This guide provides information about how to recycle various items in the North Shore area most efficiently. The easiest way to recycle many items is through our regular curbside recycling pick-up program. Go here for details of the Village recycling program. This guide is updated periodically by Village staff and is alphabetical. If you have suggestions for updates or questions regarding what can be recycled, please email them to Adam Hall, Management Analyst.
Appliances and Furniture
Abt Electronics (1200 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview, 847-967-8830) accepts large and small appliances, all TVs, computers, air conditioners, large and small electronics, including calculators, cameras, power tools and cords, shredders, faxes, and typewriters. Small appliances and electronics are free; see website for fee structure for TVs and per pound charge for large quantities of computers, small appliances and electronics: www.abt.com/help/green-program. Park at Customer Pick Up area on south side of building and notify person behind the counter. Abt staff can help unload the items. Call for pickup ($99 or free with a new installation). For refrigerators, Abt partners with ComEd, an EPA-approved business that covers refrigerants. Rebates for responsibly recycled appliances may be available: www.abt.com/rebates/comed-rebates.
Lakeshore Recycling will pick up old appliances for a fee. Phone 24 hours in advance (773-685-8811) to let them know you will put item out for pick up.
Best Buy (1072 Willow Rd., Northbrook, 847-205-2305) now accepts stick vacuums, cannister, upright and robot vacuums, curling irons, blow dryers and fans (limit: 3 items per visit). They will accept up to two computer monitors, and up to two TV’s if they are tube sets smaller than 32”; flat panel (LCD, Plasma or LED) TVs smaller than 50”, or portable TVs, for a charge of $25 each. Not accepted: TVs not fitting the previous categories or business/organization drop offs (www.bestbuy.com/recycle). For further information click on icon to see what items they do and do not take.
ComEd will recycle your working refrigerator or freezer. See https://www.comed.com/WaysToSave/ForYourHome/Pages/Recycling.aspx or call 855-433-2700.
Goodwill (923 Ridge Rd., Wilmette, 847-920-5303) takes small appliances, stereos, working flat screen HDTVs, (no microwaves or rear-projection TVs) and computers in nonworking or working condition. They do not take large appliances or CRTs, only flat screen monitors. Mon.-Fri., 9 – 7; Sat.-Sun., 9 – 6. In addition, Goodwill-Evanston and Northbrook take larger items, like furniture (see https://www.amazinggoodwill.com/donating/donor-guidelines). The Goodwill Store and Donation Center, 1916B Dempster, Evanston is a drive-through on the southwest side of the store; make donations Mon.-Sat., 9 – 9; Sun., 10 – 8. No pickups.
Salvation Army (4335 Oakton St., Skokie; for pickups, call 1-800-SA-TRUCK) accepts working appliances of any size. Mon.-Sat., 9 – 9; Sun., 1 – 5. They will take unstained mattresses and clean, upholstered furniture. They do not take cribs, play seats, car seats, children’s beds, wheel chairs, walkers, toilet seats, medical devices, or medical beds.
Amvets (http://amvetspickup.com/) will pick up a wide variety of furnishings, clothing, tools and more. Go to website to schedule a pick up.
Automobiles, Motor Oil and Tires
Habitat for Humanity (http://www.habitat.org/carsforhomes, 877-277-4344), will take your donated car and sell it, using the proceeds to build a Habitat home.
Kars for Kids (https://www.kars4kids.org/, 877-527-7454) will take your donated car and sell it, using the proceeds to supports the youth and educational programs of national nonprofit Kars4Kids and our sister charity Oorah.
Motor Oil and Tires
400 Super Service-1310 Sherman Ave (847) 869-5560 Accepts oil, car batteries and gasoline at no cost.
Duxler Car Care Center - 2620 Green Bay Rd (847) 869-3200
Accepts oil, antifreeze, gasoline and car batteries at no cost; $3.00 per tire.
C&M Auto Service 1830 Pickwick Ave (847) 724-6311 Accepts oil, oil filters, antifreeze, gasoline and car batteries at no cost; $2.50 per tire.
The Illinois EPA has determined that single-use, non-rechargeable alkaline batteries (AAA, AA, C, D, 6V, 9V, etc.) are not hazardous and can be thrown into normal household waste collections.
