Refuse, Recycling, and Landscape Waste

Arlington Heights Solid Waste Program is provided by Groot, the Village's contracted waste hauler. A new Groot contract starts April 1, 2021. Please review general information about the Village's 2021-22 solid waste program by viewing the Groot brochure.  

The Village is divided into 4 quadrants for collection. As of  April 1, 2021 refuse, recycling and landscape waste will all be collected on the same day. Refuse carts and recycling carts are to be used for collection services. For more information. contact Groot at 800.244.1977, or email them at vah@groot.com.








Rates, Services & Discounts

Solid waste collection rates for 2021 - 2022 are listed below. Quarterly bills will be sent to residences prior to each billing period. Payment is due the first day of the second month of the thee-month billing period. To pay bills online, register at www.groot.com.  To change your service or add a service, please call Groot at 800.244.1977.

Curbside Service -$17.30 monthly
Backdoor Service - $28.81 monthly

Backdoor collection is an option that offers several advantages, including not having to carry refuse to the street; and not have to rely on neighbors to move your refuse cart if you are out of town for a few days. Backdoor service does not apply to recycling or landscape waste collection, unless you are 65 or older or disabled, then recycling will be collected at the backdoor. Call Groot to subscribe to backdoor service at 800.244.1977.

Curbside Service for Seniors - $14.71 monthly 
Backdoor Service for Seniors - $24.49 monthly

Single-family households where the head of the household is age 65 or older, are eligible for a discounted collection rate. This discount does not include landscape waste stickers, the landscape waste subscription programs, or the Special Collection rate. Call the Arlington Heights Senior Center for application details at 847.253.5532.  If your household is already registered for this discount, there is no need to re-apply. Online application for the Senior Citizen Refuse Discount. 

Curbside Service for Low income/Disabled - $8.65 monthly
Backdoor Service for Low income/Disabled - $14.41 monthly

If your household income is less than $16,000 per year, persons with disabilities and those over 65 years of age are eligible for a discount. The discount does not apply to landscape waste stickers, the landscape waste subscription programs, or the Special Collection rate.  Contact the Village's Disability Services Coordinator regarding an application at 847.368.5793.

Curbside Service for Active Military - $15.57
Backdoor Service for Active Military - $25.93

Groot will provide a refuse discount for all households that apply for and are approved for the Active Military Refuse Discount. The discount is available for residences with a family member that normally lives in the home is in full-time military service or is a Guard/Reservist that is actively deployed. Online application for the Military Refuse Discount.

Landscape Waste
Landscape Waste collection season will be April 1 through December 14. Landscape waster sticker per bag or bundle cost: $2.45 per sticker.

2:1 Leaves Program
From October 14 through December 14, a 2:1 landscape waste program is held whereby residents can place bags of landscape waste or bundles at the curb and only place one sticker per two bags, or per two bundles.

Remodeling Refuse
Rate per cubic yard, in excess of one cubic yard cost: $15.00

Electronic Recycling
Two (2) electronic items collected from the curb each week at no additional fee. Residents must schedule collection with Groot by calling 800.244.1977. Cathode-ray tube (CRT) televisions in excess of 50 pounds will require an additional charge of $50 per unit.

Additional Refuse/Recycling Cart Rental
$5.00 monthly

Optional Program: Food Waste Composting
Arlington Heights residents may choose to participate in a food waste composting subscription program through Groot. The season runs from April 1 - Dec. 14th and includes either a 95 gallon option for $164.28/season or a 65 gallon option for $148.80/season. Residents interested in participating must subscribe for service through their Groot account. 

Electronics Ban & Hazardous Household Waste

Certain items are prohibited from being disposed of in landfills. Groot will collect, at the curb, up to 2 electronic items per week at no additional fee. To schedule a curbside collection of electronics, call Groot at 800.244.1977.

For other options regarding electronics and hazardous household waste, check out the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County, or call them at 847.724.9205.

Refuse & Recycling Carts

All refuse and recyclables must be placed in carts provided by Groot. The sizes for a refuse cart and a recycling cart are 35-gallon, 65-gallon or 95-gallon. If you are in need of carts, or if you would like to exchange the size of your carts, please contact Groot at 800.244.1977.

Cart Placement
Do not place carts in the street. Place carts 10 feet from parkway trees and mailboxes and 4 feet from other carts. Carts must be removed from the curb no later than 8 a.m. the day after collection. Carts may not be stored in the front yard.

Refuse Cart Program
Groot provides each residence with a refuse cart. Bags or disposable containers of refuse that do not fit in the refuse cart may be placed next to the refuse cart for collection. 

 

Service Interruption

If you will be on vacation for 30 days or more, please call Groot to interrupt your service before you leave. There will be no charge for service while you are gone if you have called prior to leaving. 

Single Sort Recycling Program

Unlimited recyclable materials are collected on your primary day of service. Materials do not need to be separated. Please review a list of recyclable items and how to prepare them for pick up.  A few reminders for recycling...

  • Do not place plastic bags in your recycling cart or use silver duct tape
  • Place all recyclable materials into your recycling cart
  • Flatten all corrugated cardboard boxes and paperboard/chipboard in 2'x2' sections, and remove any non-paper packing material
  • Materials that exceed cart capacity may be placed in a paper bag beside the cart
  • Contact Groot to replace a damaged or lost cart

Where to Purchase Landscape Waste Stickers
  • Arlington Heights Senior Center 
    1801 W. Central Road, Arlington Heights
  • Jewel
    122 Vail, Arlington Heights
  • Jewel
    440 Rand Road, Arlington Heights
  • Jewel
    1860 Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights
  • Jewel
    333 Euclid, Mt. Prospect
  • Jewel
    3000 Kirchoff Road, Rolling Meadows
  • Lowe's
    990 W. Algonquin Road, Arlington Heights
  • Mariano's Fresh Market
    802 E. Northwest Highway, Arlington Heights
  • Mariano's Fresh Market
    545 N. Hicks Road, Palatine
  • Neradt Ace Hardware
    1753 W. Golf Road, Mt. Prospect
  • Sherwin Ace Hardware
    1705 Campbell, Arlington Heights
  • Tony's Finer Foods
    1241 N Rand Road, Prospect Heights
  • Village of Arlington Heights
    33 S. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights

  • Walgreen's #9246
    1000 Northwest Highway, Arlington Heights
  • Walgreen's #39
    235 Palatine Road, Arlington Heights

White Goods
Groot will collect refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, washers, dryers, dishwashers, hot water tanks, dehumidifiers and other white goods once a week at no extra cost. Residents must call Groot at 800.244.1977 to schedule a collection of white goods. Items should not be placed at the curb until the evening before the scheduled collection.