WASTE AND RECYCLING
General trash pickup
Springfield city ordinance requires every household to sign up for weekly trash pickup. Prices for city residents are $11.25 per month for one can of garbage per week and $13.75 for two cans. The Waste & Recycling fee is $1.50 per month and is added to your bill as of April 2013. All reisdents of the City of Springfield may recycle as a part of their regular service. Please contact individual hauler for more information regarding their recycling program. Residential waste and recycling is a subscription service with a choice among the main private residential waste haulers in Springfield:
- Allied Waste, 522-7797
- Waste Management, 523-5498 (800-607-5474)
- Illini Disposal, 789-7025
- Lake Area Disposal, 522-9317
Springfield residents can call Allied Waste at 522-7797 to schedule a free home pickup of oversized items. Crews will haul away up to three large items, such as mattresses, furniture or appliances. Only one of the items can contain Freon. Additional items can be collected at the same time for an extra charge. Call Allied Waste for details. Residents are limited to one free pickup per 12-month period. The program is open to Springfield residents living in single family or duplex homes. It is not available to apartment complexes or mobile home parks.
Other options for getting rid of large items:
Sangamon Valley Landfill, 2565 Sandhill Rd., 528-9256, accepts large amounts of solid waste, including remodeling and demolition debris and large items.Call for cost details and hours.
F & W Resources, 3327 Terminal Ave., 525-1206, metal salvager. Call for cost details and hours.
Waste Management of Illinois' transfer station, 3000 E. Ash St. - Accepts large amounts of solid waste, including remodeling and demolition debris and bulky items. Also accepts large appliances without Freon. Call for cost details and hours.
Mervis Iron, 1100 S. Ninth St. - Accepts and recycles large metal appliances without cooling units free of cost. A fee is charged for each unit that needs Freon removed. Call for cost details and hours.
Yard waste disposal
The Office of Public Works provides branch collection from May through November. The branch piles must be no larger than 4 ft. wide and 10 ft. long. Place your branches adjacent to the street, but not on the street or public sidewalk. There is no set schedule for collection and no need to call to receive services. Public Works crews inventory neighborhoods and subdivisions and will dispatch vehicles for collection.
Branches- Resident Drop Off - Year Round Weather Permitting Residents may drop off branches at Evans Recycling with proof of residency. This service is not for commercial operators, but for residents only. Evans Recycling is located at 2100 J.D. Jones Parkway, Springfield, Il 62707. 217.391.0886
Grass and leaves - Banned from being included with general trash, with the exception of sweet-gum balls. Grass, leaves and other yard waste must be placed in paper yard waste bags or in an enclosed can marked "yard waste." The bags or containers must have a special sticker from your waste hauler's company in order to be collected. The stickers cost $1.50 each and are available at haulers' offices and various hardware stores. The $1.50 stickers are not required on yard waste bags during the city's yard waste pickup programs, held in the spring and fall. Spring collection is usually held in April. Fall collection is usually in November.
Springfield curbside (blue bin) recycling
Residents living in single family or duplex homes can sign up for free recycling service by calling their private waste hauler. Items accepted:
- Paper - clean and dry newspapers, junk mail, magazinesand chip board (single-ply cardboard used for cereal and soda boxes).
- Plastic - all plastic containers except for No. 6.
- Metal - food cans, aluminum beverage cans, pie tins and clean aluminum foil.
- Glass - all colors of glass are recyclable. Only bottles and jars that food or drink came in are accepted. No glass window panes or dishware.
- Preparation guidelines: On rainy days, the recycling box may be covered with plastic to keep paper dry. Items that contained food should be rinsed clean. Lids and protective foil coverings should be removed from container openings; labels may remain. Some haulers will take mixed materials with no sorting needed -- others require some sorting and separation of materials. Call your waste hauler for details on their requirements.
Drop-off recycling facilities
Lake Area Recycling Services, 2742 S. Sixth St. Offers 24-hour access to its drop-off facility. Accepts the same materials as the curbside program (with the exception of glass) along with corrugated cardboard.
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency coordinates hazardous household waste collections at various locations statewide during spring and fall. Checkhttp://www.epa.state.il.usfor details and dates. Acceptable items at the collections include:
Paints, paint thinners,unwanted medications,herbicides, insecticides, old gasoline, pool chemicals, cleaning products, mercury, household batteries, used motor oil, drain cleaners, lawn chemicals, solvents, antifreeze, hobby chemicals, aerosol paints and fluorescent lamp bulbs.
Other specific items
Tires - Can be brought to various service stations, including Johnson & Johnson Auto Service Center, 1325 Stevenson Drive and Midtown Tire and Auto Service, 2110 Clear Lake Ave. Each store charges between $2 and $5 to get rid of one standard-sized tire. Call for details and requirements.
Used motor oil - Can be brought to various service stations, including allauto supply storesin Springfield, andsome service centers. Each location has various limits and charges. Call for details.
Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL)- Can be taken to Springfield Electric at 700 N. 9th - 788.2100, U.S. Electric at 301 N. 1st - 522.3347, Lowe's and Menards locations. Call for details.
Carpet and padding- Can be taken to Staff Carpet. If you have not purchased new carpet from Staff, the cost is $25. If you have purchased new carpet, recycling is free.
To get answers to other questions about waste and recycling call 789-2255.