Rechargeable batteries are not accepted in Glencoe's solid waste collection, but the can be recycled at the Glencoe Public Works service building (tape ends).
Abt Electronics (1200 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview, 847-967-8830) accepts computer battery backup systems that no longer work. (See Abt under Appliances).
Best Buy (1072 Willow Rd., Northbrook, 847-205-2305) recycles battery backup systems and rechargeable batteries (unless they are subject to a CPSC recall) (tape ends).
Home Depot stores (2201 Oakton, Evanston, 847-733-9200; 2850 Patriot Blvd., Glenview, 847-400-5390) take rechargeable batteries (tape ends), as well as cell phones (remove SIM card first) and CFL Light Bulbs.
Lowes Home Improvement stores (1000 Willow Rd., Northbrook, 847-418-4540) take rechargeable batteries (tape ends), as well as shopping bags, cell phones (remove SIM card first) and CFL light bulbs.
Weiss Ace Hardware (1560 Waukegan Rd., Glenview, 847-724-3444) accepts rechargeable batteries at no charge. Accepts all CFL light bulbs – $.50 each. Also latex and oil-based paint for a fee. (See Light Bulbs – CFL and Fluorescent and Paint for more items.)
Green Bay Cycles (999 Green Bay Rd., Winnetka, 847-446-7433) accepts used adult and children’s bikes for donation to Working Bikes (see. https://www.workingbikes.org/).
Pedal Power conducts an annual drive, usually in the Fall, of used children’s bicycles in working condition. See http://gopedalpower.com/locations/ for further information.
RRB Cycles (562 Green Bay Rd., Kenilworth, 847-251-7878) accepts adult and children’s bikes for donation to Working Bikes (see https://www.workingbikes.org/).
Recyclery (7628 N. Paulina, Chicago, 773-262-5900 or http://therecyclery.org/) is a nonprofit that seeks to build community through restoration of donated and discarded bicycles and helps children and adults learn bicycle maintenance and earn their own bike. Phone first.
Books, CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes and Toys
Bernie’s Book Bank in Lake Forest donates new and gently used books to at-risk youth (Pre-k through 6th grade) in Chicagoland. They offer two local drop-off locations: Morning Glory Flower Shop, 1135½ Central Ave.; and North Shore Community Bank & Trust, 1145 Wilmette Ave.
To recycle CDs, DVDs, and cases, go to http://www.cdrecyclingcenter.org/. They recycle large quantities for free. They also recycle extension cords, chargers, computer cables, Christmas lights and small electronics. Disks and all paper labels should be separated from the case.
Game Stop (1865 Tower Dr., Glenview, 847-998-8186) buys used games for credit towards another purchase. See https://www.gamestop.com/ for other locations.
Open Books (https://www.open-books.org/) takes gently-used children’s CDs and DVDs (see Books).
OSDD (Opportunity Secure Document Destruction), a division of Glenkirk (3660 Commercial Ave., Northbrook, 847-831-9400), provides services to adults with disabilities. They recycle CDs, DVDs, audio and video tapes, as well as cases (separate paper from cases). Call for more information or see https://www.osddshred.com/. Open drop off options are Wed. and Fri., 9 – 12 or by appointment. They also take hard drives, phones, microfiche and film but charge for each piece.
Glencoe Public Library - 320 Park Ave, Glencoe, IL 60022 - (847) 835-5056
Gently-used toys can be dropped off at Winnetka Community House, or donated to Goodwill or Salvation Army (See Clothes section previously listed for further information).
Gently-used stuffed animals, toys, blankets, baby items, children’s clothes and books can be donated to S.A.F.E. (https://www.stuffedanimalsforemergencies.org), where they go to homeless shelters, hospitals and emergency aid workers.
Catalogs and Junk Mail
To reduce the junk mail and number of catalogs you receive (and to be kind to your mailman!), go to https://www.catalogchoice.org/ to request that your name be removed from the mass catalog mailing lists. The online process takes about 20 minutes to complete. Repeat it about once a year to stay off the lists.
