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Recycling in Glencoe

Village Recycling Programs

See changes and updates to Village Garbage and Recycling Programs due to the COVID-19 virus here.

Special Recycling Programs
In addition to the LRS curbside recycling service, the Village has partnered with third-party organizations to provide space and staffing for special recycling drop-off programs that cannot be recycled or disposed in the curbside garbage and recycling service. These programs include:

  • Electronic Recycling Drop-Off Appointments
  • Recycling Vestibule Drop-off Center
  • Prescription Drugs and Sharps Disposal
These drop-off programs are located at the Public Works Service Building and the Village Hall. The details of each program are listed below. More options to recycle a larger range of items in the Chicago area can be found on the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) Recycling Directory

Electronics Recycling Drop-Off
State law prohibits the disposal of 17 specific electronic products in landfills. The Village provides a drop-off program, free of charge, at the Public Works Service Building located at 325 Temple Court for the items listed below. Residents may drop off electronics by appointment only, on Wednesdays from 1- 3 p.m. Schedule an appointment online here or call (847) 461-1115 during weekdays. 

 
SCHEDULE ELECTRONICS RECYCLING DROP-OFF APPOINTMENT

Electronics accepted in Wednesdays drop-off program are listed below:

Accepted electronics:

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


Unacceptable electronics: (Check with local electronics retailer, such as AbtElectronics, for recycling availability. These items can be throw out with regular garbage but 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 Vestibule Drop-off Center
The Village provides a drop-off location for other smaller 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. Recycling is available for certain types of batteries, light bulbs, holiday lights, and other specialized items. For additional information please call (847) 835-1115.

Batteries
Residents are encouraged to recycle batteries when possible. Before recycling, it is important to be aware that there are variety of batteries types and only certain types may be dropped off for recycling at the Village. Batteries often can  be identified by reading their labels and some can be a fire hazard when stored incorrectly. When dropping off batteries, ensure the safety of fellow residents and staff by placing the batteries in the correctly labeled bins and taping the terminals of all single-use lithium batteries and placing them in plastic bags. Find more information on identifying batteries, click here.

The following items of batteries may be dropped off for recycling:

  • Single-use Alkaline Batteries (AA, AAA, C, D & 9V), NiCd and NiMh Batteries
    • Examples of single-use Alkaline, NiCd, and NiMh batteries:
Bucket 1
  • Loose Single-Use Lithium Batteries and Lithium-Ion Batteries
    • Loose single-use lithium batteries must have the terminals covered with plastic wrap, electrical tape or duct tape and wrapped in a plastic bag to avoid sparks!
    • Loose single-use lithium batteries look amazingly similar to alkaline batteries. The best way to know the difference is to read the label.
    • Never store alkaline batteries with single-use lithium batteries and/or lithium-ion batteries together, as this is a fire hazard. 
    • Do not attempt to remove an lithium-ion battery that is embedded in a product. 
    • For compliance with the Federal Department of Transportation regulations, all single-use lithium batteries and lithium-ion batteries brought to the Recycling Vestibule Drop-Off Center must be placed in the fire-resistant container provided. 
    • Examples of single-use lithium batteries and lithium-ion batteries:
Bucket 2
 
  • Note: Embedded rechargeable lithium batteries cannot be recycled in the vestibule.
    • Rechargeable lithium batteries are sometimes embedded in a device and not meant to be removed by the consumer. 
    • Many of these types of electronic devices can be dropped off at an Electronic Recycling Drop-Off appointment. See the program above for more information on the types of devices that can be recycled in this program.
    •  If you have a device with an embedded rechargeable lithium battery that is not accepted in the Special Village Electronic Recycling Program, take the product to a recycler when possible, such AbtElectronics or Best Buy, which accept smaller appliances and electronics not often accepted by the Village, for free. 
    • DO NOT attempt to remove embedded lithium batteries from device, as improper removal is a fire hazard and can cause serious injuries.
    • Click here for information on what to do with a cracked or swelling lithium-ion battery. These should be taken to a hazardous waste site.
Light Bulbs
Most light bulbs are safe to put in the trash can including incandescent, halogen and LED bulbs. However, fluorescent  contain small amounts of mercury and are hazardous. The follow types of light bulbs should be dropped-off at the Public Works Vestibule to be diverted from the waste stream and properly recycled: 
  • Four and eight foot fluorescent bulbs
  • Compact Fluorescent (CFL) bulbs
    • Is your light bulb a CFL? Most CFL bulbs can be identified by their distinctive tube, usually in a spiral formation, as shown in the image below. Hint: The glass tube may be encased by outer covering, hold old light bulb to the light  to check for spiral.
  • Note: Incandescent, halogen and LEDs cannot be recycled at the Public Work Vestibule.

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, ribbon, bags and strings. 

Other Specialized Items
Drop-off bins are available for donations to local organizations, such as the Lion's Club in the vestibule. 
  • Cell Phones - remove from case and wipe any personal data
  • Empty Ink Jet Cartridges - remove from packaging
  • Eyeglasses 
  • Hearing Aids
  • Mercury Thermometers

Prescription Drugs and Sharps Disposal
Please note that due to COVID-19 precautions, the Prescription Drugs and Sharps Disposal Program is suspended until further notice.

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. Find more information about sharps disposal here and what to do if you cannot find a sharps container here.

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 many pharmacies are continuing to collect old prescriptions during the COVID-19 pandemic, however most are not taking "sharps." You should call your pharmacy before taking your old prescriptions to confirm. Find more information about safe drug disposal here

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 emailing elist@swancc.org

Paper Shredding 
In 2020, SWANCC will be hosting two paper shredding events in the area that residents of Glencoe are welcome to attend:

  • August 22, 2020: Winnetka, 9 a.m. - Noon
  • September 26, 2020: Wilmette, 9 a.m. - Noon

For more information, including addresses for the paper shredding events, visit SWANCC webpage here. If you are unable to participate in a document shredding event, alternatives have been complied here.