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Please see below to view your unincorporated areaʼs standard and subscription toter route listings and information for areas within unincorporated McHenry and Boone Counties.


The collection day in unincorporated areas varies by your location. Please contact our office for your specific collection day and your service pricing. Please have all refuse and recyclable items at the curb by 5:00am on the day of pickup. The services offered by MDC Environmental Services are as follows:


We will collect household refuse contained in standard size refuse containers curbside each week. These containers must be furnished by the homeowner and shall not exceed 32 gallons in capacity and shall not exceed 50 pounds in weight. Containers may be either rigid plastic or metal construction or bags. Please contact MDC for the current pricing for this service.


We will provide a 95 gallon tote and collect all household refuse contained in the cart at the curb each week. Cost is an additional $3.00 per month. You may also set out additional cans or bags with the cart.


We will provide a 35 gallon cart for recyclable materials only. Cost is an additional $3.00 per month.


Please contact our office in advance if you require collection of any bulk items. There is an additional charge for this service. A bulk item is any item which is too large to fit into the 95 gallon tote or your garbage cans. Examples include, but are not limited to, sofas, chairs, tables, mattress, boxspring, small appliances. Any large appliances, especially ones that contain CFC and HCFC refrigerant gas, PCB containing capacitors, mercury switches or other hazardous components are not included and must be removed by a separate service.

Please contact our office for referrals for such appliances. Please contact our office 24 hours prior to your pickup to arrange for a special pickup for any refuse in excess of your service level per week. There is an extra charge for this service. If you require an estimate, service will be provided within one week after the estimate is given.


Make sure that recyclables are clean and all containers such as cans and bottles are empty. You do not need to divide recycling into individual groups.


  • Newspaper
  • Corrugated Cardboard (cut down into 18 in. squares.)
  • Magazines
  • Catalogs
  • Telephone Books
  • Junk Mail
  • Chipboard
  • Glass Bottles and Jars
  • Tin, Aluminum and Bi-Metal Cans
  • Plastics Coded 1-7*


* We cannot accept plastic bags, Styrofoam, 6 pack rings, oil containers as well as some other items. If you have a question as to whether or not an item is recyclable, please contact our office.


Yard waste collection service is available in all of our service areas. Fees and collection schedules vary depending upon your specific location. Please contact our office for details.

Yard waste must be contained in paper bio-degradable bags. Yard waste materials are leaves, grass clippings, weeds, twigs, etc. We cannot accept dirt, sod or large branches. Please call our office with any questions about items that may be considered yard waste.


There will be no collection on New Yearʼs Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day or whenever the disposal facility is closed. If your pick-up falls on or after these holidays, collection will be one (1) day later. If any of the above holidays fall on a weekend, your pick-up day will be unaffected.

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