Each Geneva household serviced by the City’s garbage contract should have received a 65-gallon recycling cart from LRS. If your home does not have a cart, please contact LRS.

Additional (optional) recycling carts are available for a charge of $3 per month. Contact LRS for more details.

Recycling will be picked up on the same day as garbage collection.

All recyclable materials may be mixed together loosely in the recycling cart and there is no need to separate items. Please do not include plastic bags inside the recycling carts. Make sure to clean out food and juice containers prior to recycling.

The recycling guidelines poster (click to view a larger version) below represents the common items accepted in most recycling programs in Illinois. Please refer to the itemized lists on this page for LRS program specifications.

Accepted Items


  • Aluminum cans
  • Steel and tin cans
  • Gable top cartons (milk & juice containers)
  • Glass bottles & jars (clear, brown and green)
  • Soda, water, beverage bottles
  • All polyethylene terephthalate plastic containers
  • All HDPE plastic containers (detergent and fabric softener; oil excluded)
  • LDPE grocery containers (ice cream, margarine tubs, frozen dessert cups, six-pack rings, etc.)
  • PP grocery containers (yogurt cups, syrup and ketchup bottles)
  • PVC narrow neck containers (household cleaners)
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Empty paint cans (cleaned)

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Paper Fiber

  • Newspaper, including inserts
  • Cardboard
  • Magazines, catalogs, phone books
  • Mixed paper (white, color, notebook, computer paper)
  • Junk mail
  • Chip board (cereal, cake, food mix boxes; shoe boxes
  • Kraft brown paper bags
  • Carrier stock (soda & beer carrying cases
  • Paperback books (no hard cover)

Electronics Recycling

Do not include electronics in the 65-gallon recycling cart. See electronic recycling options available for Geneva.

Prohibited Items

  • Household batteries 
  • Any containers not emptied and rinsed clean
  • Motor oil, insecticide, herbicide, or hazardous chemical cleaners
  • Plastic bags (reuse or return to the grocery store)
  • Expanded foam and clear polystyrene
  • Soiled pizza boxes and other food-soiled paper

Additional Resources

People can visit the Kane County Recycles web page if they have questions on how to recycle a particular item that is not listed or not permitted as part of the City’s refuse program.