Refuse & Recycling
Effective July 1, 2023, the City of Litchfield Park will begin its new contract with WM (formerly Waste Management) for refuse/recycling services. This is the first agreement since 2016 and there are many changes.
By law, all city residents must use the city-contracted provider (WM). Commercial businesses must have a contracted provider but can select their own provider. The city included commercial businesses in our Request for Proposal (RFP), so they may use our rates as part of their contract, should they choose to use WM.
Beginning July 1, 2023, residential refuse customers will pay the following rates: $24.83 (per-month) for rolling-can customers or $44.93 (per-month) for in-ground customers. Rolling-can customers will see a rate decrease from current rates, while in-ground customers will see a rate increase from current rates.
Manual emptying of in-ground cans takes three times the amount of time to service versus the automated emptying of rolling-cans. The in-ground customer rates will now reflect the additional time and labor charges associated with servicing them. Customers choosing to switch from in-ground to rolling-cans will be provided with new containers free of charge from WM upon request. Customers may also choose to have two refuse containers instead of one refuse and one recycle. WM will swap recycling containers for an additional trash container at no cost. WM will continue to provide twice a week garbage service and once a week recycling service on the current collection schedule.
All rolling-can customers must use WM-provided containers, either 96 gallon or 65 gallon wheeled cans. Either size is the same price monthly. Other size cans or individually owned cans will not be serviced. (This does not apply to in-ground customers.) Citizens may request additional refuse or recycling cans for an additional fee through WM.
Bulk pickup will change to (six) 6 times per year, upon customer request. Items include: yard and tree clippings less than 4’ in length bundled; furniture; box springs; mattresses; carpet cut into 4’ strips; appliances (FREON MUST BE REMOVED); and, other similar items. NO tires, liquids, paint, batteries, pesticides or 55-gallon drums will be accepted.
WM will send additional information including contact information for requesting a change from in-ground or personal rolling-cans and instructions for scheduling bulk pickup in mid-June. For questions on the city refuse contract, please email Allison at email@example.com or contact City Hall at 623-935-5033.
Waste Management's first ever comprehensive recycling education and outreach campaign targeted at consumers, educators, cities and community members is now available and at your disposal. We are excited to share this with you as we believe Recycle Often. Recycle Right.SM campaign -- or RORR for short -- can be a catalyst to educate, inspire and change consumer behavior and reduce contamination.
Blue: recycle pick up on Thursday.
Orange: Recycle pick up on Monday.
Purple: trash pick up on Monday and Thursday.
Holiday Collection Schedule
Please see the 2024 WM Calendar for Holidays that affect trash and recycle pick up dates. Holidays that may be observed by the WM team servicing your residence are noted with a blue square in the calendar. If your service day falls on or after an observed holiday, your service that week may be delayed by one day. Regular service resumes the following week. The following dates are listed as holidays on the 2024 Calendar for WM service:
- New Year’s Day: January 01, 2024
- Martin Luther King Day: January 15, 2024
- Memorial Day: May 27, 2024
- Independence Day: July 04, 2024
- Labor Day: September 02, 2024
- Thanksgiving Day: November 29, 2024
- Christmas Day: December 25, 2024
Bulk Trash Pick Up Schedule
Bulk pickup can be scheduled for up to six time per year per residence with no additional fee. Bulk collection is limited to three items per event as no additional fee. Bulk collection is limited to three items per event at no additional charge. Residents needing collection of additional items or more than six pickups can arrange for an additional charge.
To schedule a bulk pickup, customers must create a My WM account at wm.com and schedule pickups online.
Live Tree Recycling
The City provides an annual live Christmas tree recycling drop off location in the parking lot west of City Hall. Residents can drop off their live trees the first Saturday in January in the designated area. Please call 623-935-5033 for additional details.