City of Springfield, Illinois

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Waste & Recycling

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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. If you have any questions and/or issues regarding your trash service, please call your waste hauler first and then the Office of Public Works if you still have questions and/or issues.

  • Lake Area Disposal Service - 217.522.9271
  • Republic Services - 217.522.7797
  • Waste Management - 217.523.5498

Curbside Recycling

Curbside recycling is available at no additional cost for city residents living in single family homes of 3 units or less that pay for garbage can pickup. City residents who live in multi-unit buildings may also take advantage of their waste haulers recycle drop off location or with the property owner’s agreement of obtaining on site recycling service from their waste hauler at the monthly rate of $3 per unit.

Please note: all garbage and recycling is picked up curbside unless owner’s property has alley access. In the case of alley access, garbage and recycling receptacles should be placed and picked up in the alley.

Any questions please contact the Office of Public Works 217.789.2255

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.

Annual Earth Awareness Fair

  • The City of Springfield’s Earth Awareness Fair is held every 3rd Saturday in April on the grounds of the Old State Capitol in the heart of downtown Springfield, IL
  • For 2017, the Fair was held on Saturday, April 22nd with over 50 participating exhibitors and 2,000 people in attendance. For a full list of the day’s event please click on the 2017 EAF link below. For pictures of 2017 EAF please visit the city’s facebook page
  • The 2018 Earth Awareness Fair is scheduled for Saturday, April 21st.
  • If you would like to be notified when vendor registration and/or volunteer sign-up is open for 2018, please email or call 217.789.2255 to have your contact information added.

2017 EAF

Electronic Recycling

The Office of Public Works offers an electronic recycling drop off program for all City residents.  The 2017 program starts Monday, June 5 and will run through December 31, 2017.  BLH Computers is the electronic drop off provider and is located at 1832 Adlai Stevenson Drive.  Regular recycling hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Electronic items in the “unlimited” category below are accepted with no restriction on quantity and may be dropped off to BLH Computers.

UNLIMITED - Residency verification not required:

Desktop, Laptop, and Tablet Computers LCD Monitors
Printers (Large office not accepted) Computer Peripherals (keyboard, mice, etc.)
DVD Players Satellite & Cable Equipment
Projectors VCRs
Video Game Consoles Radios
Speakers Cellular & Mobile Phones
Smart Phones Telephones (including PBX equipment)
Toner & Ink Cartridges Network Equipment & Cables
Mailroom Equipment Point of Sale Equipment
Pagers Cameras
Camcorders Power Tools (including batteries)
Fax Machines Answering Machines
Battery Backups and Uninterruptable Power Supplies (UPS) Surge Suppressors & Power Strips
Power & Accessory Cables Walkie-talkies
Christmas Tree Lights  


The “limited” category is new this year and was created so residents now have the ability to drop off televisions and/or CRT (tube) monitors at no cost. These drop offs are restricted to only three (3) types of these items per calendar year, per residence, with residency verification. A resident who brings in more than the allotted three items in the “limited” category will be charged the regular fee, with in-store coupon incentive, as set and required by BLH Computers.

Residents must create a voucher online at or at BLH’s in-store kiosk. A voucher created outside the store may be printed off and brought to BLH with the items or emailed to the resident and shown on their mobile device when dropping off their electronics. Please note that proof of city residency is required (driver’s license or photo ID) during drop off in addition to the voucher.

LIMITED - Residency verification required and limited to 3 items per calendar year:

CRT Televisions Projection Televisions
CRT Monitors Non-LCD/Plasma Televisions or Monitors
Consoles LCD Televisions

If an item is not listed, please call BLH Computers at 217.585.1580 to see if it can be accepted.

Hazardous Materials

The EPA considers “some leftover household products that can catch fire, react, or explode under certain circumstances, or that are corrosive or toxic as household hazardous waste.”

Such items can be potentially harmful to your health as well as children, pets, wildlife, and the environment if poured down the drain or toilet, poured on the ground, or put in the trash.

Consequently, the City of Springfield’s Office of Public Works holds an annual Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) drop off event for City residents.

This event is in accordance with EPA guidelines and regulations.

The 2017 City of Springfield Hazardous Waste event is scheduled.

