Refuse & Recycling

Things to Keep in Mind for Better Refuse Service


Republic Services is contracted to be in town between the hours of 7:00 am and 7:00 pm on Tuesdays. To avoid being missed make sure that your trash is out on Monday. Due to vacations, illness, equipment breakdown, etc., Republic may not always arrive at your home at the same time each week, please be prepared and please be patient. You may place your cans out no earlier than 9:00 a.m. on Mondays, and they must be brought in no later than 9:00 a.m. on Wednesdays. 


Republic Services also offers year-round curbside pickup of recyclables. Recyclables will be picked up every other week. No trash will be accepted in these carts. You do not need to separate paper, glass, plastic or aluminum. Republic may be contacted directly at (708) 385-8252. Click here for recycling calendar.


Republic Services has provided each Midlothian home with a large 95-gallon blue toter cart for garbage. The toter is to be placed curbside with the lid opening toward the street. Do not place the toter within three feet of a curbside mailbox or a parked car to allow for adequate space to operate the collection truck. This truck picks up all toters; these trucks are fitted with special equipment to lift and dump the toter contents into the truck. A second truck will pick up additional garbage from other containers. If you continually have excess of what fits into the toter, call Republic Services at (708) 385-8252 to request a second toter.

Large Item Pick-up

Republic Services will pick up 1 (one) large item per household per week. This includes furniture such as couches, chairs, recliners, etc. Note: If items have any metal parts or framing, they will need to be removed before placing at curb.

Street with TotersYard Waste

Between April 1st and November 30th Republic will pick up yard waste (grass clippings, leaves, twigs, etc.). It is to be placed loose in your container with the yard waste sticker affixed to the container and easily visible to the driver. Midlothian residents can call the Republic Services Customer Service Center at (708) 385-8252 to request a used cart for yard waste service while supplies last. You may also use the paper lawn bags available for purchase at most hardware and home improvement stores.

You may put out branches that you have trimmed; you must bundle them in no longer than four foot sections and pile them neatly for pickup. Keep in mind Republic is not a tree service, so be reasonable with your pile.


Your garbage pickup date only changes when the holiday falls on a Monday or Tuesday.
Republic Services uses a holiday schedule for only 6 holidays per year as follows:

  1. New Years Day
  2. Memorial Day
  3. Independence Day
  4. Labor Day
  5. Thanksgiving Day
  6. Christmas Day