Garbage & Recycling

Waste Management Program

Homewood Disposal Service (HDS) provides refuse service for the City of Oak Forest.  This program includes trash (weekly), landscape waste (April-November) and recycling (every two weeks).  View Homewood Disposal's pickup and holiday schedules.  

Yard Waste Pick-up - April 1 through November 30

Yard waste can be placed curbside on your scheduled garbage day. Yard waste includes grass clippings, leaves, branches, etc. (no dirt or rock). Branches should be cut into 3- to 4-foot lengths and be no wider than 6 inches in diameter. Read more about yard waste disposal.

Place yard waste in brown paper yard waste bags, reasonable-sized bundles tied with twine or string, or an HDS yard waste cart. If you don't have one, you can rent 95-gallon wheeled yard waste carts from HDS. 

"Yard waste only" stickers are only needed when your regular 35-gallon garbage cart is used only for yard waste. Stickers are available at the Clerk's Office in City Hall.

Garbage Container Code

A garbage container shall be kept in the rear of a principal building on a lot, except when it is necessary to place in the parkway for garbage collection. It shall be placed in the parkway not prior to 6 p.m. on the day preceding collections and shall be removed from the parkway not later than 9 p.m. on the day of collection (Per code 1060.03).  

Basic Recycling is Better Recycling

Recycling is becoming more highly contaminated with non-recyclable garbage than ever before. 

2018_Residential_Recycling_Guide_150p Opens in new windowClick the image to view and download the Curbside Recycling flier from Homewood Disposal Service for a complete list of accepted and non-accepted items. 

 Quick Tips
  • Please do not put recyclables in plastic grocery bags
  • Leave your bottle caps on empty bottles
  • Please gently rinse or wipe your containers
Click here for more information on how you can be part of a successful community recycling program!

Electronics Recycling

The Illinois Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act went into effect January 1, 2012. Homewood Disposal, and all waste haulers, are no longer able to accept many electronics in residential curbside waste programs.

Homewood Disposal and the City of Oak Forest have developed an e-waste recycling solution for the residents of Oak Forest. Current residential customers can schedule a pickup online or by phone for the items listed below. Then, simply place your electronics at the curb on your regular pickup day.  Electronics that are placed curbside without scheduling, will not be removed. Each address has a limit of two televisions or computer monitors per year. This program is for residents who are included under the city contract.


Call 708-798-1004 or Submit an Online Request


  • Televisions
  • Monitors
  • Printers
  • Computers (desktop, laptop, notebook, & tablet)
  • Electronic Keyboards
  • Facsimile Machines
  • Videocassette Recorders
  • Portable Digital Music Players
  • Digital Video Disc Player
  • Video Game Consoles
  • Small Scale Servers
  • Scanners
  • Electronic Mice
  • Digital Converter Boxes
  • Cable Receivers
  • Satellite Receivers
  • Digital Video Disc Recorders

Flood Disposal

For those residents who have experienced flooding in their homes, Homewood Disposal will collect all carpeting placed at the curb, provided the carpeting is bundled in segments no more than four feet in length, two feet wide and weighing no more than 50 pounds. Collection of the carpet will occur on a resident's regularly scheduled garbage day. As a reminder, the city has unlimited garbage collection. Residents are asked to continue to use containers up to 32 gallons in capacity and 50 pounds in weight or one of the city-issued garbage carts. Furniture and appliances are included in the normal collection.

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal

The closest Household Hazardous Waste drop-off facility is located at 156 Fort Hill Drive in Naperville, IL 60540. The facility is open Saturdays and Sundays (excluding holidays), from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. No material may be dropped off at any other time. For a full list of accepted items and procedures, please visit the Naperville Household Hazardous Waste page.  

Latex Paint is Not Hazardous

Please note that latex paint is not a hazardous material. To discard leftover latex paint in the trash, it must first be hardened. Leave the lid off, or to expedite the process, add an absorbent such as cat litter, oil dry or saw dust. Once the liquid paint is absorbed, place the can in the garbage with the lid off so the driver can tell that the paint is dry.