Clothes and Athletic Shoes
Dress for Success (312-527-0925 or https://www.dressforsuccess.org/), accepts wearable women’s business clothing for low-income women as they search for jobs. Drop-off is at 70 E Lake Street, Suite 900, Chicago, on Mon., Wed. and Fri., 10 – 12 and 1 – 4; also the second Saturday of the month, 10 – 2.
Goodwill (923 Ridge Rd., 847-920-5303) accepts wearable clothes. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 – 7 and Sat.-Sun., 9 – 6.
North Shore Exchange - 372 Hazel Ave, Glencoe, IL 60022 - (847) 835-0026 Upscale consignment boutique where all profits support Chicagoland charities providing human services for children and families below the poverty level, as well as the Family Service of Glencoe. Organization has given away $1,500,000 in grants and in-kind giving to well-deserving charities since 2013.
Salvation Army (4335 Oakton St., Skokie, 847-866-9770; for pickups, 1-800-SA-TRUCK) accepts clothing. Hours are Mon.-Sat., 9 – 9. (Also see Furniture.)
Winnetka Congregational Church (847-446-0575) collects clothing, toys, miscellaneous household items, furniture, etc. 7 days a week (9 – 4) behind the Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka (go around corner to Pine St). No large appliances accepted. Check website to see what items are not accepted. Donated furniture can be picked up on Fridays (https://wccrummage.com).
Woman’s Club of Evanston sponsors a drive each Spring for collecting new or nearly-new prom dresses for the Dreams Delivered Prom Boutique April 14-17, 2019. Dresses can be dropped off between February 4 – March 22, 2019, Mon.-Fri., 9 – 4 at 1702 Chicago Ave., Evanston. Closer to the date, other sites will also take dresses (see website for more information). This program makes going to the prom more affordable for those who might not be able to attend otherwise (http://wcofe.org/); click on Premier Events, then Dreams Delivered.
YWCA Shop for Good, Women’s Resale Boutique (formerly Encore and More), (1107 Central Ave., Wilmette, 847-864-8445) accepts good quality, new and gently-used clothing, outerwear, shoes, boots, purses, jewelry and accessories. For details see: https://www.ywca-ens.org/encore-more. Tues.- Thurs., 12 – 5; Fri., 10 – 6; and Sat., 10 – 5. Proceeds benefit the YWCA.
H & M - 1044 Northbrook Ct, Northbrook, IL 60062 - (855) 466-7467
The Recyclery (7628 N Paulina, 773-262-5900), will take unwearable t-shirts (100% cotton or 50/50). For other items, contact your local animal shelter to see if they have an interest.
Salvation Army (4335 Oakton St., Skokie) takes unwearable items, bales them and sells them to outsourcers for use in the textile industry. They must be clean and free of mold and mildew.
The Runner’s Edge, 1515 Sheridan Rd., Wilmette (next to Starbucks, 847-853-8531), in conjunction with Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association (https://www.glasa.org), recycles clean, lightly used, wearable shoes for distribution among youth and adults with physical and visual disabilities.
Peacepassers (http://peacepassers.org/) collects gently-used soccer equipment – balls, shoes, shin guards, gloves, team sets of past years’ jerseys – and distributes it to communities in need around the world. Check website or contact email@example.com for information on a shipment location near you.
Composting/Organic Waste Disposal
Collective Resource will collect your food scraps from your home, in a provided 5-gallon closed bucket. Cost is $10.50 for a once weekly pickup; $15.50 for bi-weekly pickup. Multi-unit buildings and restaurants can get 32-gallon totes (call for pricing). For details, call 847-733-7665, or go to https://collectiveresource.us/ to sign up.
Residential Curbside Composting Program curbside yard waste and composting service allows residents to dispose of compostable materials such as fruit and vegetable peels, egg shells, coffee grounds, paper napkins and yard waste in a biodegradable paper yard waste bags, or curbside bins between April 1 and December 15. There are two options for utilizing this new service: volume-based (stickers) and subscription (annual payment). Please note, the composting service is available if you do not need yard waste collection.
Glencoe Community Garden recycles kitchen waste into rich fertilizer and funnels it back into the Garden’s 5,000 square foot garden that produces over 3,000 pounds of fresh food each year. The facility is zero-waste thanks to the clever use of rain irrigation and solar power, and better yet, 100% of the bounty is harvested by volunteers and donated to local social service organizations. A compost drop-off location on the south side of the Public Works Service Building in the downtown (on Temple Court). Please review their website for a list of acceptable materials: https://www.glencoecommunitygarden.com/.
