Refuse & Recycling Services

The Village contracts with Advanced Disposal to provide refuse, recycling, landscape waste, and organic collection for all single-family and many multi-family properties. The Village’s current contract with Advanced Disposal can be found here.

COVID-19 Updates

Electronics Recycling

The Electronics Recycling program resumed with events taking place on the first Tuesday (7am-3pm) and first Saturday (9am-noon) of each month. For the safety of staff and attendees, the following protocols have been put in place:

  • The event will be contactless, and residents will be responsible for removing items from their vehicles. 
  • Residents will be asked to put smaller electronics directly into the dumpster. 
  • Advanced Disposal and Village staff will not remove items from resident’s vehicles. 
  • Residents needing assistance removing electronics from their vehicles are asked to have a member of their household with them to help.
  • Residents with larger electronics will be directed where to place them for staff to collect afterwards. 
  • Residents are asked to not enter the vehicle service bays or office at the Fleet Maintenance Garage.

See what can and can’t be recycled here. Note that electronics cannot be disposed of in your regular trash or recycling.

Northfield Township Recycling Program

Northfield Township’s recycling program has resumed on weekdays from 7am-3pm, excluding holidays, through October 30 at the Road District garage (237 Melvin Drive). Find more information and a list of accepted items at Please note that events will be contactless and they cannot accept TVs or computer monitors. October 24 will be the only household chemical waste recycling date for the year

Advanced Disposal Updates

Bulk Item Collection

Bulk item collection has resumed. To help ease this process, Advanced Disposal asks that residents who have bulk items refrain from putting out large piles.

Residents can place out one bulk item for free collection each week, which will be picked up on your regular collection day. If you put a mattress out for collection, it must be covered in plastic or with a mattress disposal kit. The following are not considered bulk items and will not be picked up by Advanced Disposal as such: electronics (TVs, printers, etc.), construction debris, landscape waste, concrete, stone, dirt, large automobile parts, liquid waste, or tree stumps

General Collection Changes

  • All refuse and recycling must be placed in the company designated cart or a can with handles (only if you do not have a cart). Loose items and stickered bags or items outside of the container will not be collected.
  • If you put a mattress out for collection, it must be covered in plastic or with a mattress disposal kit.

Contacting Advanced

For missed pickups, service requests, issues, or to setup an account, contact Advanced Disposal during their regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at 847-272-4145 or by email at

Residents may contact the Village regarding concerns via GONorthbrook.

Refuse Container Sizes and Rates

Residents can select a 35, 65, or 95-gallon refuse container to best suit their household’s needs. Residents who select a 95-gallon container can dispose of one bulk item, one yard of building material, four rolls of carpet, or four extra refuse bags per week for no additional cost. If disposing of a mattress, it must be covered in plastic or with a mattress disposal kit. Residents who select a 35 or 65-gallon container can dispose of one bulk item per week at no additional cost; all other items (including extra refuse) require stickers.

Residents can switch container sizes free of charge until November 1. After November 1, 2018, residents can change container sizes once every twelve months free of charge. Additional container swaps will cost $25. 

Service rates listed below are effective September 1, 2019 to September 1, 2020; two percent annual rate increases occur every other year beginning September 1, 2019.  Residents are billed for services quarterly. 

Refuse Cart SizeMonthly Rate
Curbside - 1x/week
35-gal (senior discount)$13.55
65-gal (senior discount)$14.46
95-gal (senior discount)$15.57
Backdoor - 1x/week
35-gal (senior discount)$25.28
65-gal (senior discount)$26.19
95-gal (senior discount)$27.11
Curbside - 2x/week
35-gal (senior discount)$22.45
65-gal (senior discount)$23.37
95-gal (senior discount)$24.29
Backdoor - 2x/week
35-gal (senior discount)$32.11
65-gal (senior discount)$33.03
95-gal (senior discount)$33.95

Recycling Program

Residents can use a personal container or select a 65 or 95-gallon recycling container, regardless of the selected refuse cart size. Additional recycling carts are available for rent for $2.02/month.

Advanced Disposal’s single stream recycling program accepts common household items like paper, metal, most plastics, and glass. Review Advanced Disposal’s guidelines for what can and cannot be recycled. Under State law, Advanced cannot collect certain items. Use the "How Do I Recycle This?" guide to learn how to recycle items not collected by Advanced, including electronics. 

