Public Works


East Chicago Public Works Department will implement the following New Recycling Policies Changes:

Alley Pickups Only:

ALL Recycling Toters will have to be placed in the alley behind your Home or Apartment within each District for pickup (The only exception are areas which do not have alleys such as Prairie Park, Marktown, and Sunnyside). The East Chicago Public Works Department will no longer do curbside pickups.

Recycling Pickup Days by District

Below are the days in which Residents should put out their Recycling Toters for pickup.

Monday’s- 1st and 2nd District 

Wednesday’s- 3rd and 4th District 

Friday’s- 5th and 6th District 


Mayor Anthony Copeland and the East Chicago Public Works Department would like to inform all East Chicago residents of their trash collection schedule.


All residents are respectfully asked to put out their trash on MONDAY Mornings. All trash will be picked up within a 48 hour period.  

With the exception of residents living in PRAIRE PARK, SUNNYSIDE AND MARKTOWN; trash collection in these areas are considered frontends and trash should be put out on WEDNESDAY Mornings.

 Please place all garbage in trash bags, and then place your bags inside the provided trash receptacle.  (NO LOOSE GARBAGE PLEASE!)

Please make your trash receptacle readily accessible. (City Employees are prohibited from entering private property.)

Please refrain from putting Hazardous Materials in the trash. Hence; motor oil, car batteries, aerosol paint cans and regular paint cans etc…for assistance with hazardous materials please contact the Lake County Hazardous Waste center at 219-853-2420.

For additional information, please call 219-391-8463 or 219-391-8464.

Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Public Works Team

The Public Works Department combines Solid Waste, Park, Utilities and General Services Street departments.


The mission of the Public Work Department is to provide services to the residents of East Chicago through the collection, disposal and recycling of discarded material in a manner that is safe and well-organized to enhance the health and welfare of the City of East Chicago.


A departmental goal to provide the residents of East Chicago the best services possible. Find information about the services that our department provides. 


Responsibilities include:

  • Abandon lot and maintenance through grass cutting and/or removal of debris (as per Code Enforcement)
  • Annual Bagless Leaf collection (begins Oct and runs thru December) and the distribution of city-wide garbage and recycle containers.
  • bridge attendant
  • City-Wide curb painting (per code)
  • Compost/Brush pick-up
  • Garbage Collection
  • Graffiti Removal
  • Installation of signage and/or signs
  • Minor municipal building repairs and maintenance
  • Park Maintenance
  • Recycle Collection
  • Rubbish pick-up
  • Snow Removal
  • Street Repairs through paving and/or patching
  • Street Sweeping

Collection Zones

The city is divided into Zones. Each zone is assigned a Supervisor and Foreman to assure the best services for our residents.

Snow & Ice Removal

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