Computers, Electronics and Phones
Most cell phone companies such as AT&T, Verizon, etc. accept cell phones for recycling (always remove your SIM card before dropping off a cell phone for recycling).
Abt Electronics accepts computers and electronics, including calculators, cameras, power tools and cords, shredders, faxes and typewriters at no charge. Fees will apply to CRT monitors, TV’s and large quantities of computers, small appliances and electronics. Park at Customer Pick Up area and notify the person behind the counter. See website for fee structure for CRT monitors and TVs, as well as the per pound charges for large quantities of computers, small appliances and electronics. Hours are Mon.-Fri., 9 – 9; Sat., 9 – 7:30; Sun., 10:30 – 6:30. (https://www.abt.com/mobile_pages/help/green-program).
Best Buy (1072 Willow Rd., Northbrook, 847-205-2305) accepts laptops, sound systems, and some household electronics. See https://www.bestbuy.com/recycle and click on applicable icon for guidelines of what can and cannot be dropped off. Also accepts all sizes of rechargeable household batteries (tape ends) except car batteries.
FreeGeek Chicago NFP (3411 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago, 773-342-6205) accepts all items listed on their Donate Page (http://www.freegeekchicago.org/donate) and provides the donor with a receipt for tax purposes. FreeGeek provides training and low- and no-cost computing to the economically disadvantaged and not-for profits. Call for further details. Hours of drop off are Wed.-Sun., 11 – 5.
Goodwill takes working and nonworking computers (see Appliances).
GreenDisk (800-305-DISK or https://greendisk.com) takes up to 25 lbs. for $11.95 (.45 for each additional lb.), in your own box: CDs, jewel cases, DVDs, DVD cases, audio and video tapes, cell phones (remove SIM card), hard drives, small electronics, pagers, rechargeable batteries (tape ends), PDAs, ink/toner cartridges (put in a Ziplock bag to prevent leakage). See website for larger shipment rates.
SWANCC (https://swancc.org/) has occasional free drop off days for SWANCC residents only (not businesses). For additional acceptable items, phone SWANCC (847-724-9205) or check their web site. There is no longer a limit to how many items you can drop off. They no longer do pickups. The closest drop off is at the Glenview Transfer Station, 3 Providence Way, Des Plaines (across from Maryville Academy) on Sat., 9 – 11:30 year round.
Technology for Humanity (http://technologyforhumanity.org/) takes multiple working computers less than eight years old. They are a charity that provides computers for underserved communities and people with disabilities, as well as for schools.
Glencoe Public Works collects electronics items should be taken to Glencoe Public Works’ permanent drop-off site at 325 Temple Court. Residents may drop off electronics by appointment only, on Wednesdays from 1- 3 p.m. See https://www.villageofglencoe.org/government/committees_and_commissions/sustainability_task_force/recycling_and_composting.php for a list of everything that is accepted.
Winnetka Public Works (1390 Willow Rd.) has free residential electronics drop off (including TVs and monitors) at the WPW building on Willow Road Thurs., 1 – 3. Large electronics drop off is closed from November 15 – April 2019. Small electronics can be dropped off all year long in the front vestibule. For further information: https://www.villageofwinnetka.org/departments/public-works/refuse-and-recycling/electronic-recycling-program/
Construction and Remodeling Disposables
Carpet and Capet Padding
Flor sells carpet tiles that it produces from recycled material and will take old carpet tiles to recycle into new carpet tiles. See: https://www.flor.com/responsible, or call: 866-952-4093.
Hoving Recycling and Disposal (2300 Carlson Road, Northbrook) accepts carpet and padding. Charge is $70 for up to one ton plus a $1 environmental fee each time you drop off. Hours are Mon.-Fri., 6 – 4; Sat. 6 – 12.
Carpet Cushions and Supplies (3423 N Drake, Chicago, 773-267-7327 http://www.carpetcushions.com/) recycles padding only.
