Our first logo






1947 Autocar Chassis



1940s City of Chicago Streets and Sanitation Department Mack garbage truck



1950s promotional brochure



Before the invention of the dumpster, the city of Chicago required plaques on every building to identify the garbage hauler



1934 Hendrickson open top truck



1976 roll- off truck



1960 packer truck



1950s Lugger truck ; its design pre-dated the roll-off type trucks you see today



1950's Lugger truck ; a close variation of this is still used in today's scrap metal industry



1989 recycling trucks needed five compartments, one for Newspaper, Tin Cans, Aluminum Cans, Milk Jugs/Pop containers, and glass.



Loading services were offered in the 1940s



1953 White chassis with a Leach Packmaster body



Groot Innovation: 1st generation 1963 Walk-In Cab



Groot Innovation: 1st generation 1963 Walk-In Cab



1964: 2nd generation Walk-In Cab



1970 Dempster Dinosaur roll-off truck



1978 Leach body rear load packer



1975 prototype for automated collection



Groot Industries, Inc. is the largest independent solid waste management services provider in the State of Illinois. The company and its subsidiaries have provided solid waste collection and other vital public services to northeastern Illinois municipalities and businesses since 1914. Our company represents over 100 years of experience in this business.


The methods of managing solid waste have changed significantly. In the past, managing solid waste focused on collection and disposal. Today there is a focus on integrated solid waste management, including source reduction of waste, recycling, landscape waste management, and a multitude of special items including electronic waste, white goods, fluorescent lamps, and construction and demolition debris. The goal of integrated waste management is to minimize, to the extent practical, the amount of waste that must ultimately be disposed. Groot Industries has the experience not only in collecting solid waste, but also in processing and marketing a wide range of materials.


Northern Illinois represents Groot's market niche. This is an advantage because our attention is not diverted from our customers' needs by projects in other regions or states. Moreover, as a local company, we can better assure the attention of all levels of management is on the needs of our customers.


Being family owned and operated, we have a strong interest in your level of satisfaction with our service. We believe we are uniquely positioned to be of service to you. Please contact us today.

Groot Waste Management Questions
Chicago Illinois Dumpsters | Roll-offs