Saturday, September 16, 2017
8:00am - 1:00pm
Illinois State Fairgrounds
Enter through Gate 11 and go to Lot 21

Acceptable Items at the collection include:

Oil based paints Aerosol paints
Paint thinner/strippers Solvents
Hobby chemicals Mercury thermostats & thermometers
Fluorescent tubes Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL)
Lithium & alkaline batteries Lead acid batteries
Insecticides/pesticides/herbicides Fertilizers
Antifreeze/coolant Used motor oil
Old gasoline Fuel additives/cleaners
Lawn chemicals Pool chemicals
Drain cleaners Cleaning products

Please note: The only latex based paint considered hazardous are those containing mildew protection which is made with pesticides. Other than that, latex based paint is not a hazardous waste and should not be included into drop off materials. Latex based paint can be disposed of through regular waste collection once paint has dried. To help speed the drying process, paint hardener can be added or you can spread out newspaper and pour paint onto the newspaper to dry. Paint as well as paint can must be totally dry before placing in the trash.

Unacceptable Items at the collection include:

Agricultural chemicals Farm machinery oil
Fireworks/gun powder Explosives/ammunition
Potentially infectious medical wastes Old & outdated medications/pharmaceuticals
Sharps & needles Smoke detectors
Business sector wastes Commercial wastes
Institutional wastes Radium paint
Tires Propane tanks
Electronics Controlled substance


If you have any questions regarding the proper disposal of items listed or not listed please call the Office of Public Works 217.789.2255

Oversized Items

Springfield residents can call Habitat for Humanity at 217.523.2710 to schedule a free large item 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
Mattresses 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 oversized items:

  • Sangamon Valley Landfill, 2565 Sandhill Rd., 528-9256. Accepts large amounts of solid waste, including remodeling and demolition debris as well as large items. Call for specific items, cost details and hours.
  • F & W Resources, 3327 Terminal Ave., 525-1206. Metal salvager. Call for specific items, 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 as well as large items. Also accepts large appliances without Freon and/or cooling units. Call for specific items, 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 specific items, cost details and hours.
  • If you have questions regarding items not listed please refer to the Room-to-Room Guide and/or call the Office of Public Works 217.789.2255

Room-to-Room Guide to Waste & Recycling Options

The Room-to-Room Guide provides waste & recycling guidelines for the City of Springfield as well as information on how to properly dispose of various unwanted household items. If you have an item that is not listed within the Guide please contact the Office of Public Works: Waste & Recycling 217.789.2255.

   Click here to download the guide.

Yard Waste and Branch Disposal

The Office of Public Works provides yard waste and branch collection services twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. To view the map and locations for each season, please click here.

Yard Waste Collection

  • Yard waste is banned from being included with general trash, with the exception of sweet-gum balls.
  •  Yard waste, comprised of grass clippings, leaves/weeds, plant trimmings, and/or twigs, is collected and recycled locally to make mulch and keeps our sewers and storm drain systems clean and clear of debris.
  •  Yard waste must be placed in paper yard waste bags or in an enclosed can marked “yard waste” for collection services. The bags or containers must have a special sticker from your waste hauler's company in order to be collected. Collection services are offered year round for a fee of $2 per container with sticker and $2.50 without sticker. However, these stickers are not required during the city's free one time (1x) yard waste collection service held in the spring and fall.
  •  Residents can also take their yard waste to Evans Recycling during the month of free collection at no charge with proof of residency. Evans Recycling is located at 2100 J. David Jones Pkwy. Please call 217.391.0886 for business hours.
  •  The 2017 FREE spring yard waste pickup has passed. Please check back in September for the fall pickup dates.

Branch Collection

  • Pickup takes place in the Spring (May-June) and in the Fall (October-November).
  • The branch piles must be no larger than 4 ft. wide and 10 ft. long. Place your branches curbside (adjacent to the street), but not on the street or public sidewalk. Small branches can be broken and put into yard waste paper bags. To view the map and locations for each seasonal pickup, please click here.
  • City residents may also take branches to Evans Recycling year round with proof of residency.
  • This service is for city residents only and not for commercial contractors.
  • Evans Recycling is located at 2100 J. David Jones Pkwy. Please call 217.391.0886 for business hours.

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