Trash, Yard Waste and Recycling

Refuse collection is made available at no cost to all residential homes within the Village having 3 units or less. This service is contracted through Groot.

Collection Procedures

Curbside trash, recycling and seasonal yard waste collection occur on Fridays beginning at 6 am. Items may be placed on the curb the evening prior to collection day.

All materials for collection must be placed near the curb in front of your home no earlier than the night before collection and should be easily accessible to the collector.

Please review the Residential Refuse & Recycling Programs PDF on this page (under Forms) for detailed information.

Refuse Holidays

There are six major holidays observed by Groot. During the week of the below holidays, if the holiday falls on a weekday (on or before our regular Friday collection day), the collection day for that week will be moved to Saturday:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Fourth of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas

Refuse Toters

Each qualifying residence has been issued a two-wheeled refuse toter with a blue lid for collection of household garbage. All refuse should be placed inside the toter whenever possible. Larger or additional refuse items will still be collected when placed at the curb outside of the toter.

If you don’t have a refuse toter, please call Groot at (847) 429-7370 to request one. The standard size refuse toters are 95 gallons. Additional refuse toters can be rented directly from Groot if needed.

Please contact Groot directly at (847) 429-7370 should you have a large quantity of refuse or large household appliances in need of pick-up.

Recycling Toters

Each qualifying residence has been issued a two-wheeled recycling toter with a gray lid for single-sort recycling. Items should be placed in the bin loose and unseparated. A list of the items which can be recycled can be found on the top of the bin.

If you don’t have a recycling toter, please call Groot at (847) 429-7370 request one. Recycle bins are 65 gallons, with a 35 gallon bin available to senior residents. Additional recycling bins can be rented directly from Groot if needed.

Yard Waste Collection (seasonal)

Free yard waste pick-up is available to residents beginning the first Friday in April and ending the last Saturday in November.

Loose yard waste material should be bagged in Kraft type paper sacks. (A refuse can, clearly marked “yard waste”, may also be used. If you use a refuse can, be sure to leave the lid off, so the contents can be easily identified as yard waste. Please note that Groot is not responsible to damage to yard waste recepticles.)

Tree and brush material less than 2 inches in diameter should be cut and bundled with a biodegradable twine. Please keep limbs no longer than 4 feet in length and bundles no larger than 2 feet in diameter.

The Village collects downed parkway tree limbs as needed. Private property tree limbs may be placed on the parkway for pickup only after storm events that result in a high volume of fallen tree debris. At all other times, standard yard waste collection guidelines apply.

Fall Leaf Collection (seasonal)

The Village also conducts a Fall Leaf Collection program during the months of October and November. During this time, leaves can be raked into the street along the curb for collection.

Electronics & Textile Recycling

Residents of Kane County may drop off electronics, as well as clothing, shoes and textiles, for recycling at 900 Angle Tarn in West Dundee Monday through Friday between 7:00 am and 3:00 pm (holidays excluded). One other recycling drop-off site, as well as regular recycling events, are also available to residents of Kane County. Businesses and individuals who live outside of Kane County should seek alternative recycling opportunities.

Please note that a fee is required for recycling of TVs and Monitors (click for details). Fees may be paid online in advance or on site with cash or card only.

For more information about drop-off procedures and location, view the West Dundee Electronics Recycling Map. For more information regarding drop-off locations and hours, accepted items, recycling for businesses and more, please visit the Electronics page of Kane County Recycle's website.

Some sites and events that accept electronics for recycling also accept clean clothing, paired shoes, bedding, towels, and clean household textiles in any condition, along with cloth toys, accessories and purses. For more information about textile recycling, visit the Textiles page of Kane County Recycle's website. For an overview of recycling center locations and accepted items, please view the Kane County Recycling Center Guide.

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

Household hazardous waste items are materials purchased for cleaning or maintaining a home or personal vehicle, such as automotive fluids, fluorescent bulbs, oil based paints and more.

(A more comprehensive list of what constitutes HHW can be found at the Kane County Recycles website.)

Residents of West Dundee can arrange for free pick-up Household Hazardous Waste items once per year by calling 1-866-373-8357.

A regional HHW drop off facility is also available, located at 156 Fort Hill Drive in Naperville, on Saturdays & Sundays from 9am to 2pm (excluding holidays). Visit the City of Naperville HHW page for more information and a complete list of items accepted.

Christmas Tree Collection (seasonal)

Free curbside Christmas tree collections are available along with regular refuse collection during the first two full weeks in January each year, for residential properties with no more than 3 units.

Trees must be stripped of all decorations and placed at the curb with the cut end facing the street. Trees do not have to be cut up, bundled or placed in yard waste bags. Trees/greenery in plastic bags, wrapped in plastic or covered with artificial snow cannot be accepted. Garlands and wreaths must be disassembled, and the organic portion placed in a yard waste bag.

If you live in a building with more than three units, contact your building owner or refuse hauler regarding the disposal of your tree, or recycle it with the Dundee Township Highway Dept.


Kane County has an extensive list of items eligible for recycling. Please see the Kane County Recycles website for information regarding the proper disposal or recycling of pharmaceuticals, latex paint, Styrofoam, shredded paper, CFL light bulbs, plastic bags, motor oil and more.

Keep in mind that our local thrift stores accept donations of unwanted household items and clothing. Also, the Habitat for Humanity ReStore on Route 31 in Elgin accepts furniture and surplus or unwanted building materials such as cabinets, flooring, fixtures and more. Donating these items not only extends their useful life and keeps them out of landfills, but also provides inexpensive alternatives to local families and individuals.

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