Single family homes and apartment buildings with 4 or fewer units have their trash collected by City Streets and Sanitation crews. In the 49th Ward, trash pick-up day is either Monday or Tuesday, depending on your location. This map provides more detail.
To notify us of a missed collection, request a bulk pick-up or additional black garbage cart, or report missing/damaged carts, please contact our office by phone (773.338.5796) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
New Garbage Fees for Households with City Trash Collection
Effective January 1, 2016, households receiving City trash collection will pay a $9.50 per month per dwelling unit. Half of Chicago households (buildings with 5 dwelling units or more) already pay for garbage collection service from a private provider. The City garbage fee impacts the other half of Chicago households (buildings with 4 dwelling units or less), receiving garbage pickup from the City. There is no charge for recycling services, bulk pick-up, or seasonal yard waste collection.
To allow for one bill and one payment for City-provided services, the garbage fees will appear on a new, unified utility bill that reflects charges for water and sewer services and garbage services. Beginning April 2016, the City will include this garbage fee as a line item on current water and sewer bills for a unified City-provided utility bill. This unified City-provided utility bill will continue to follow the current water billing cycle.
- If a resident has a metered account, the resident will continue to be billed every 2 months.
- If the resident has a non-metered account, the resident will continue to be billed every 6 months.
The garbage fee is $9.50 per month per dwelling unit at the residential property. For example, a three dwelling unit building would be billed $9.50 x 3 (the number of dwelling units) for a monthly total of $28.50. The first unified utility bill, which will be received after April 1, 2016, will include catch up charges for garbage services provided since January 2016, along with current charges for water and sewer usage. Each proceeding unified utility bill will charge residence for current water, sewer and garbage services and will continue to follow the current billing cycle.
To help ease the transition to the unified utility bill and to allow residents to space out catch up garbage fee charges, residents may pay the garbage fee charges throughout 2016 without any penalties for late payment. For water and sewer late payments will continue to incur penalties.
Seniors may be eligible for 50 percent discount on their monthly garbage fee charge for a garbage fee of $4.75 per unit per month. In order to be eligible for this senior discount, a senior must receive the Cook County Senior Freeze Exemption.
To help ensure residents are accurately billed for garbage collection, a simple process will be available starting in April, which will allow residents to check the number of dwelling units identified at their property and update the information, where necessary.
For more information and questions, please visit the City of Chicago’s website.