Garbage & Recycling Guidelines

The Princeton Street & Sanitation Department picks up garbage and recycling from all paying residential addresses each week, Monday through Friday with the exception of city holidays.
To identify which day during the week garbage/recycling pickup is scheduled for your location, please refer to our Garbage/Recycling Pick-Up Schedule & Routes Map.

Details & Restrictions:
  • Each residence must use the 65 gallon or 95 gallon provided by the City for garbage. **No other can will be allowed**
  • If recycling, you must use the tote provided by the city. **No other can will be allowed**
  • City garbage crews do not accept demolition materials, electronics or white goods (ie. stove, dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator, etc.)
  • Garbage stickers are required for accepted bulk items and extra containers.
  • Stickers can be purchased for $2.00 each at City Hall, Neighborhood Ace Hardware, and Sullivan's Foods.

Arrangements for large amounts of garbage may be made by calling the Street & Sanitation Department at 815-872-7331.
How many Garbage Stickers do I need?
Garbage Item Tickets Required
Extra Garbage container weighing less than 50lbs 1 Sticker
Small Furniture (Table, Bookshelf, wooden chair, etc.) 1 Sticker
Mattress or Box Spring 2 Stickers
Stuffed Furniture 3 Stickers
Small room of Carpet rolled up in 4ft sections 4 Stickers
Recycling Information
recycling_imageRecycling must be placed in the tote provided by the city. No other tote will be allowed as the new truck will not be able to pick them up.

The drive through recycling center on N Euclid Ave was closed in April 2018 and moved out to 1530 Peggy Lane. Do not dump garbage or electronics here.
What can be recycled?
  • Milk, juice, broth, soup & other food & drink cartons
  • Aluminum & other metal cans
  • Plastic #’s - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 7
  • Glass bottles & jars – leave lids on
  • Newspapers & phonebooks
  • Paperboard boxes & corrugated cardboard
  • File folders, paper, magazines, catalogs, regular & junk mail

**Items not accepted for recycling:
  • Window, plate or mirror glass
  • Ceramic & pottery
  • Light bulbs
  • Drinking glasses
  • Styrofoam
  • Electronic waste – computers, tv’s, monitors, batteries…
  • Pizza boxes
  • Medical waste – needles, syringes
  • #6 recycling emblem items
  • Plastic bags of any type
Due to state laws, electronics can NOT be put into the garbage and must be recycled. Local options include Eagle Enterprises 888-932-2936 in Galva, IL. A complete list of electronics no longer accepted for disposal is available below.

AFTER HOURS *Emergency Phone for Electric, Water & Sewer Services 815-879-8066.
Holiday Garbage/Recycling Schedule

If your regular day is affected by one of the following holidays, please put both garbage and recycling out by 5:30am on the alternate date.

Date Holiday Alternate Date
Mon., February 19, 2024 Presidents Day February 20, 2024
Mon., May 27, 2024 Memorial Day May 28, 2024
Thur., July 4, 2024 Independence Day July 5, 2024
Mon., September 2, 2024 Labor Day September 3, 2024
Mon., November 11, 2024 Veteran's Day November 12, 2024
Thu., November 28, 2024 Thanksgiving Day December 2, 2024
Fri., November 29, 2024 Day after Thanksgiving December 3, 2024
Tues., December 24, 2024 Christmas Holiday - 1/2 day Normal, but early schedule
Wed., December 25, 2024 Christmas Holiday December 26, 2024
Tues., December 31, 2024 New Year's Holiday - 1/2 day Normal, but early schedule
Wed., January 1, 2025 New Year's Holiday January 2, 2025
When are Clean Up Days?
****** NO CLEAN UP DAYS IN 2024******
How do I safely dispose of medical "sharps," such as medical needles or syringes?

Illinois Sharps Legislation

S.B. 793, signed July 20 (Public Act 99-0082) addresses the disposal of "sharps," including hypodermic, intravenous or other medical needles or syringes. The new law bars consumers from disposing of sharps together with other recyclable material intended for a residential or commercial hauler. The law also authorizes state agencies, local units of government and businesses to establish sharps disposal programs.

Visit for more information regarding the proper disposal of medical "sharps".

Can I throw out my old electronics with my weekly garbage?
Due to Illinois State Law, the following electronics can not be put in the garbage:
Televisions Monitors
Printers Computers & Tablets
Electronic Keyboards Fax Machines
VHS Recorders iPods/MP3 Players
DVD Player/Recorder Video Game Consoles
Small Scale Servers Scanners
Electronic Mice Digital Converter
Cable Receivers Satellite Receivers is a valuable resource for those seeking assistence with hard to recycle items, including a zipcode based search system to help identify and locate resources and facilities to help properly recycle such items.

The following companies will accept old electronics for recycling or proper disposal: