City of Springfield, Illinois

James O. Langfelder - Mayor

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Annual Earth Awareness Fair

The City of Springfield’s 2017 Earth Awareness Fair is set for Saturday, April 22 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on the grounds of the Old State Capitol. Find information about exhibitors and activities by clicking on the link below. Check back regularly for updated exhibitors, live music performances, workshops, and activities.

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Room to Room Guide to Waste & Recycling Options

The Room to Room Guide provides information on how to properly dispose of unwanted household items.

   Click here to download the guide.

General Trash Pickup

Effective September 1, 2016, waste haulers in the City of Springfield are limited to charging customers no more than $15 per month for one container during weekly garbage pickup and no more than $18 per month for a two can container (96 gallons total), for weekly pickup service. Waste haulers have also agreed to assist the city in alerting the Office of Public Works when they sight fly dumping on their daily routes. They are required to collect all garbage at their customer’s site and may charge an additional fee if it is in excess of the customer’s weekly pickup service.

  • Lake Area Disposal Service - 217.522.9271
  • Republic Services - 217-522-7797
  • Waste Management - 800.796.9696

Oversized Items

Springfield residents can call Habitat for Humanity at 217.523.2710 to schedule a free home pickup.  Pickup can be divided into two pickups of three (3) items per scheduled pickup or one scheduled pickup of six (6) items in a 12-month period.  Proof of residency is required for pickup service.  Springfield residents paying the Waste and Recycling fee on their utility bill are entitled to use the program.  Eligible Items for Pickup include:

  • Couches
  • Chairs
  • Tables
  • Appliances
  • Water heaters
  • Window unit-AC
  • Matresses
  • Box Springs
  • Doors
  • Shelving units
  • Filing cabinets
  • 5X10 rolls of carpet
  • Dressers
  • Desks
  • Bed frames
  • Grills
  • Lawnmowers
  • Toilets
  • Cabinets TV & stereo consoles
  • Basketball hoops
  • Trampolines that have been broken down
  • Pool liners, poles, ladders, etc. that have been broken down

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 piles 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 no more than $2 each and are available at haulers' offices and various hardware stores. These 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.

The 2017 FREE spring yard waste pick up will begin Monday, April 10 with one pick up throughout the city.  Leaves must be placed curbside or at the end of resident driveways by 7:00 a.m. on Monday, April 10.  Residents are asked to place their leaves in brown paper leaf bags or plastic containers that do not exceed 30 gallons and weigh no more than 30 lbs.  All leaves placed properly by the April 10 date will be picked up.

If yard waste is picked up by a hauler and the bags do not contain stickers, residents may be charged $2.50 per bag.

Springfield Curbside (Blue Box) Recycling

Residents living in single family homes of 3 units or less in addition to residents who live in multi-unit buildings may now obtain recycling service on site from their waste hauler at the monthly rate of $3 per unit.

Preparation guidelines: On rainy days, the recycling box may be covered with plastic to keep paper dry. Items that contained food should be rinsed out. 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.

Items accepted:

  • Paper - clean and dry newspapers, junk mail, magazines and chip board (single-ply cardboard used for cereal, tissue, magazines and soda boxes).
  • Plastic - all plastic containers except for No. 6.
  • Metal - food cans, aluminum beverage cans, pie tins, 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.

Drop Off Recycling Facilities

Springfield residents may drop off recycling items at their waste haulers designated location with proof of identification.  Drop off locations are for customers of the waste haulers operating each facility, and residents are encouraged to contact their waste haulers directly should they have any questions regarding this service

 Residents who live in multi-unit buildings may now take advantage of their waste haulers drop off location, or with the property owner’s agreement, and obtain recycling service on site from their waste hauler at the monthly rate of $3 per unit.

Following is the listing of the area waste haulers drop off recycling facilities.

Lake Area Disposal Service
2742 S. 6th Street
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Phone: 217.522.9271

Republic Services
Sangamon Valley Landfill
2565 Sandhill Road
Monday through Friday
7:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Phone: 217.528.9256

Waste Management
3000 E. Ash Street
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. – 12-noon
Phone: 800.796.9696
Customers should check in at weigh station upon entering facility.

Hazardous Materials

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency coordinates hazardous household waste collections at various locations statewide during spring and fall. Check below for details and dates.
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Acceptable items at the collections include:

  • paints
  • paint thinners
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Used motor oil - Can be brought to various service stations, including all Auto Zone locations in Springfield, and Johnson & Johnson. Each location has various limits and charges. Call for details.
  • Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) - Can be taken to Springfield Electric at 700 N. 9th Street - 788-2100, US Electric at 301 North 1st Street - 217.522.3347, 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 $25.00. If you have purchased new carpet from Staff, recycling is free.

To get answers to other questions about waste and recycling call us directly at 217.789.2255