Recycling and Composting

Overview of the Recycling Program

In the 1980’s the Village provided a recycling drop-off center for glass, aluminum and metals in the Commuter Parking lots east of the railroad tracks. In 1992, the Village launched a pilot curbside recycling collection program and collected the recyclables in-house. Given the significant challenges with the collection and sorting of recyclable materials, the Village competitively bid out and awarded its first residential curbside recycling collection contract in 1993. Groot Recycling provided contract services to the Village from 1993 to 2016, with a new contract beginning with Lakeshore Recycling Systems in February 2016. Curbside recycling collection service was modified in 2003 with the change from 18-gallon bins to 65-gallon recycling carts, and the introduction of single-stream recycling which allowed residents to place all recyclables co-mingled into the cart. 

Check here for details on the Village's current curbside recycling program

Special Recycling Programs

Electronics Recycling
State law prohibits the disposal of residential electronic items in landfills. The Village provides a drop-off service, free of charge, at the Public Works Service Building located at 325 Temple Court. Residents may drop off electronics by appointment only, on Wednesdays from 1- 3 p.m. To schedule an appointment call (847) 835-4134 or e-mail info@villagefoglencoe.org .

Accepted electronics:

  • Cable Receivers
  • Computer Monitors
  • Copy Machines
  • Mice
  • Printers
  • Televisions
  • Video Recorders/players
  •  Computer Cables
  • Cell Phones (remove from case)
  • Computers (desktops, notebooks, tablets)
  • Fax Machines
  • Mp3 Players
  • Satellite Receivers
  • Computer Cables 
  • Converter Boxes
  • Keyboards
  • PDA’s
  • Scanners
  • Video Game Consoles
  • Zip Drives

Unacceptable electronics: (Throw out with regular garbage - may require special pick-up if too large for garbage cart/can)

  • Answering Machine
  • Cameras
  • Postage Machines
  • Small Home Appliances (toasters, blenders...)   
  • Typewriters
  • Calculators
  • Head Sets
  • Power Tools or Cords
  • Stereo Equipment, Including Speakers
  • Vacuum Cleaners 
  • Camcorders
  • Microwaves
  • Shredders
  • Telephones

Recycling Drop-off Center
The Village provides drop-off of other recyclable items Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the vestibule at the Public Works Service Building located at 320 Hazel Avenue. For additional information please call (847) 835-4134.

Accepted items:

  • Household Alkaline Batteries—AA, AAA, C, D & 9V
  • Rechargeable Batteries—NiCad, NiMh, NiCad, lithium ion, lithium polymer. Cover contact points on rechargeable batteries with masking tape or place them in an individual self-locking plastic bag to avoid a fire hazard.
  • No car or marine batteries 
Light Bulbs
  • Compact Fluorescent (CFL) bulbs
  • 4/8 foot fluorescent bulbs
  • No incandescent light bulbs
Other Specialized Items
  • Cell Phones - remove cases and batteries
  • Empty Ink Jet Cartridges - remove from packaging
  • Eyeglasses - remove from cases
  • Hearing Aids
  • Mercury Thermometers
  • Holiday Lights - All holiday string lighting and extension cords can be dropped off from November 1 to April 1. Must be removed of all garland and ribbon

Prescription Drugs and Sharps Disposal

Sharps disposals can be dropped off at Village Hall (675 Village Court) on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Sharps (syringes, needles, lancets) must be in proper containers. A rigid, transparent container from home is acceptable, or pick up a free container from Village Hall. 

Unused prescription drugs and medications (pill form only, no liquids or syringes) can be dropped off at the Public Safety Department (325 Hazel Avenue), Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Note that Village staff do not handle medications or sharps, this is a self-service drop-off. For additional information please call (847) 835-4111.

Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC)

For more information on specialized recycling services, please review programs offered through SWANCC. Services include household hazardous waste disposal, computer and electronic recycling, document destruction events, chemical pick up, compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) recycling, medication and “sharps” disposal and much more. Subscribe to SWANCC's community newsletter, Recycling, Etc., for tips and upcoming event details by e-mailing elist@swancc.org