New Refuse, Recycling and Yard-Waste Hauler

The City of Des Plaines is excited to announce that Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS) will become the City’s new waste and recycling hauler, starting on March 1, 2021. Residents will continue to have the same scheduled service day and continue to pay the same amount.

3/1/21 UPDATE:

LRS crews worked through the weekend (2/27 and 2/28) delivering thousands of carts to residents. LRS will continue delivering carts as quickly as possible over the next few days. Drivers will be collecting all loose bags and servicing personal carts until all carts are delivered. 

There have been a few isolated customers that requested a larger recycling cart and have not received them yet. These customers at a minimum will receive the default 65 gallon recycling cart and will receive the larger cart within the next two weeks.

The extreme winter weather that hit Texas and much of the U.S. impacted deliveries and put us behind schedule. We recognize that not having a cart to place your garbage is not ideal. We ask for your patience and understanding. Rolling out a new service and collecting and delivering 32,000 carts (2 per customer) is a big effort, and the historic Polar Vortex unfortunately created some unexpected delays.


Please note that LRS Carts are both BLUE. Trash carts are indicated with "Landfill Only" on the lid. Recycling carts have a lighter blue lid and have a sticker with recyclable materials.  






Some other updates:
- If your neighbors got a cart and you did not, it’s likely that you requested a different size (rather than the default cart). Those will be delivered on another truck.
- If you received carts that are the wrong size and/or there are defects or other issues, you can reach out to LRS directly by dialing 844.NEED.LRS or by emailing them at
- If your Republic/Arc carts have not been picked up, please leave them on the curb. Republic will be picking those up soon.


What You Need to Know:

  • You will receive a new LRS 95-gallon garbage cart and a 65-gallon recycling cart the last week of February (unless you requested a different size through LRS).
  • Your Republic carts will be removed the last week of February. Please remember to leave them on your parkway after your last service with Republic.
  • LRS will bill directly for these services on a quarterly basis beginning in April 2021 (instead of the City’s bi-monthly utility bill).

More Information:

Visit the LRS City of Des Plaines Waste, Recycling and Yard Waste Collection Program website at

Download the printable version of the LRS Mailer to all Des Plaines residents.

Read the Jan. 2021 Utility Bill Insert from Public Works & Engineering.

Looking for more information? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact LRS directly. 

Call: 844.NEED.LRS