Special Refuse Programs

Clean Up Days

Clean Up Days are held twice per year on residents' regular solid waste collection day — once in the spring and again in the fall. During this time period there is no limit on size or quantity of household refuse placed at the curb; however, yard waste must be prepared correctly. Remove doors from freezers and refrigerators. Do not fill appliances with trash. Liquid paint is not accepted at the curb. The City does not collect used tires, propane tanks, specified electronics, auto batteries or motor oil nor large demolition waste. There are several automotive places located throughout Galesburg that accept oil, or auto batteries for free and tires or propane tanks for a nominal fee. Call 345-3614 for more information.
 
City Ordinance permits the Police Department to cite individuals bringing in waste from out-of-town. City of Galesburg residential homeowners are paying 100% of the cost for the curbside solid waste collection program. If you notice anyone placing out-of-town trash at the curb for pick up, please contact the Police Department at the Public Safety Building, 343-9151.
 
Refer to the Recycling and Refuse Brochure for specific dates on this and other programs.
 

Prescription Medication Drop-Off

The City of Galesburg, in conjunction with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and Knox County Health Department, collects unused or expired prescription medicine, inhalers, and mercury thermometers for proper disposal. Disposing of these items in household refuse poses environmental hazards. Place your unwanted prescription medicines in clear plastic bags loose, not bottled, and take them to the Knox County Health Department at 1361 W. Fremont Street, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

Disposing of Hypodermic Needles

Galesburg residents may obtain a 1.4 quart, approved rigid plastic sharps container from the Knox County Health Department, 1361 West Fremont Street, Galesburg, for storage of the home generated sharps. Residents can drop off the full container at the kiosk located in the lobby of the Knox County Health Department at 1361 W Fremont Street, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 

Physically and Financially Handicapped Service

This service is available to residents that are physically handicapped, live alone and are financially incapable of paying someone to take the refuse to the curb. Qualifying residents are limited to one plastic bag or can at a location other than the terrace. A doctor certification and a copy of your most recent income tax return is required. Call 345-3614 for an application.
 

Disposal of Paint and Other Liquids

If you must discard this type of waste, such as paint, it must be solidified before disposing in your trash. Some products will dry out or evaporate if you remove the lids. One way to solidify paint is to place cat litter in something disposable and pour the paint into the cat litter and let it dry completely. Place the empty paint can with the lid removed by your trash pile.
 

Ninety-Gallon Cart Rental

Residents may rent a 96-gallon wheeled cart for their household refuse at the rate of $3.50 per month. Residents will be billed by the contractor for this additional service. Benefits include using fewer trash cans and resistance to animals. Interested? call Waste Management at 343-0256.
 
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