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 Streets & Sanitation:  Sanitation


The Bureau of Sanitation implements waste management programs for business and residents. Specific activities include: 

  • Collecting residential garbage;

  • Operating the City’s Blue Cart Recycling Program;

  • Providing technical assistance and support for the City’s recycling initiatives;

  • Providing assistance for the development of city-wide waste reduction and management programs and policies; and

  • Coordinating street sweeping efforts for city main streets and side street

2019 Dates of Non-Scheduled Garbage Collection

Non-Scheduled Dates for Garbage Collection.


Check Status of Sanitation Code Violation Service Request

Check status of your Sanitation Code Violation Service Request.


Division and Sanitation Offices

The Bureau of Sanitation has District and Ward Sanitation Offices

throughout the city responsible for coordinating local garbage

pick-up, sanitation code enforcement, snow removal operations

and other services. District and ward superintendents monitor

their sections of the city for any non-sanitation bureau services

that might be needed, reporting these to the appropriate bureau

or outside agency for attention.


Garage, Yard & Apartment Sale Permit, Sanitation

Chicagoans planning to hold garage, yard and apartment sales

can obtain their required permits at any of the city's 50 Aldermanic

ward offices. Locations of these ward offices can also be obtained

by calling the city's 311 non-emergency number.


Garbage Collection

The City of Chicago has implemented the grid garbage collection system citywide.

Grid Garbage Collection

Information regarding the Grid Garbage Collection System

Litter, Trash, Garbage

Littering is a serious problem in Chicago. The City spends millions of dollars each year to clean-up litter.

Refuse Containers or Garbage Carts

All residential garbage is placed in plastic, lidded 96-gallon garbage carts often referred to as super carts supplied free to Chicagoans.

Residential Garbage Collection

The City of Chicago has implemented the grid garbage collection system citywide. Streets & Sanitation collects Chicago's residential waste. Our crews service some 600,000 homes weekly.

Sanitation Code Violation

Chicago's sanitation code is a series of municipal ordinances that require cleanliness and the safe disposal of all trash and debris.

As part of the 2012 Budget, the City of Chicago transitioned to a grid-based garbage collection system that has increased efficiency and will save over $20 million in operation costs. Please use the interactive map below to determine your garbage pickup day.


Please note: garbage collection days vary following snowfall. Streets & Sanitation will not empty garbage carts if they are not accessible due to obstructions (including snow).

If your garbage carts are stuck to the pavement with ice, please make your best effort to free the carts. If Sanitation workers are unable to lift the carts, they will not remove the garbage. Residences that receive garbage collection services provided by the Department of Streets and Sanitation will begin paying a garbage service fee of $9.50 per month per dwelling unit.

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