Refuse & Recycling

IMPORTANT – please refer to this guide (via link) to confirm proper disposal of your refuse vs. recycling. Please try and inhibit contaimination of your recylicables by educating yourself on the Dos and Don’ts.  See list here.

Holiday Recycling Naughty and Nice List – click here

In 2006, the Village of Forest Park, in partnership with Allied Waste Services, launched the 64-gallon recycling container program. Residents who called Allied Waste at 708-345-7050 and ordered their new container received it free of charge. The “toter,” as it is commonly called, holds ALL of your recyclables, making it easy for anyone, even children, to contribute to saving the environment! Further, by reducing waste at landfills, you also save the Village money in disposal costs. Click THINK GREEN to view more about recycling.

In May 2013, “Big Belly” solar powered trash compactors were added to Madison Street near the Brown Cow and Starbucks businesses. Both of these businesses use disposable materials to hold their products which tend to frequently overflow the waste receptacles. The Village purchased two used compactors at a discounted cost. Each unit holds three times more refuse, operates on solar power so it’s environmentally friendly and efficient.

Waste Pick Up

If you are new in Forest Park, refuse, recycling and yard waste are picked up on Thursday. This normal service schedule may be affected by New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. During a holiday week, if one of these holidays falls on or before Thursday, service will be delayed until Friday.

Make sure all of your containers are in the alley or at the curb by 6 a.m. on the morning of collection! Containers that are on private property, inside fences or gates will not be emptied.

YARD WASTE: Yard waste should be collected in a separate container clearly marked “YARD WASTE,”* and placed alongside your regular refuse containers for weekly pick up. Brown yard waste bags are also acceptable. *YARD WASTE stickers can be obtained, free of charge, from Village Hall. Autumn leaves should be raked onto the street, curbside, for collection by the Street Department. Leaves are picked up on various days of the week throughout the season and will cease being collected once a significant snowfall is realized, typically the first or second week of December. 

Bulk Items

Bulk items (such as sofas, mattresses, etc.) should be placed in the alley. Please note, some large (bulk) items require you to call the waste hauler for a “special pick-up” at an additional cost. Please call 708-345-7050 directly or they may not be picked up with the regular waste.

Hazardous Waste

Hazardous materials, such as paint, pesticides, cleaning solutions, gasoline, oil, and other flammable, toxic or corrosive products are not acceptable in your regular refuse for disposal. For these items, please contact the West Cook County Solid Waste Agency at 708-453-9100 or check their website at for local collection dates.  Hardware stores sell  a product that you can pour into paint which will harden the paint for disposal in the regular trash.

Electronics Recycling

The State of Illinois prohibits disposal of electronic items with the everyday waste.  Waste haulers are not allowed to remove your electronic items. The Village of Forest Park periodically hosts electronic disposal events and will promote the events when scheduled.  Stores such as Best Buy and Staples advertise free electronics recycling.  Please contact them directly for more information. 


If you have any questions at all about Forest Park recycling programs, household waste and yard waste, feel free to contact Republic Services directly at 708-345-7050 or the Village Hall at 708-366-2323. If your bin is lost, stolen or damaged, contact the Village for a replacement.