Garbage / Chipper Services

Garbage/ Recycling  Information

Residential Garbage Pickup

Residential Garbage Pickup for the Entire City is on Thursday.

The City of Palos Heights has a contract with Republic Services for the collection and disposal of solid waste from all single-family residences within the corporate limits, except for condominiums and multi-unit buildings. Residents are billed on a six-month cycle. Businesses may contract a waste hauler of their choice.

Visit Republic Services online at


Waste Hauler Contract

2022 Waste Hauler Contract Amendment

Senior Discount

Senior citizens, age 65 and older, can receive a 10% discount by completing the form and sending it directly to Republic Services.


Residents have the option of a 90 gallon or 65 gallon recycling toter. Residents who require an additional toter can obtain one for a one-time charge of $25 by calling Republic’s customer service department at 708-385-8252. Recycling is picked up every other week. View the recycling calendar (PDF).

 Visit for recycling information from Republic Services.

Yard Waste

Yard Waste pick-up runs from April 1st through November 30th. Kraft paper bags of degradable material may be used in place of or in addition to the can system. Such bags, when filled, must not exceed forty-five gallons in capacity or 35 pounds, which is greater, and must be capable of being carried and loaded without breakage. Yard waste in plastic bags will not be collected.

Holidays Observed

  • Christmas Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Memorial Day
  • New Year’s Day
  • Thanksgiving Day

In the event a holiday falls on a weekday, refuse, yard waste, and recyclable collection services shall be delayed one day and picked up on Friday.

For more information or questions, please contact Republic Services at 708-385-8252 or visit the website.

Chipper Service

Begins the first week of April and ends the last week of October. The chipper truck starts Monday morning and works it way through the City. Depending on the amount of branches, it may take more than a week to make it through the entire City. Please be patient, especially in the spring or after a storm. Place branches in the parkway in front of your house with the stub end facing the street. Small branches can be placed into yard waste cans or bags to be removed by the garbage service.

Chipper Service Rules

  •  All branches must be out at 7:00am on Monday to accommodate pick-up the same week. After heavy storms or the first route of the year the chipper may take longer to make a complete cycle throughout the city.
  •  Branches should measure between 3ft. and 8ft. in length and not greater that 4 inches in diameter. 
  •  Place all branches in the parkway and not on streets or in ditches, with cut ends facing the street to aid in their removal. Improperly stacked piles (cross stacked/ or bird nest stacked) will be passed by and will not be picked up until properly restacked. 
  •  Piles of branches should be no larger than 4 ft. high and 10 ft. in length. Any branches outside of these parameters will not be collected.
  •  Branch pickup is for branches only (NOT entire Trees or Roots) and for branches cut down by residents NOT Tree cutting companies. If you have a tree cut down, the Tree service must remove branches/logs. We do not have the resources or equipment to pick up logs, stumps, or branches more than 6 inches in diameter. 
  • Your regular refuse company should pick up all other yard waste such as weeds, flowers, grass etc. Do not mix yard waste with branches because it will cause it to not be removed and you will be responsible for disposal. NO roots attached/unattached.        
  •  Branches should be placed in the right of way from April-October. 

Recycling Information and Other Recycling Options

  • City Hall and Lake Katherine have recycling bins for ink cartridges, cell phones, and eye glasses.
  • Lake Katherine has recycling bins for paper/cardboard; cans, glass and bottles; clothing; and textiles.
  • Old and unused prescription and non-prescription drugs can be dropped off in the disposal box at City Hall.
  • Visit for recycling information from Republic Services.
  • Visit Earth911 to find recycling locations near you for specific products.

Hard-to-Dispose Items

Thank you for your recycling efforts. Should you have any questions or need further information, please contact the City of Palos Heights at 708.361.1806, or Republic Services at 708.385.8252.
  1. Household Electronics
  2. Household Hazardous Waste
  3. Compact Fluorescent bulbs

Household Electronics

The City of Palos Heights has 2 E-Waste Collection Days per year Spring/Fall. 
  • Printers
  • Computers (Laptop, Notebook, Netbook, Tablet)
  • Digital Converter Boxes
  • Digital Video Disc Players
  • Digital Video Disc Recorders
  • Electronic Keyboards 
  • Electronic Mice
  • Facsimile Machines
  • Monitors
  • Portable Digital Music Players
  • Printers
  • Satellite Receivers
  • Scanners
  • Small Scale Servers
  • Televisions
  • Video Game Consoles
  • Videocassette Recorders