Refuse & Recycling

The city is currently contracted with Flood Brothers for refuse, yard-waste, and recycling disposal. Garbage collection for the City's single family homes and Rob Roy Community is Friday. Residential garbage and recycling containers shall be placed along the curb for pickup no sooner than seven o'clock (7:00) pm, the day before collection. Such waste containers shall be removed for the curb and stored within twelve (12) hours after the collection service has been performed.

In the event of a holiday, trash pickups will occur one day later following these holidays: New Year’s Day; Memorial Day; Independence Day; Labor Day; Thanksgiving Day; and Christmas Day

Flood Brothers Brochure

Single family homes receive unlimited garbage, recycling, and yard waste collection.

Townhouses and multi-family buildings receive unlimited garbage and recycling.

Further information on additional services such as additional carts, two day a week collection, or bulk pickups, please contact Flood Brothers directly at 630-261-0578 to make accommodations.

View more information about residential waste and recycling.

The Battery Collection Program at City Hall Has Been Discontinued But Please Review the Following Handout for Important Information on How Residents Should Handle Household Batteries

How do I dispose or recycle household batteries?

SWANCC Pharmaceutical/Sharps Disposal

SWANCC sponsors a collection/disposal program for expired or unused medications and sharps, and provides a proper collection container for needles. Recent research by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Geological Survey revealed that there are a substantial amount of antibiotics and steroidal hormones in rivers, lakes and wells caused by people flushing their medications down the toilet or putting them down the sink. Additionally, sharps can cause needle-sticks and health issues if thrown away in the garbage or put in the water system.

Residents are asked to leave their medications in the original containers and to mark out their personal information. No over-the-counter liquid medications will be accepted. No commercial or institutional waste will be accepted.  Please note that SWANCC residents are able to participate in any drop-off location.

To dispose of controlled substances, please refer to Save A Star drop-off locations or DEA Take-Back Days. Please refer to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency's list of regulated pharmaceutical controlled substances.

SWANCC Medication and Sharps Disposal Guidelines

Electronics Recycling and Document Destruction Events

Local Municipalities along with the assistance of the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County have scheduled electronics recycling and document destruction events throughout the year. Click for the SWANCC website.

No materials will be accepted from businesses or schools.

Typical documents to shred include medical forms, bank statements, personal files and retired tax forms. Staples and paper clips are acceptable, NO BINDERS. Residents will be limited to six file-size boxes or paper shopping bags per vehicle. NO PLASTIC BAGS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

Acceptable Items for Electronic Recycling
The following items will be accepted for recycling at SWANCC’s drop-off programs. Items in BOLD are banned from the landfill and must be recycled. Here here is a link to SWANCC's electronics recycling page.

Cable Receivers

Cell Phones

Computer monitors

Computers (Desktops, Notebooks, Tablets)

Converter Boxes

Fax Machines



MP3 Players

Portable Digital Assistants (PDAs)

Printers (Multi-function Printers)

Satellite Receivers


Televisions (All Types)

Video Game Consoles

Video Recorders/Players

Zip Drives

If you have any questions regarding recycling in the City of Prospect Heights, please go online to or contact City Hall at 847-398-6070 ext. 206.