Park Ridge Recycling Program
The city's recycling program is paid for through the property tax. Residents are provided one 65-gallon wheeled cart from Groot Industries for recycling at curbside or alley. Recycling carts are available in two sizes: 65 and 35 gallons. Residents may request an alternate size cart (95, 65, or 32) for exchange.
Residents wishing an alternate size cart should Groot Industries directly at 800/244-1977. There is no cost to the resident to exchange carts. However, carts may only be exchanged once in a 12-month period.
Additional recycling carts are available from Groot.. To obtain an additional cart, contact Groot at 800/244-1977.
All approved recyclables can be placed in the same recycling cart; materials do not need to be separated. Recycling placed out at the curb or in the alley in containers other than the wheeled carts will not be collected. The occasional overflow recycling may be placed in paper bags and placed adjacent to the filled cart for collection.
Do not place your address on the cart. Each cart is imprinted with its own serial number that can be recorded. The carts remain the property of Groot Industries and are to be left at the residence when an owner vacates the property.
The following materials are approved for recycling:
Aluminum - Rinsed beverage cans or formed aluminum trays. Crushing is optional.
Steel (tin) cans - Food, beverage, candy, cookie tins, empty aerosol cans, except paint. No food residuals or plastic caps are allowed. Metal lids, caps and rings are permitted.
Glass bottles and jars - Green, brown and clear glass only. Remove lid, ring and cap. Recycle if these are metal. Rinse, do not break.
Newspapers - Inserts found in newspapers are acceptable. No ties or plastic bags allowed.
Mixed paper – Junk mail (no envelopes with wax paper windows), magazines, brown paper grocery bags, phone books, catalogs, note, typing and computer printout paper, cereal boxes (without inner wax paper), gift boxes and small boxes (unwaxed), corrugated cardboard (no larger than 3' x 3'). No plastic wrap or waxed paper.
Plastic – Milk, pop and water jugs, colored or clear plastic necked laundry, bath products, anti-freeze, windshield washers, any plastic bottles with necks, paper food cartons, plastic pop rings. Remove caps and rinse (crushing optional). Plastic Bags are not recyclable thru the city program.
Furniture will be picked up by Groot on your regular garbage day.
"White Goods" – Appliances - Stoves, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, humidifiers, dryers, dehumidifiers, dishwashers, furnaces, etc. by law require special handling. Please call Groot Industries at 800/244-1977 for current pricing and to arrange for pickup.
Holidays observed for recycling/garbage pick up are: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Normal pick up is delayed one day for these holidays.
Call the Public Works Department at 847-318-5228 or 847-318-5240