Garbage & Recycling Collection

On August 1, 2004, the Village of Glenwood implemented a Village-wide refuse collection and recycling program for single-family homes and two-flats through a contract agreement with Homewood Disposal Service, Inc.  By selecting one disposal service for all single-family and two-flat residential units for this basic service, the Village was able to obtain a reduced price.  As described in more detail below, the collection of yard waste and other services such as garbage cart rental will be based on a user pay system that will allow each homeowner to purchase only the additional services they need directly from Homewood Disposal at favorable prices.

The contract does NOT cover large amounts of construction debris and certain other types of waste.  Details of what can and cannot be disposed of are spelled out below.  If you have any questions, please call Homewood Disposal at 708-798-1004.  In order to have your questions answered correctly, please identify yourself as a Glenwood resident.  If you have any questions that Homewood Disposal cannot answer, please call the Village Hall at 708-753-2400.

In order to create a flexible program that meets the needs of all the Village's residents, any additional services you may require, including yard waste cart rental or garbage cart rental will be billed directly to you by Homewood Disposal. This bill is paid directly to them.

The garbage pickup fee is included on your bi-monthly water bill.  This can be paid by mail or in person at the Village hall during normal business hours.  Outside normal business hours, you may leave your payment in the lock box located at the curbside dropbox near the main entrance of  Village Hall.  

Your refuse will be picked up every Tuesday.  All refuse must be at the curb by 6:30 a.m. and no sooner than 5:00 p.m. on the day before usual and customary scheduled garbage pick-up days. All garbage containers must be removed by 5:00 p.m. on the day following garbage pick-up unless garbage has not been removed by the garbage collector. A separate truck will pick up recyclable material on the same day as the household waste.  

There are six holidays each year that may affect your pickup; New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.  If your pickup falls on or after these holidays, your pickup will be delayed one day for that week only.  *If the holiday falls on a Sunday, it will be observed that Monday. See more details below.

Homewood Disposal will be closed the following holidays 

New Years Day (observed)
We will be closed. All pickups will be delayed one day for this week only.
Memorial Day
We will be closed.   All pickups will be delayed one day for this week only.
Independence Day
We will be closed.   Monday pick up is on schedule. Tuesday-Friday pickups will be delayed one day for this week only.
Labor Day
We will be closed.   All pickups will be delayed one day for this week only.
Thanksgiving Day
We will be closed.   Monday-Wednesday pickups will be on schedule this week. Thursday and Friday pickups will be delayed one day for this week only.
Christmas Day
We will be closed Monday, December 25th. All pickups will be delayed one day for this week only.

Homewood Disposal will be open on the following holidays:

Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Presidents Day
Columbus Day
Veterans Day Observed

Click here to view Homewood Disposal's recycling guidelines 


Homewood Disposal will NOT take hazardous materials such as automotive batteries, explosives or volatile wastes, flammables, unhardened paint, paint thinners and varnishes, acids, pesticides, used motor oil, or any other toxic or hazardous material.  The IEPA periodically holds hazardous waste disposal days to take these kinds of materials.  Please see the EPA website for more information.  

Pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) are a growing concern in the recycling/disposal community. It has been found that pharmaceuticals are surviving water treatment facilities and making their way into drinking water. The EPA has asked people to stop flushing unwanted medications down the drain. The Village of Glenwood is part of the Cook County Sheriff's Office Prescription Drug Take Back Program.  Unused or expired prescription medication can be brought to Village Hall and disposed of in the drop box. Check Village Hall hours for drop off times. Click here to view a list of drop off locations in Cook County.

There will be no additional charge for these items; however, for safety reasons please remove all doors before placement at the curb.  Limited to one item per week.