General and Light Fixtures
Earth Stone Midwest (4619 N. 25th Ave., Schiller Park, http://www.earthstonemidwest.com/, 847-671-3000, ask for Costas) is a LEED-certified company that uses post-consumer stone and granite to create new materials that are 100% recycled. Pavers are used as walkways, patios, driveways and floors as well as decorative cladding. Interior applications include backsplashes, fireplaces and floor tiles. Call to see if they have a current drop-off site that is local. (A credit can be given for pavers if you drop off old materials that are approved for being recyclable.) They are open Mon.-Fri., 8:30 – 5.
Evanston ReBuilding Warehouse (2101 Dempster St., Evanston, 847-864-9246, https://www.evanstonrebuildingwarehouse.org/) promotes reduction of construction waste in landfills. They resell donations of construction materials, hardware, fixtures and more at a nominal cost. Their hours are Tues.-Sat., 10 – 5. They also offer job training programs for individuals who want to get, and keep, jobs in deconstruction, home repair, and/or renovation and constructions fields.
Habitat for Humanity (847-249-3160, http://www.chicagolandhabitat.org) picks up larger items like appliances and cabinets. The closest drop off is in Gurnee. They accept donations Tues., 12 – 5, Wed-Fri., 10 – 5 and Sat., 10 – 4; all donations must be preapproved. Call for details on acceptable items. Their contact information is firstname.lastname@example.org. They do not take televisions or electronics. RESTORE (Habitat for Humanity store, 6040 N Pulaski, Chicago, 773-539-6040) accepts materials such as tile and paneling, if enough for a small project. Hours of drop off are Wed.-Sun., 10 – 6. Call or email (email@example.com) to see what they will accept.
Little Green Kitchens (www.littlegreenkitchens.com) will sell your existing kitchen cabinets if in good condition. You can also shop on their website to search for cabinets that have been previously used but still in good condition.
RESTORE (6040 N Pulaski, Chicago, 773-539-6040) accepts used working light fixtures. Hours of drop off are Wed.-Sun., 10 – 6. Call first or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to see what they will accept.
Contact Lenses and Eyeglasses
Wilmette Eye Care (1125 Greenleaf Ave., 224-408-2302, https://www.wilmetteeyecare.com/) Mon., Wed., 10 -7; Tues., Thurs., 10 – 6; Fri 10 – 5; Sat. 11 – 4, accepts contact lenses, foil and blister packs.
Pearle Vision (2305 Willow Rd., Glenview, 847-832-9690) and Professional Eye Care (3223 Lake Ave., Ste. 14C, Wilmette, 847-256-8100), accept used eyewear.
Wilmette and Kenilworth Post Offices also collect used eyeglasses.
Chicago Botanic Garden (1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, 847-835-5440) has a designated bin for depositing corks located in the Visitor Center Café.
Good Grapes (821 Chestnut, Winnetka, 837-242-9800) accepts corks for recycling. Tues.-Sat., 12 – 8; Sun 12 – 5. Call to confirm drop off hours.
Office Depot (2722 Green Bay Rd., Evanston, 847-475-2571) Mon.-Fri., 8 am – 9 pm; Sat., 9 – 8, Sun., 10 – 6, offers a reasonable rate to securely destroy documents. You can bring up to 15 lbs. for immediate destruction, while you wait, at a rate of $2.49/lb. For more than 15 lbs., they offer a secure holding space that, when full, is retrieved by the Iron Mountain company at the rate of $0.99/lb.
OSDD (Opportunity Secure Document Destruction), is a division of Glenkirk (3504 Commercial Ave., Northbrook, 847-831-9400) which provides government-secure (NAID certified) document destruction services. Call for more information or see https://www.osddshred.com/. Open drop off is on Wed. and Fri., 9 – 12 or other times by appointment. They also take hard drives, phones, microfiche and film but charge for each piece. See website for fees involved. (See CDs, DVDs and VHS tapes.)
SWANCC (https://swancc.org/, Programs tab) posts a schedule in April each year of document destruction events that run from April through October for SWANCC member communities.
Drugs and Sharps – Prescription and OTC
Glencoe Public Safety (675 Village Ct.) accepts sharps, prescription and OTC medications. Black out your name on the drug bottle(s).
