All items for collection must be placed at the curb no later than 7:00 a.m. on service days.

Weekly Refuse and Recycling Pickup for Thornton Will Take Place on Fridays


Flood Brothers will provide each household with a free 95-gallon refuse cart. Additional carts can be rented through Flood Bros by contacting our office. A monthly rental fee of $2.50 will be applied.

Additional refuse can be collected with the residents own refuse containers as long as they are contained in cans or bags, and not to exceed 35 gallons in size, or 50 pounds in weight per can, or bag or are large items that cannot be containerized.

Additional refuse must be readily storable in refuse containers and will be collected by Flood Bros. if it is stacked neatly alongside refuse containers on regular refuse collection days. There will be no limit on the number of containers placed out for collection by a given household provided all containers meet the requirements above.


Flood Brothers will provide each household with a free 95-gallon recycling cart.  Additional carts can be rented by contacting our office. A monthly rental fee of $2.50 will be applied.

Recycling materials will be comingled (i.e. plastic, glass, metal, and paper products mixed together). Preparation requirements for households participating in the recycling program include: rinsing, removing labels, flattening, removing caps, and lids, etc. can be found on our website. Residents may place their recycling materials in additional containers with handles or simply place them neatly alongside of recycling containers on regular recycling collection days.
All equipment will be owned and maintained by Flood Bros.

Yard Waste

Flood Brothers will provide yard waste collection from April 1st through November 30th on the same day as refuse and recycling collection. All yard waste shall be placed in a waterproof plastic or metal container with a tight cover, or a biodegradable Kraft bag, of a size no larger than 35 gallons and not exceeding 50lbs. Yard waste cart is available upon request; a rental price would be applied.

There shall be no limit on the number of containers placed out for collection by a given household. We will accept and collect all bundles of brush or limbs, providing the bundles do not exceed a weight of fifty (50) pounds per bundle, are not more than four (4) feet long, are not more than two (2) feet in diameter, do not contain limbs greater than three (3) inches in diameter and are tied with material that is accepted at the compost site that we use.

Note: Dirt, pots, sod, large branches, tree stumps, rocks, garden vegetables, fruit and non-organic materials are not considered yard waste and WILL NOT BE COLLECTED.

Bulk Item Collection

As part of the regularly scheduled refuse collection, Flood Bros will collect one (1) Bulk Item from each collection stop as part of the weekly refuse collection at no charge.

Bulk items are to be placed by the customer at the curb. Additional bulk items collected will be charged to the residents at a rate of $8.00 per item. We ask that you contact our office regarding items that weigh more than 50lbs

Holidays and Holiday Service Schedules

If a holiday falls on a weekday or a Sunday, and your regularly scheduled pickup is on or after the holiday, your pickup will be delayed by one day. Friday customers will be serviced on Saturday.

Flood Brothers will not collect on the following holidays:


Christmas Tree Collection

Flood Brothers will provide a special collection for Christmas trees during the month of January..  Holiday greenery must have all tinsel, ornaments, lights and nails removed before being placed out at the curb for pickup.

White Good Item Collection

Flood Brothers will also provide collection services for white good items (i.e. appliances) for a fee. Examples shall include; refrigerators, dish washers, water heaters, washers, dryers, etc. Residents will be asked to call our office 24 hour prior to collection to schedule pick up, residents will be billed directly at a rate of $25.00 per item.

Residents will be asked to call our office 24 hours prior to collection to schedule the pickup.

E-Waste (Electronic) Collection / Electronics Recycling

Residents can drop off electronic recycling at Township building or residents can call Flood Brothers office to schedule curbside collection.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency states electronic waste is now the fastest growing segment of our nation's waste stream. Electronic waste, from computers to TVs, contain toxic materials such as lead, chromium, cadmium, mercury, beryllium, nickel, zinc and other potentially harmful chemicals. The EPA warns when electronics that contain these materials are not recycled or are not disposed of properly, the hazardous chemicals can contaminate the ground water and present additional environmental concerns. Illinois State Law bans electronic waste in landfills. Under this state law, electronic waste cannot be collected with household refuse/waste.

E-waste items banned from the landfill include:

  • Cable receivers
  • Computer mice
  • Computer monitors
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital cable box
  • DVD players
  • DVRs
  • Fax machines
  • Keyboards
  • Laptop computers
  • MP3 players
  • Notebook computers
  • Printers
  • Recorders
  • Satellite receivers
  • Scanners
  • Small scale servers
  • Televisions
  • Video Consoles

Please contact Flood Brothers customer service at (630) 261-0400 during business hours to schedule an e-waste collection or click here to Request a Quote. An extra fee applies.

Household Hazardous Waste/Unacceptable Materials

Flood Brothers would inform residents to reach out to our office when a possible hazardous waste material may need to be disposed of. We will work with the resident to find the best solution for disposal with the assistance of Cook County Recycling programs.

Why Choose Flood Brothers?


  • Over 90 years of service
  • Family-owned business believing in honest work and personal attention
  • Courteous staff accessible 24/7
  • Innovative waste management and recycling technology for a changing environment


  • Extensive options for dumpster and containers, including rentals
  • Reliable garbage pickups and recycling pickups throughout Chicago and suburbs
  • Firm commitment to employee safety
  • Trained in best industry practices


  • Vision toward smarter waste and recycling solutions
  • Development of customer loyalty with the best personal care
  • Teamwork to keep America clean
  • Time-saving online Bill Pay
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