Garbage Collection Carts

April 15, 2016: The City is currently out of stock on 32-gallon garbage carts. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Naperville residents (those within the city limits) who currently receive curbside garbage collection from the city’s contractor, Waste Management, can purchase a wheeled residential garbage cart.  The dark green carts are available in three sizes:

  • Garbage Cart Photo32-gallon
    (holds approximately 2 tall kitchen bags of garbage)
  • 68-gallon
    (holds approximately 4 bags)
  • 95-gallon
    (holds approximately 6 bags)

These durable, plastic wheeled carts are designed specifically for residential customers. The garbage carts are designed to be lifted mechanically by garbage trucks. They feature a permanently attached lid, a handle that allows for easy maneuvering and have a ten-year warranty against manufacturer's defects.  They are convenient and easy to store and use. 

Do I Need a Garbage Cart?

Residents are not required to purchase a garbage cart. Participation in the cart program is completely voluntary. These carts are being offered to Naperville residents because of their convenience and ease of use. The pricing offered by the city also makes these carts an excellent value.

Oversized Garbage Cans Not Permitted
One of the provisions of the city’s residential refuse contract with Waste Management is that residents are required to use garbage containers that are 32-gallons or less in size, weighing less than 60-pounds when filled. This regulation is strictly enforced. The only containers larger than 32-gallons that are allowed are the wheeled residential garbage carts that are purchased from the City of Naperville. Garbage carts purchased from the city are lifted mechanically by the garbage trucks and are not subject to size regulations; however the weight restriction is 220 pounds.

Why can't I use a regular garbage can that's bigger than 32-gallons? They sell them at the hardware stores in Naperville.
Containers larger than 32-gallons that are filled above the 60-pound limit have caused injuries to Waste Management drivers. That's why the size and weight limitations for containers other than garbage carts purchased from the city are strictly enforced. The city strongly encourages the use of the wheeled garbage carts for your safety as well as the refuse truck drivers.  Carts make it easy to store and move larger quantities of refuse, and they protect the refuse from animals once it is at the curb.

Why can't I purchase a cart from a home improvement store? They look the same. 
Not all carts are the same. The carts sold by home improvement and hardware stores may not be compatible with the lifting devices on the Waste Management garbage trucks. That is why the city adopted an ordinance making the carts sold by the city the only ones that are allowed. Carts sold by home improvement stores are usually lesser quality and do not come with a 10-year warranty. The prices charged by the city are typically less than home improvement and hardware stores charge for similarly sized carts.

When will my garbage cart be delivered?
When the additional $10 delivery charge is paid with the order every effort will be made to deliver each cart within 30 days. In most cases carts are delivered within 10 days of the order receipt. Residents may prefer to pick up a new cart at the Department of Public Works location if they need it sooner.  There is no need to prepay online if picking up the cart.

Can I use these carts for recycling?
No, these carts are to be used for garbage only. The carts are designed to be used with the automated collection equipment on the garbage trucks. They are prone to damage when physically lifted into recycling trucks

I live in unincorporated Naperville. Can I buy a cart?
No, these carts are only for Naperville residents serviced under the city's contract with Waste Management. (Unincorporated homes usually have addresses such as 7S241 or 31W331.)

  • Lisle Township residents garbage collection information
  • Naperville Township residences are collected by Groot
    (630) 587-5673
  • Wheatland Township residents make garbage collection arrangements with the garbage contractor of their choice.

How Do I Purchase a Garbage Cart?

Determine a cart size that fits your needs. Cart dimensions are shown on the order forms. You can order by mailing the form below to the City of Naperville, or you may choose to pick and pay for your cart. Please note that 68 and 95 gallon carts will only fit into minivans, SUVs or larger vehicles.

There is a $10 charge for delivery. Prepayment is not necessary if picking up the cart at the Department of Public Works.  

  • Order In-Person:

Department of Public Works
Public Works Service Center
180 Fort Hill Drive
Hours: M - F  7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Garbage Cart Program
City of Naperville

Public Works Service Center
180 Fort Hill Drive
Naperville, IL 60540

  • Order Online: 
    Garbage carts and delivery fees may be purchased online using PayPal (you do not need to have a PayPal account to use this service). Please note, if you order one item and want to add more, click the "Continue Shopping" button on the PayPal site after you are directed to it.

Purchase Online