Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Garbage Truck Hours

Did you know that garbage trucks and delivery trucks are prohibited by Chicago law from operating in residential areas after 10 p.m. and before 7 a.m.? When we first moved to Uptown, there were five or six garbage pick-ups on our block every morning between 5:15 and 6:30 a.m.
If you're having a problem with companies violating this statute, you can do one or more of the following steps (we recommend them all):
  • Get the name and number of the truck and make a note of what time it came

  • Call 911

  • Call 311

  • Call your local Streets and San office and ask that an inspector be sent out right then to catch them in the act. Even if the inspector doesn't come out, provide him with the information, including the truck number, and as him to call the company with a warning.

  • Take photos, with a time stamp on the picture.


  1. I video taped it and posted a story about this issue.

    It got quickly taken care of.

  2. unbelievable what you don't want your garbarge picked up?

  3. Beware. Several years ago our condo assoc. was having problems with Flood Bros. because they were picking up prior to 7 am. We kept our dumpster inside our gated parking area to prevent people from picking through our trash and making a mess in the alley. We would push the dumpster out into the alley on pick up day between 6:30 and 7:00 AM, but our trash wasn't getting picked up because Flood Bros. had already been through (prior to 6:30 AM). We complained several times to Flood Bros. but to no avail. Our contract with Flood was coming to a close so we decided to go with another trash company, and at that point we reported Flood to the City for making pick ups prior to 7 AM. A few weeks later our condo assoc. was cited for having an overflowing dumpster and received a $500. fine. Our dumpster had not been overflowing, but there was no way to prove it. These trash companies are VERY connected with the City. If you rat on them and they know who you are, be prepared for retaliation.

  4. > If you rat on them and they know who you are, be prepared for retaliation.

    LOL. Every time I see the drivers now, they give me that look.

    And I'm not talking about the the type of look Irish Pirate gets walking down Broadway at night.

  5. Oh Craig,

    I know you left Uptown for Rogers Park and that is truly our gain.

    As for Flood Brothers they are a well connected trash outfit. They have Park District contracts I believe.

    As for getting ticketed by the city when they do that the inspector should take a photo of the dumpster and bring it to the kangaroo court hearing on the 2500 block of Addison at the satellite city offices there.

  6. I think that calling 911 on the garbage man may be a little bit over the top, but maybe that's just me.

  7. On bryn mawr the 711 gets deliveries at all hours especially after 10PM. That's directly across the street and the trucks keep running and the diesel engines annoy me and interfere with TV listening or trying to sleep. So this activity is banned?

  8. I think that calling 911 on the garbage man may be a little bit over the top, but maybe that's just me.

    The other night an Oberweis dairy truck sat right in front of my house on my very residential street with the motor going so loud that all the windows in my house were rattling. It was 4:00 a.m. Both my kids were woken up by this idiot. Damn straight I called 911. A cop came along and made him move.

    This is part of the Chicago Noise Ordinance:

    11-4-2830 Loading and unloading operations.
    No person shall undertake or cause the loading, unloading, opening, closing or other handling of boxes, crates, containers, building materials, garbage cans, dumpsters or similar objects between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. in such a manner as to cause a noise disturbance within a residential district or within a noise sensitive zone.

    The whole thing is here:

    Chicago Noise Ordinance

  9. move to the burbs if you don't like the city sounds

  10. The issue is about adhering to city ordinances. If these are bad city ordinances, then the City should change them. Until that time, all businesses are required to follow them. People and businesses cannot choose to flout laws and ordinances that seem unreasonable without risking consequences.

  11. This stuff happens in the suburbs too and there likely aren't ordinances

  12. How interesting that your condo was fined. When I complained about the 927 W. Wilson building's overflowing dumpster, the dumpster company was fined and the building was "passed over".

    Uptown City law enforcement is totally relative - to who you know that is.

  13. Streets & Sanitation trucks start at 6am and we usually hit our route by 6:30. Less traffic and we actually get more accomplished by starting earlier (fewer delivery trucks blocking alleys!!!) Uptown is the majority of my route and I've only had someone complain once about the time (it was 6:45). Not a regular here but thought I'd add my 2 cents anyway.

  14. I live in Rogers Park. I had a run-in with a waste company this morning. They were delivering new waste bins to the building across the alley before 6:30a.m. The truck was parked right under my bedroom windows. I went down to tell the driver this was not allowed. He told me to call the police. I did call the company. They called back about an hour later to tell me they were sorry but were in their right to make the delivery. Your website had the ordinance I was looking for. No, they were not in their rights. Next time I will call the police. This is not my first run-in with this company in the last year. Yes, we do live in the city but we need to respect each others' space with some reasonable limits. Thank you for the helpful information.