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.

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.

Schedule

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

Recycling

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 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

Please consult the 2018 Recycling Flyer for more information about what is acceptable and what is not.

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. 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 2018 eWaste 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 your options for properly disposing items such as:

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

Helpful Flyers

For additional information about Refuse Collection, Recycling and Yard Waste, view the 2018 Refuse Collection flyer (PDF).

For helpful tips regarding yard waste and grass clippings, view the 2018 Yard Waste flyer (PDF).

Animal damage to your cart? View the 2018 Animal Damage flyer (PDF).

ADDITIONAL Services

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 current Water and Sewer rates for River Grove residential customers are as follows:

  • $10.35 per thousand gallons for water
  • $0.75 per thousand gallons for sewer

Our Public Works department is responsible for 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 reads.

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. 

2017 Water Quality Report (PDF)

Natural Gas

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Electric

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