Compact Florescent Lighting (CFL) Bulbs
All Home Depot and some Ace Hardware stores accept CFL bulbs for recycling. The Earth911 website may have additional locations that are convenient for you.
- Cable Receivers
- Computers (Laptop, Notebook, Netbook, Tablet)
- Digital Converter Boxes
- Digital Video Disc Players
- Digital Video Disc Recorders
- Electronic Keyboards
- Electronic Mice
- Facsimile Machines
- Portable Digital Music Players
- Satellite Receivers
- Small Scale Servers
- Video Game Consoles
- Videocassette Recorders
Residents can recycle electronics at the electronic recycling dumpster from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday through Friday located at Public Works.
Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)
The State of Illinois sponsors several one-day drop-off events in the Chicago area each spring and fall. The locations vary from year to year. It also provides funding for several drop-off locations that are open regular hours each week.
Permanent Collection Facilities: There are three long-term household chemical waste collection facilities in Illinois. Call before you go to confirm hours of operation and additional information.
Goose Island Facility (Chicago) 312-744-7672
1150 N. Branch Street, Chicago
Operated by the City of Chicago and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA)
Tuesdays: 7 a.m. to Noon
Thursdays: 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
1st Saturday of month: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Accepts Household Chemical Waste
- Accepts computer materials
- Hosts a free latex paint swap
156 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville
Hours of Operation:
Saturdays & Sundays, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Rock River Reclamation District
333 Kishwaukee, Rockford
The State of Illinois Environmental Protection Agency holds one day hazardous waste collections each year in the spring and fall. Refer to the State of Illinois EPA website for a schedule and details on acceptable materials.
Both the West Cook County Solid Waste Agency at 708-453-9100 and Flood Brothers at 630-261-0400 have information on these drop-off locations and events. Please confirm the schedule and acceptability of materials. Some materials including latex paints are not accepted at these locations.
State of Illinois-sponsored Household Hazardous Waste drop-off events and locations currently accept oil based paints for disposal.
Latex paints are not accepted as they are non-toxic. You may dispose of latex paint with your household refuse provided it is hardened. Place kitty litter in open paint cans or use the excess paint to paint scrap wood.
As an alternative, the State of Illinois organizes the ‘Partners for Waste Paint Solutions" program, which recycles paint. Information can be found on the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency website.
Looking to do your part to protect our waterways? Keep your drains drug free!
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) encourages you to Think Inside the Box. Safe drug disposal means safe water. Gather your unused and expired medications and dispose of them in one of MWRD's permanent drug collection boxes. The 38-gallon Medsafe Drug Collection Boxes are located near the main gate at three water reclamation plants (WRP) and in the lobby of the Main Office Building in Chicago.
If a box is locked, please return during hours of operation. Please do not leave medication outside the box.
Main Office Building, 100 E. Erie St., Chicago, Mon. – Fri. from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Calumet WRP, 400 E. 130th St., Chicago, 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
O’Brien WRP, 3500 Howard St., Skokie, 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Stickney WRP, 6001 W. Pershing Rd., Cicero, 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
To read more about this unwanted medication collection program, visit the MWRD website.
Many grocery stores and some other retailers will accept plastic bags for recycling provided they are clean and dry.
Some shippers will accept loose fill plastics (Styrofoam packing peanuts) for reuse. Information on retailers that accept loose fill plastics for reuse or recycling is available through an automated hotline, 800-828-2214.
The Earth911 website may also have locations that accept these materials for recycling or reuse.
Since retailers and other organizations who accept household and other small batteries may have limitations on the type of batteries they accept, please refer to the Earth 911 website for current information.
The Village of Riverside encourages its residents and businesses to investigate the use of rechargeable batteries.
Most retailers that sell batteries will accept batteries for recycling.
Most retailers that sell tires will accept tires for recycling for a small fee.