Recycling in Glencoe

Village Recycling Programs

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

Curbside Recycling Collection Program
Recycling in Glencoe is currently collected by Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS). Pick-up is once a week on your regular garbage collection day.

  • Place 95-gallon Village recycling carts at the curb, with handle facing your house, no later than 7 a.m. the day of collection
  • Mix all recyclable materials together in the cart, no separation is necessary with single stream recycling, do not bag recycling materials, items should be loose in the cart
  • List of Acceptable Items

Collection Map
Community Portal Collection Day Look-Up  |  View Printable Collection Map
The Village is divided into four zones for primary garbage and recycling collection. Primary collection days are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Should you choose to have twice-weekly collection, your second collection day is as follows:

  • Monday Primary - Thursday second day collection
  • Tuesday Primary - Friday second day collection
  • Thursday Primary - Monday second day collection
  • Friday Primary - Tuesday second day collection

Holiday Schedule
When a holiday falls on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday, your regular garbage and recycling services will resume one day later than normal (i.e. if New Year's Day is on Monday, Monday collection will be Tuesday and Tuesday collection will be Wednesday, with regular service resuming on Thursday). The Village observes the following holidays: 

  • New Year's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day 
  • Christmas Day

Special Recycling Programs

Electronics Recycling Drop-Off
Please note that due to COVID-19 precautions, the Electronics Recycling Drop-Off Program is suspended until further notice.
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 for the items listed below. Residents may drop off electronics by appointment only, on Wednesdays from 1- 3 p.m. To schedule an appointment call (847) 835-4134 or schedule an appointment online here

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

Accepted electronics:

  • Cable Receivers
  • Computer Monitors
  • 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: (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 Vestibule Drop-off Center
Please note that due to COVID-19 precautions, the Recycling Vestibule Drop-Off Center is closed until further notice. 
The Village provides drop-off of 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. 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
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 COVD-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 
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 shreddings events, click here

Please note the following instructions before attending the events:

  • Residents are limited to six file-size boxes or paper bag of "sensitive documents."
  • No magazines, newspapers, store receipts, photos or books will be accepted.
  • No business paper, including "home businesses" will be accepted.
  • Please remove any paper clips or binders from all paper. Staples are accepted.
  • Please remove all paper from plastic bags.