Residential Services

Refuse Collection

Each single-family residence in River Grove is provided with a 96-gallon wheeled refuse cart and a 35-gallon wheeled recycling cart with a blue lid. The monthly refuse collection rate for a single-family residence is $27.73.  Additional carts are available for an additional fee.

Household waste is limited to what is generated at the residence being served. Household waste does not include commercial or business-generated waste.

Bulk or large items may also be set out. Each large item (including appliances) set out must have a pre-paid Village of River Grove Waste Tag affixed to the item.  Tags may be purchased at Village Hall, 2621 Thatcher, or at the BP Station at Grand and River.  Tags are $2 each.
Please consult the Refuse Collection Flyer (PDF)  


Refuse, recycling and yard waste need to be at the curb/alley no later than 6 a.m. on Monday morning. If a holiday falls on collection day (Monday), then refuse, recycling and yard waste will be collected on Tuesday of that week. The following holidays will be observed each year:

  • New Year's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day


Please consult the Recycle Flyer (PDF) for information about what is recyclable

Acceptable Items

Recyclables are to be placed in your 35-gallon recycling cart. This includes:

  • Aluminum containers
  • Bi-Metal containers (soup cans)/Empty paint/aerosol containers
  • Chipboard/Corrugated boxes
  • Glass containers
  • Mixed paper (junk mail, magazines, etc.)
  • Newsprint
  • Plastic containers (milk jugs, two-liter bottles, laundry detergent, etc.)

Prohibited Items

Some common items can NOT be recycled and need to be deposited in your 96-gallon refuse cart. These items include:

  • Light bulbs
  • Used paper products (Pizza boxes, paper plates & cups, etc.)
  • Plastic bags
  • Tissue and toilet paper
  • Ceramics
  • Clothing
  • Hazardous containers
  • Polystyrene #6
  • Window glass
  • Styrofoam

Yard Waste

Yard waste consisting of grass clippings, twigs, leaves and/or plant material is to be set out in 30-gallon Kraft paper bags or in approved refuse cans. Cans must be waterproof with handles and a lid, and must not exceed 32 gallons in capacity or weigh more than 50 pounds when full. Residents using a can for yard waste must clearly mark the can with a large X.  Any brush or branches outside of the container must be cut down to 4 feet in length and bundled (use twine or string – no metal twine or wire) no great than 2 feet in diameter and not weighing more than 50 lbs.  Unbundled brush WILL NOT be collected.

Yard waste will be collected between April 1st and November 30th each year.

Electronic Waste

Electronic waste is banned from Illinois landfills. Please note that the Village's drop-off site for program-accepted electronic waste has changed. It is now our Public Works facility at 2101 N West Street.

Residents can drop off electronics for recycling on the first Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to Noon at the Public Works yard located at 2101 N West Street. Proof of residency may be required.

For additional information about electronic waste disposal, view the E-Waste Flyer (PDF).

Hazardous Waste

As residents, it is vital that we protect the environment we live in. Please view our 2018 Hazardous Waste flyer (PDF) to learn about properly disposing of items such as:

  • Motor Oil
  • Gasoline
  • Paint
  • Batteries
  • Needles
  • Colostomy Bags
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Glass & light bulbs
  • Styrofoam
  • Mattresses

Helpful Flyers

 Refuse Collection Flyer (PDF)

 Animal Damage Flyer (PDF)

 E-Waste Flyer (PDF)


Water & Sewer

The Village of River Grove receives its water from Lake Michigan through a purchase agreement with the City of Chicago. New residents should call River Grove Village Hall at 708-453-8000 to schedule service.

The Water and Sewer rates for River Grove residential customers as of August 1st. 2022 are:

  • WATER - $11.68 per thousand gallons
  • SEWER - 15% of the total water 

Our Public Works department is responsible for the maintenance of the water main system, sanitary, and storm sewer system. Duties include repairing water main breaks, clearing debris from storm drain entry points, conducting inspections, and taking meter readings.

The following report summarizes the quality of water that we provided last year including details about where the water comes from, what it contains, and how it compares to standards set by regulatory agencies. 

2021 Water Quality Report (PDF)

Natural Gas

NICOR                                                                                                                                Link: NICOR Website
 Phone 888-NICOR4U


Commonwealth Edison
Link:Commonwealth Edison Website                                                                                             Phone: 800-334-7661