The City of Zion has contracted with Advanced Disposal Services to provide solid waste, recycling and yard waste collection.
In order to begin service, you will need to contact City
Hall to make arrangements for billing and to obtain a garbage
container. You will be billed quarterly for waste service
on your water and
sewer bill. Your first bill reflects
two billing cycles as this service is billed in
Every dwelling within the city is required to have a 95-gallon
These carts must be constructed of rodent
proof material, strong, waterproof,
and have tight fitting
covers. These carts shall have a capacity of not more than
95 gallons, or less than ten gallons, except for city approved
refuse containers. These carts can be purchased at City
Hall for $50.00. Call (847) 746-4008.
The city is divided into 5 separate areas for garbage
collection. Garbage must be
put out by 5:00 A.M. on the
day of your collection.
Recycling is picked up on the same day as your normal
garbage pickup but must
be placed at
the curb by 5:00 A.M. that day.
Advanced Disposal Services picks up yard waste in Zion on your regularly scheduled
waste collection day.
White goods are large appliances such as discarded refrigerators,
ranges, water heaters, freezers, air conditioners and humidifiers
that cannot be taken to a
landfill. Please call Advanced Disposal Services at
(847) 623-3870 to schedule a pickup.
Service is delayed one day on holiday weeks when service
is normally scheduled
on or after a holiday. The holiday
schedule applies to: New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence
Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
Special Pick Up
Additional Items/Bulky Waste
Bulky waste such as discarded furniture is included with
your regular refuse collection. Advanced Disposal Services garbage trucks usually
operate with only one driver so make sure these items are
put out a little at a time, and are reasonable in height
for one person to pick up. Carpeting must be
bundled in bundles of no more than four feet in length
and fifty pounds in weight.
City Pickup (City Clean-up)
If you have a large pile of debris you must arrange for
a special pick up by either
the City or another waste carrier
such as Advanced Disposal Services. The City charges a minimum of
$500.00 a load. Pick ups should be pre-paid at City Hall and are scheduled
as soon as possible as time permits.
There are three types of "City Clean-Ups" that
can be categorized as follows:
- Construction debris: Construction
debris can be defined as material associated with various
types of building applications which have been removed
from their original specific use (remodeling) or waste
by new construction activities. This material
is generated either by a homeowner performing construction
activity, a contractor working for
a homeowner in a remodeling
project, or a contractor
working new construction.
- Domestic debris: Domestic debris
is defined as material generated by
the occupant of a
particular residence which includes, but is not limited
to, construction debris, white goods, furniture, clothing,
etc. An occupant
can be either a homeowner or renter.
- Demolition: Demolition, in our case,
is defined as the process of razing
and removing of an
existing structure from a site (i.e. sheds, garages,
houses, commercial buildings).
Request for demolition of a specific structure originate
from the property owner
or the City Building Inspector.
The Public works Department will continue picking up domestic
debris and construction debris only if a homeowner performs
the construction activity.
We now require all contractors
to provide their own means of clean-up and disposal.
The cost to perform a "City Clean-Up" is $500.00 per 5
cubic yard load and shall be paid prior to performing the
work. If a property is to be liened for a "City Clean-up" the
cost shall be $500.00 per 5 cubic yard load or actual costs,
whichever is higher plus a $58.00 lien fee.
The quality of material is a fundamental element of recycling.
To make material processing efficient and cost effective,
please observe these instructions:
- Place paper products in paper bags or at the bottom
of your bin.
Please do not bundle.
- Do not place any recyclables in plastic bags.
- Rinse all jars, bottles, and
cans. Paper that has come into contact with food cannot be recycles.
- Break down all boxes. Pieces must be flat and should
be no larger than
2' by 2'.
- Recycle bins or replacements are available from City
Hall for $10.00.
- Green Bottles and Jars
- Milk and Water Jugs
- Brown Bottles and Jars
- Laundry Bottles
- Clear Bottles and Jars
- #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5 Plastic Containers
- Junk Mail
- Paperboard Boxes
- Office Paper
- Soda Bottles
- School Paper
- Aluminum Cans
- Telephone Books
- Tin and Steel Cans
- Hard Cover Books
- Paperback Books
Items NOT Accepted:
- Plastic Bags
- Food Covered Items
- Aluminum Siding
- Food Waste
- Coat Hangers
- Waxed Cardboard
- Waxed Paper
- Pots and Pans
- Carbon Paper
- Window Glass
- Paper Towels
- Tissue Paper
- Pizza Boxes
- Paper Plates
- Broken Glass
Any non-recyclable materials in your bin will be left
at the curb. Recycling bins will
not be picked up in the
There is no limit to the amount of recyclable materials that may be put out.
Residents may put out more than one container with no additional charge.
Yard waste is currently being collected for composting.
Compost is a dark, crumbly and earthy smelling form of
decomposing organic matter. Composting is the most practical
and convenient way to handle your yard waste. In July 1990,
waste was banned from Illinois landfills. Yard
waste now goes to compost sites.
Yard waste raked or blown illegally into the street will
clog storm drains and cause
standing water and flooding
All yard waste must be put into
approved type paper bags or marked reusable containers
clearly marked "yard waste" (stickers
are available at City Hall). Proper containers for yard
waste are "kraft" type paperbags and 30 gallon plastic
metal garbage cans with holes punched in sides and bottom
Yard waste should be placed where your normal garbage
is picked up. Yard waste pick up is scheduled to begin
around the first of April depending on the weather
continues through the first of December. If you have any
call your Public Works Department at
Another option to bagging grass clippings is to leave
them on the lawn. After all, lawn care is hard work, and
bagging your lawn is one of the most time consuming parts
of the job. Since grass clippings make up the majority
of yard waste, leaving these clippings on the lawn can
save you time and money.
Help the environment. Help your lawn. Grass clippings
provide food for your lawn
as they decompose. Using grass
clippings as mulch in your garden helps control weeds.
Grass clippings provide high levels of moisture, reduce
water evaporation and promote better growth by keeping
the soil temperature cooler.
Successfully recycling grass clippings back into your
lawn requires only the kind
of attention all lawns should
have on a regular basis:
- Mow when your grass is dry and
3" to 4" tall.
- Use sharp mower blades.
- Avoid over-fertilizing your lawn.
- Limit the use of lawn chemicals.
- Rake your clippings every 3rd mowing and use them as
mulch for your garden.
No Burning Ordinance
By ordinance there is no burning allowed in the City of
Please be reminded that the new chipping policy is now in effect.
For residents who trim their own trees, the City of Zion Public Works Department will chip branches twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall.
Please check the Schedules section for more information.
Professional Tree Service
Keep in mind that if you hire a
tree service to cut or trim your trees,
they are responsible for taking away the entire tree, including the branches.