Electronics Recycling

Electronics are accepted at the Fleet Garage behind Village Hall (1227 Cedar) on the first Tuesday and Saturday of each month. Tuesday hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to noon. Electronics cannot be disposed of in your regular trash or recycling.

Textile Recycling

The Village contracts with Simple Recycling to provide free year-round curbside textile recycling to single-family homes. Simple Recycling follows the same route and holiday schedule as Advanced Disposal. Visit Simple Recycling’s website or call 866-835-5068 to request collection bags or learn what items can be recycled. 

Northfield Township Road District 

The Northfield Township Road District offers additional recycling opportunities, paper shredding events, and a household hazardous waste program. The Township’s garage is located at 237 Melvin Drive. Learn more at the Northfield Township Road District’s website.

Compost and Yard Waste Collection

Subscription Program

Residents can select a year-round subscription for a 35-gallon ($122.40/year) or 65-gallon ($142.80/year) container. With the subscription, Advanced Disposal will collect unlimited yard waste and compost weekly from April 1 - November 30 and every other week from December 1 - March 31. Collections take place on the same day as normal refuse collection. Subscribers can place overflow yard waste and organics in plastic/metal containers or Kraft-type bags for no extra charge. No prepaid disposal stickers are required for subscribers. 

Sticker Program

Residents not interested in the subscription service can dispose of compost and yard waste from April 1 - November 30 using plastic/metal containers or Kraft-type bags and prepaid disposal stickers. Stickers are $2.08 each and available at Village Hall and local grocery and home/garden stores.

Residents using plastic/metal containers must label each container as ’YARD WASTE ONLY’. Free labels are available at Village Hall and Advanced Disposal’s Transfer Station (2800 Shermer Road).

What to Compost

Acceptable Compost Items - ’Organics’:

  • Fruits & vegetables (cooked or raw) - including unpainted holiday pumpkins
  • Dairy & eggs including egg shells - no liquids
  • Breads, grains, pasta, and cereal (cooked or raw, non-meat sauce is okay)
  • Coffee grounds & filters, teabags
  • Food-soiled paper bags, newspaper, paper towels, pizza boxes, and uncoated paper plates

Unacceptable Items:

  • Meat, poultry, and seafood
  • Bones and seafood shells
  • Fats, grease, and oil
  • Service ware (even if marked compostable)
  • Liquids
  • Pet waste and litter
  • Packaging
  • Plastics, Styrofoam, glass, metal, diapers, and other garbage

Learn more about composting and view the December 15, 2019 - March 31, 2020 subscription pick-up schedule here.

Residents choosing to compost are encouraged to use a plastic or metal container instead of the Kraft-type bags. This will reduce the possibility of attracting wildlife. 

Collection Information

Use the Know Your Neighborhood Tool to check your assigned collection day(s). Collection days are listed under "Local Services."

Pick-ups take place between 6:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Containers must be out before 6:30 a.m. For backdoor service, make sure containers are outside and accessible (i.e. any gates are unlocked, etc.). Residents may place containers outside up to 12 hours before collection and must return containers to the rear or side of the home within 12 hours of pickup.

Sharps Disposal

Sharps and used needles can be placed next to your refuse bin on your regularly scheduled garbage pick up day in a securely taped or closed milk jug, laundry detergent jug, or sharps container. In addition, the container must be clearly marked "Sharps" with a dark permanent marker. For questions on sharps disposal, contact the Village Manager's Office at 847-664-4010. 

Holiday Collection

During the weeks when News Years Day, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day fall, service will be delayed by one day for residents with normal collections following the holiday. For example, if New Years Day falls on a Tuesday, collections be delayed one day that week for all customers who receive their service Tuesday through Friday.

Senior Discount

Advanced Disposal offers a 10% discount to customers over the age of 65. The senior citizen discount is available to qualifying customers who request the discount. Contact Advanced Disposal at 847-272-4145 or email to sign up.

Hardship Program

Residents who are physically unable to bring containers to the curb and do not live with someone who can bring containers to the curb may apply for the hardship program. Hardship customers receive weekly backdoor service at the weekly curbside rate. The program applies to both refuse and recycling. To apply, residents can contact the Village Manager’s office at 847-664-4010. The Village will review each request on a case-by-case basis.