Fire Extinguishers: Rechargeable or Non-Refillable Cylinders (NRCs)
Chicago Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling Facility (1150 N. North Branch St., Chicago) accepts small fire extinguishers and small NRC’s. For hours and details see: https://www.swancc.org/fire-extinguishers.
Henricksen’s Fire & Safety (563 N Wolf Rd., Wheeling, 847-459-7877) will recycle your old fire extinguisher for $4. Hours of operation are Mon.-Fri., 7:30 – 3:30.
U.S. Fire & Safety Equipment Company (2412 Millennium Drive, Elgin, 773-763-4422) recharges fire extinguishers and accepts NRC’s for $3. Hours are Mon.-Fri., 7 – 5.
Hazardous Chemical Waste and Paint
Drop off hazardous chemical waste products at 1150 N North Branch Street, Chicago, Tues. 7 – noon, or Thurs. 2 – 7, and the first Saturday of each month from 8 – 3. They also accept propane tanks and electronics (including computers but not TVs from non-city residents). Oil-based paint is the ONLY paint accepted. Contact IEPA’s Waste Reduction Unit at 217-785-5604, regarding one-day and long-term collections or go to https://epa.illinois.gov/. Click on the box labeled “Citizens” followed by the box labeled “Land Pollution and Waste Disposal,” then “Household Hazardous Waste.”
Latex paint or water-based paints can be placed in your own trash receptacles after drying out the remaining product using paint hardener, kitty litter or shredded paper. Dry out empty cans in an open area and place in trash bins. Contact SWANCC at 217-524-3300 (https://swancc.org/) for local drop-off locations and dates for other kinds of paint and hazardous chemical waste.
Got Paint? PICKUP (https://gotpaintpickup.com/, 312-882-7266) will arrange to pick up your unwanted latex paint after you register with their online service or text a message to 312-882-7266. Cost is $2 per quart, $5 per gallon or $20 for a 5-gallon bucket.
Millen Hardware (1219 Wilmette Ave., 847-251-3060) accepts old latex paint but charges ($2.00 per quart, $3.50 per gallon, $5.50 for a 2-gallon container, $15 for a 5-gallon container). Leftover latex paint can be combined to fill a gallon bucket.
Weiss Ace Hardware (1560 Waukegan Rd., Glenview, 847-724-3444) recycles latex and oil-based paint for a fee. Also accepts all CFL light bulbs for a fee of $.50 each and rechargeable batteries (free).
For useable paint, call your local church or shelter to see if they are interested. RESTORE (Habitat for Humanity) takes full, unopened cans of paint (see Light Fixtures for more information). Try repurposing paint at https://www.freecycle.org.
Glencoe Public Works collects holiday lights at the Glencoe Public Works Facility - 320 Hazel Avenue, Glencoe IL. 60022 - 847-835-4134
Ink and Toner Cartridges
Office Depot (2255 Howard St., Evanston, 847-492-0662, 2722 Green Bay Rd., Evanston, 847-475-2571, or 5507 W. Touhy Ave., Skokie, 847-763-8830). Reward Program members can recycle print or toner cartridges for a $2 credit per cartridge on your rewards statement. When you get to $10, you can print a coupon good for in-store purchases; you can recycle up to 10 cartridges a month.
Staples (1509 Waukegan Rd., Glenview, 847-832-0283), recycles all cartridges for a $2 credit per cartridge on your rewards statement. Limit 10 per month; Limit of 20 per month if you are a premium awards member.
Light Bulbs – CFL and Fluorescent, Thermostats and Thermometers
Home Depot stores (2201 Oakton, Evanston, 847-733-9200; 2850 Patriot Blvd., Glenview, 847-400-5390) take compact (screw-in) CFL bulbs, as well as cell phones (remove SIM card) and rechargeable batteries (ends must be taped).
Lowes Home Improvement stores (1000 Willow Rd., Northbrook, 847-418-4540) take CFL lightbulbs, as well as cell phones (remove SIM card) and rechargeable batteries (ends must be taped).
Millen Hardware (1219 Wilmette Ave., 847-251-3060) accepts used CFL and fluorescent tubes. The charge is $.80 each if just dropping off unless purchasing the same number of bulbs you drop off.
