Recycling in Glencoe

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 and curbside collection programs that cannot be recycled or disposed in the curbside Lakeshore Recycling Garbage and Recycling Collection Services. These specialty programs include:

  • Electronic Recycling Drop-Off Appointments
  • Recycling Vestibule Drop-off Center
  • Food Scraps Composting Drop-Off Station
  • Curbside Textile Recycling with Simple Recycling
  • Prescription Drugs Drop-Off with Public Safety
  • Wednesday Sharps Disposal 
  • SWANCC Document Destruction Events and Recycling Directory
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) 461-1153 during weekdays. 


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:

Accepted Materials at Recycling Vestibule Drop-Off Center:
  • Single-use Alkaline Batteries (AA, AAA, C, D & 9V), NiCd and NiMh Batteries
  • *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!
  • Four and eight foot fluorescent light bulbs
  • Compact Fluorescent  Light (CFL) bulbs
  • Holiday String Lights
    • Available November 1 through April 1
  • Cell Phones 
  • Empty Ink Jet Cartridges
  • Eyeglasses
  • Hearing Aids
  • Mercury Thermometers
Before bringing materials to the Vestibule Recycling Center, please familiarize yourself with the vestibule guidelines below:

           The following types of batteries can be recycled at the vestibule:
  • Single-use Alkaline Batteries (AA, AAA, C, D & 9V), NiCd and NiMh Batteries
  • *Loose Single-Use Lithium Batteries and Lithium-Ion Batteries*
Residents are encouraged to recycle single-use alkaline, Nicd, NiMh  and lithium batteries when possible at the Public Works Recycling Vestibule or at other retailers. Whenever disposing of single-use and loose lithium batteries in the garbage cart or for recycling, always place individual lithium batteries in a plastic zip bag, wrap in plastic film or tape the terminal end with duct or electrical tape to eliminate the risk of sparking a fire. Regionally, over the past few years, the number of fires have been rising at document destruction events, the Glenview Transfer Station, at Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs), and during garbage and recycling transport – all due to residents incorrectly disposing of lithium batteries.  Furthermore, while alkaline batteries can be disposed in the garbage as well, recycling these batteries leads to the recovery of precious metals, including zinc, manganese, brass and streel. 

Before recycling batteries, please remember the following:
  • Be aware that there are variety of batteries types and only certain types may be dropped off for recycling at the Village ( single-use alkaline, Nicd, NiMh  and lithium batteries ). Batteries often can  be identified by reading their labels.
  • Loose lithium batteries are often found in cordless electronic devices, such as laptops. Never remove an embedded lithium battery in a device, as a puncture in the battery could create a fire. 
  • When dropping off batteries for recycling, ensure the safety of fellow residents and staff by placing the batteries in the correctly labeled bins. Cover the terminals of all lithium batteries with duct or electrical tape, place in individual plastic bags or wrap with plastic wrap.
  • Beware of single-use lithium and lithium ion batteries that show signs of swelling, smoking, leaking or overheating. Immediately put them in an absorbent, non-flammable material, such as sand or cat litter, in a cool, dry area. Take to a Household Hazardous Waste facility. NEVER put a damaged Lithium battery in the garbage or recycle! 
  • Automotive and Other Batteries: Lead acid batteries automotive, marine and sump pump are prohibited by IL State law from being disposed of in the trash. See outlets for getting rid of these batteries by searching for batteries on SWANCC’s Reuse and Recycling Directory.
  • Learn more about recycling batteries by clicking here!
Light Bulbs
The following types of light bulbs can be recycled at the vestibule:
  • Four and eight foot fluorescent bulbs
  • Compact Fluorescent (CFL) bulbs
Fluorescent light bulbs, including tubes and CFLs, contain small amounts of mercury and are hazardous. Fluorescent light bulbs should be dropped off at the Public Works Vestibule to be diverted from the waste stream and properly recycled.

Before recycling light bulbs please note the following:
  • Most light bulbs are safe to put in the trash can including incandescent, halogen and LED bulbs (although these light bulbs can be recycled at area hardware stores such as Home Depot and Batteries Plus). Incandescent, halogen and LEDs cannot be recycled at the Public Work Vestibule.
  • Don't know if you bulb is fluorescent? 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.
Holiday Lights Recycling Program
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. The Holiday Lights Recycling Program is held in partnership with Elgin Recycling www.elginrecycling.com 

Food Scrap Composting Station
The Village provides a composting drop-off station for residents, year-round and at no additional cost. The station is located at 320 Temple Court, behind the Public Works Garage. The station is serviced by Lakeshore Recycling Systems and the list of acceptable material can be found here.  The station is not intended for yard waste and only Kraft paper bags are allowed in the bins. Please do not place any plastic bags in the bins, including "biogradable" bags. 

Simple Recycling Curbside Textile Recycling
Did you know that only 15 percent of post-consumer textiles are donated or recycled? Through a Sustainability Task Force initiative, the Village of Glencoe has partnered with Simple Recycling, a recycling company partnering with WasteZero, to bring a curbside textile recycling program to Glencoe residents. This services provides a convenient and free option for diverting textiles from the landfill. To participate in this program, fill a Simply Recycling orange bag with textiles and shoes, including those textiles that can be reused again as well as old rags for recycling. Place the orange bag next to your garbage and recycling carts at the curb on your primary garbage and recycling day. Simple Recycling will take care of the rest! Have more questions or want more Simple Recycling orange bags? Visit Simple Recycling FAQs. 

Please note that Simple Recycling is for-profit recycling company. If you would prefer to donate your textiles to a non-profit organization, you still have the option to give to your favorite charity. The Village and its residents are not paying for Simple Recycling's services.

Want to know more about how the program started? Visit the Sustainability Task Force textile recycling webpage

Wednesday Sharps Disposal
Sharps disposals can be dropped off at Village Hall (675 Village Court) on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. - 4 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.

Prescription Drugs Takeback Program
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 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. 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

Document Destruction Event
SWANCC sponsors a number document shredding events in the Northshore area during the summer months. The Village of Glencoe hosts a dual document destruction and electronic recycling event in odd numbered years (i.e. 2021).  SWANCC sponsors other events annually in the  the surrounding area. Find out more about events in the area here