collected. Contact the City’s Household Hazardous Waste Hotline at 1-800-HHW-PKUP to learn how to dispose of many of these items free of charge.
Residents should note that several different trucks (i.e., trash, recycle, bulk items…) will be servicing their neighborhood throughout the day. Citizens are strongly advised to avoid on-street parking on their scheduled collection day.
Think Green… and BlueResidents are asked to keep in mind that many unwanted items can be reused, recycled or even donated rather than ending up in a landfill.
Items such as clothing, household goods, furniture and even home renovation and building materials can find a new home at local agencies including Goodwill, Salvation Army or Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore.
Other items such as old computers, monitors, other electronic items and books can be recycled free of charge at the Kane County Electronics & Book Recycling Drop-Off Program at the Kane County Circuit Clerk Building, 540 S. Randall Rd., St. Charles on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. – noon. For more information on the electronics recycling program, call (630)208-3841 or visit www.co.kane.il.us/environment/recycle.
Free Yard Waste Collection in AprilResidents can continue to dispose of yard waste free of charge on their scheduled collection day during the entire month of April. Prepaid stickers will not be required on yard waste bags during this period. Simply follow the instructions above on preparing yard waste for pick-up. Bundled branches will continue to be collected free of charge April – November.
More InformationResidents should look for a flyer in the mail with information regarding the clean-up. For more information, residents may contact the Elgin Public Works Department at (847) 697-3160, or Waste Management at 800-796-9696. Information is also available on the City’s website at www.cityofelgin.org.