Weiss Ace Hardware (1560 Waukegan Rd., Glenview, 847-724-3444) accepts CFL bulbs and fluorescent tubes for $.50 per bulb. They also accept rechargeable batteries (tape ends).
Glencoe Public Works (320 Hazel Avenue., Mon.-Fri., 7 – 3) accepts CFL and fluorescent tubes up to 8’ in length at the front counter.
Thermostats and thermometers must be recycled through SWANCC (see Hazardous Chemical Waste).
For your information, CFLs contain a trace amount of mercury—about 4 mg on average. For comparison, a mercury thermometer contains about 500 mg. There is no release of mercury at any time unless the bulb breaks. If a CFL does break in your home, clean-up instructions are available at the USEPA’s website https://www.epa.gov/cfl/cleaning-broken-cfl.
MUST (http://musicinschoolstoday.org/) will recycle used musical instruments and donate them to public schools in need of assistance throughout the country.
Plant Containers and Vases
West End Florist and Nursery (3800 Old Glenview Rd., Evanston, 847-251-1943) accepts all plastic plant containers during regular business hours from March 1 through April 29 and from July 1 through September 15.
Morning Glory (1135½ Central Ave., 847-256-2575) accepts flower vases of all sizes.
Random Acts of Flowers (2000 Greenleaf St., Ste. #5, Evanston, 847-430-4751) accepts vases to repurpose flower arrangements for health care facility patients. Call before dropping off. Mon.-Fri., 9 – 5.
Plastic bags should not be placed in the curbside recycling container. All recyclables should be loose, rinsed and dry.
Grand Foods - 341 Hazel Avenue, Glencoe IL. 60022 - (847) 835-2842 will accept clean plastic bags, including plastic bags for groceries
Solid Waste Agency of Lake County 1311 N. Estes Street, Gurnee (847) 336-9340 By appointment only on the second Saturday or the fourth Monday of each month will accept propane tanks for recycling.
Styrofoam and Styrofoam Peanuts
Abt Electronics (1200 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview, 847-967-8830; see Appliances) accepts only white Styrofoam in blocks and sheets for recycling at the “Customer Pick-Up” counter Mon.- Fri., 9 – 9, Sat., 9 – 7:30; Sun., 10:30 – 6:30. There is a truck they will direct you to.
Winnetka Public Works (1390 Willow Rd., Winnetka) accepts white Styrofoam (#6 only) in blocks and sheets, as well as any colors of clean carry-out containers, egg cartons and food trays. Drop off in the vestibule facing Willow Rd., Mon.-Fri., 7 – 5. No Styrofoam peanuts.
The UPS Store in Winnetka (1001 Green Bay Rd., Winnetka, 847-446-6899; Mon.-Fri., 8:30-7; Sat., 10 – 4) as well as the UPS Store in Glenview (2516 Waukegan Rd, Glenview, 847-724-3800; Mon-Fri., 8:30 – 7; Sat. 10 – 4) will reuse clean Styrofoam peanuts and, where possible, the boxes in which they shipped.
Go to https://www.tennisballrecycling.com/ to see where you can ship your used tennis balls for a fee.
Rebounces sells a product that can rejuvenate your balls (https://rebounces.com/).
Centennial Tennis Center (2300 Old Glenview Rd., 847-256-6100) takes used tennis balls and donates them to schools and nursing homes.
Tyvek Envelopes and Vinyl
CFS Recycling, 337 A Industrial Drive, Petersburg, VA 23805. (These are white unpadded envelopes with green triangles on them.) For further inquiries, call 804-518-2930.
Adams Plastics (501 N Homan Ave., Chicago) will recycle vinyl. For further information, call 224-248-8010 and ask for Rob LaVoy or see www.adamsplastics.com/.
Brita filters can be recycled through TerraCycle. Go to the following websites to register so you can download a prepaid postage label and take it to a UPS location: (https://www.brita.com/recycling-filters/).
Everpure filters can be recycled through TerraCycle (https://www.terracycle.com/en-US/brigades/everpure).
Pur water filters can be recycled through TerraCycle (https://www.terracycle.com/en-US/brigades/pur-brigade).
To recycle other water filters (for a small fee), including refrigerator filters, https://www.recyclewaterfilters.com/.