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Village of Morton Grove
GOVERNMENT
Garbage and Recycling

Groot Recycling and Waste Services, Inc., is under contract with the Village to remove all acceptable and properly prepared recyclables along with appropriate "regular" garbage. Removal of yard waste is at an individual homeowner’s expense. Appropriate Morton Grove yard waste stickers are required for this service.

Regular pick-up days for garbage, recycling, and yard waste are:
Tuesday: east of the North Branch of the Chicago River.
Wednesday: west of the North Branch of the Chicago River.

ITEMS ACCEPTED AS RECYCLABLES
Glass bottles & jars-all colors;
All beverage cans & trays;
Clean aluminum foil;
Plastic containers coded 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7;
Newspaper covers, cleaner bags, and bread bags;
Paper milk cartons, juice boxes;
Empty aerosol cans;
Tin cans, steel cans;

Please rinse and clean all items.

Plastic grocery bags—please return to retailer for recycling.

NEWSPAPER
Newspapers (and all inserts).

MIXED PAPER
Catalogs, phone books, paperback books and magazines;
Chipboard (i.e., potato chip or cereal boxes;
Cardboard;
Paper generated in offices (i.e., copy paper, faxes, envelopes;
Paper grocery bags, junk mail or corrugated containers.

ALL RECYCLABLES MAY BE PLACED TOGETHER IN YOUR TOTE-NO NEED TO SEPARATE.
Cardboard boxes and corrugated material that is too big to be placed into the tote should be flattened to a size no greater than three feet on any side and placed under your recycling tote.

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AS RECYCLABLES
Motor oil containers;
Antifreeze containers;
Charcoal lighter containers;
Cold-cut containers;
Corrugated pizza boxes;
Padded envelopes;
Tissue paper;
Foiled gift/tissue boxes;
Gift wrap;
Styrofoam, containers/packing material

REGULAR GARBAGE
After properly separating and preparing your recyclables, whatever garbage remains must be placed into your garbage tote. Extra garbage may be placed in a container at the side of your tote. No stickers are required. These containers (including heavy duty plastic bags) may be no larger than 34 gallons and no heavier than 50 pounds.

“Bulky" items such as furniture, bedding, large toys, and carpeting (rolled in lengths no longer than five feet & no heavier than 50 lbs.) will be removed if placed alongside your
other garbage and recyclables. The Village suggests that you first contact your favorite charity to see if they can pick up, recondition, and reuse these items. There is no charge for the collection of bulky items.

“Appliances or White Goods”
Appliances cannot go into the landfills. They must be picked up and disposed of separately. This is done on your regular garbage day. There is a $30.00 handling fee for each that will be charged to your monthly bill. Appliances include:
Stoves Furnaces Water heaters
Dryers Washers Refrigerators
Freezers Trash compactors
Humidifiers Dishwashers
Air conditioners Dehumidifiers
The residents must make arrangements directly with Groot for this service.

Computers, TVs, and other electronics cannot be taken by the garbage company. See www.swancc.org for ways to dispose of items not included in the Village's regular solid waste and recycling programs.

"Construction or remodeling debris" will not be taken as a part of the regular Village solid waste materials. Removal of these materials should be made as part of an agreement with the contractor. If this cannot be arranged, residents are required to have the debris removed at their own expense. However, small amounts of properly containerized or bundled building debris from do-it-yourself projects will be collected.

SPECIAL PICK-UP
Residents must make arrangements at their own expense for special pick-up of items in excess of what is included in the Village of Morton Grove’s solid waste and yard waste programs. This includes construction debris not taken by the contractor. You may call Groot Recycling and Waste Services, Inc. at 800/354-7668 or any other scavenger service.

QUESTIONS?
Call the Village of Morton Grove’s Public Works at 847/470-5235 between 7:00 am and 3:15 pm or Environmental Health @ 847/663-3048 between 8:30 am and 5 pm.

YARD WASTE PROGRAM
From spring through fall, yard waste (i.e., lawn clippings, shrub prunings and leaves) must be properly containerized in either a biodegradable thirty (30) gallon yard waste bag or a thirty-four (34) gallon maximum garbage can with a maximum weight of fifty (50) pounds dedicated exclusively for yard waste. The yard waste bags are available at many local Village retailers. Whether residents use a bag or can, each container must have a green "yard waste" sticker attached. Branches which are less than three inches in diameter and do not exceed four feet in length will also be collected if bundled and tied with a non-synthetic string and a yard waste sticker is affixed. Branches, yard waste, or grass clippings are not permitted to be placed in plastic garbage bags. The cost of yard waste stickers is $2.14 each.

LEAF PICK-UP
Each fall, the Department of Public Works collects leaves which are raked to the curb. This is done on your regular sweeping day. The leaves are removed and taken to the appropriate composting landfill for disposal. If you choose to rake your leaves to the curb for collection, do not mix any other material in with the leaves. If Public Works personnel observe any other material mixed in with the leaves (i.e., grass clippings, shrub prunings, paper, trash, etc.) they are instructed not to take the pile. If you choose to bag or containerize leaves, they must be placed into bags or cans with stickers applied as described in the Yard Waste Program.

HOLIDAY PICK-UP SCHEDULE
The following holidays will affect your solid waste and recycling collection day:
New Years Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Christmas Day

When these holidays fall on Monday or Tuesday, your collection day will be one day later than usual.

If one of these holidays falls on a Wednesday, only residents who normally have collection on that day will experience a one-day delay.

LOCAL RETAILERS WHO SELL MORTON GROVE YARD WASTE STICKERS INCLUDE
Dominicks at Dempster&Waukegan
Village Hall  6101 Capulina Ave.
Jewel/Osco  8203 Golf, Niles
Walgreen’s  5730 Dempster

IMPORTANT CONTAINER SET-OUT TIMES
To protect the visual beauty of our community, Morton Grove ordinances require residents do not place out for collection any garbage, recycling, or yard waste prior to 6:00 p.m. from April 1 to October 31 and 4:00 p.m. from November 1 to March 31 the evening before your scheduled waste removal pick-up service. Residential solid waste containers shall also be removed from the curb or alley and returned to their permanent storage location before midnight on the day of collection.

Residents should be reminded that three different trucks come through the Village on collection days: one for "recyclables", one for "regular" garbage, and one for "yard waste". There may be a break of several hours between the different pick-ups. Furthermore, since collection is permitted between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. your pick-up times may vary from week to week depending on a driver’s schedule.

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE
Products that can threaten human health or cause contamination of sewer, ground water, soil, or air cannot be disposed in landfills with regular garbage. These products include:
Paint, thinners, and removers
Lawn chemicals
Pesticides
Hobby chemicals
Pool chemicals
Cleaning products
Solvents
Aerosols
Old motor oil
Old gasoline
Anti-freeze
Automobile batteries
Household batteries
Tires

For information on how to dispose of these items, call the Village’s Department of Public Works at 847-470-5235 or check the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County’s website @www.swancc.org.


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