Lakewood Utilities

Garbage and Recycling

MDC Environmental Services, (815) 568-7274

In order to reduce the wear and tear on Village streets, the Village contracts with one waste hauler and sets up individual service for new residents. We are currently under contract with MDC Environmental Services for weekly curbside refuse and recycling pickups. Waste receptacles and recycling bins are provided by the hauler. Residents are billed for this service by the Village on the utility bills every two months.

New residents should contact Village Hall to set up service. Each household is provided with one 95-gallon toter (a smaller 65-gallon toter is also available for a slightly smaller fee) and one 35-gallon recycling toter free of charge. Extra garbage toters can be obtained for a fee. Call Village Hall for details, and watch the Village newsletter for any changes.

Collection Day

Garbage and recyclables are picked up on Fridays each week, except when a major holiday falls during that week, in which case pick-up day will be on Saturday. Holidays for the purpose of the refuse contract are:


Date Holiday   Pickup Day
January 1 New Year's   Saturday, January 6, 2024
May 27 Memorial Day   Saturday, June 1, 2024
July 4 Independence Day    Saturday, July 6, 2024
September 2 Labor Day   Saturday, September 7, 2024
November 28  Thanksgiving Day   Saturday, November 30, 2024
December 25 Christmas Day   Saturday, December 28, 2024

All other holidays do not affect the day of collection.

Garbage and recycling should not be left out earlier than 7:00 p.m. the night before pick-up, and empty receptacles should be taken in from the curb by 7:00 p.m. the day of pick-up. Back door service is available for handicapped or in-firmed residents who notify Village Hall of their need.

In addition to normal household refuse and recyclables, one large item (furniture, one 4 foot roll of carpeting, etc.) may be left out for free pick-up each week. No construction debris will be picked up (dumpsters are required and any waste hauler can be contacted to provide these). White goods may be picked up for a surcharge. Call MDC Environmental Services to arrange for this service at (815) 568-7274.

Yard Waste and Organic Composting

Yard waste and Organic Composting is picked up along with refuse on scheduled pick up days from the first Friday in April through the first Friday in December.   When preparing your yard waste for pickup, please following the below guidelines:
  • Leaves and yard waste must be in brown kraft paper bags
  • Small bundles of brush 
    • maximum 4' long and 2' wide
    • maximum branch diameter of 3 inches
    • must be tied with biodegradable cord or twine (no tape or wire) in order to be picked up weekly
  • Any combination of five bags or bundles (i.e. 3 bags of leaves and 1 bundle of brush) are picked up at no extra charge each week
  • Extra bags or bundles will only be picked up if they display a sticker obtainable at Village Hall for $2.50 each

Organic Composting

An Organic waste cart can be provided for an additional $25.20/year annual fee. Once the container is requested, it is to stay with you for the year.

You can call 815-568-7274 to order yours.



Leaf Pickup 

Every week in October, November, and the first Friday in December, and for two weeks in the spring, there will be free, unlimited pickup of leaves left out in brown kraft paper bags.  Dates of yard waste collection are announced in the Village newsletter.
Burning of leaves is prohibited in all parts of the Village.


Payment Services

Utility Billing

The Finance Department is responsible for utility billing for water and sewer operations, as well as refuse.

The most efficient way to pay your Utility Bill is through our Automatic Payment Program which automatically pays your Utility Bill from your checking or savings account on the due date noted on your bill. Lakewood residents are encouraged to participate in this direct deposit program opportunity. Download and complete a form today to begin having your Village Utility Bill paid automatically from a bank account of your choice.

Residents may also submit one-time electronic payments through the Village's E-Payment site.  Payment options include Master Card, American Express, Discover and eCheck, however there is a service fee of 2.35% or $1.00 minimum charged for using this system.  E-checks include a $1.00 service fee.  The fee is not charged or collected by the Village of Lakewood.

Billing Periods

The Village bills residents every two months for utility usage and refuse collection. The east side of the Village, which has private wells, is billed for sewer and refuse, and the rest of the Village is billed for Lakewood Utilities (water and sewer) as well as refuse.  Bills are for the preceding 2-month period.  They are mailed between the 1st and the 10th of the month, with payment due 20 days from the billing date. 

Mail Dates: February, April, June, August, October and December

Country Club Additions (The Gates) 
Lakewood Manor 
Crystal Lake Homesites residents

East Side Sewer & Refuse (only) residents

Mail Dates: January, March, May, July, September and November

Lakewood Utilities customers (all other areas of the Village)

Late payments are subject to a 10% penalty if received after the due date shown on the bill. Please call Village Hall if you have not received your bill by the 15th of your billing month so that we can mail you a duplicate.  

Traveling South for the Winter?  Please note that no credits can be given to "snowbirds".

Effective September 1, 2023

Refuse and recycling (per billing cycle):

$42.60 for a 95-gallon tote

$38.60 for a Senior 95-gallon tote

$42.60 for a 65-gallon tote

$38.60 for a Senior 65-gallon tote

$4.10 extra refuse tote

$4.10 yard waste tote


East Side Sewer & Refuse (only) residents, $167.80
Lakewood Utilities Customers: $83.75 base charge plus $2.55 per 1,000 gallons used

Water: (Lakewood Utilities Customers only)

$43.45 base charge plus $3.35 per 1,000 gallons consumed, pro-rated up to 74,999 gallons.

For each 1,000 gallons thereafter:
$4.50 per 1,000 gallons consumed, from 75,000 to 100,000 gallons,
$5.60 per 1,000 gallons consumed from 100,001 to 125,000 gallons,
$6.70 per 1,000 gallons consumed over 125,000.

Effective June 1, 2024

$7.25 per 1,000 gallons consumed

The Village staff may grant a waiver from the increased rates provided herein, to a user whose increased usage is attributable to the installation of a new lawn. However, a waiver may only be granted between September 1 and April 30.

Explanation of Codes
WA - Water
SE - Sewer
RE - Refuse
XR - Extra Refuse (extra container)
PE - Penalty
LI - Lien