Recycling Links:
Recycling Centers - search by zip
County Links:
DuPage County Green Initiatives
Kane County Recycling Website
Kane County Recycling Facts
Kendall County Green Pages
Lake County - Solid Waste Agency
McHenry County Green Guide
Northern Cook County Solid Waste Agency
Other Links:
Illinois Recycling Association
Don't forget to recycle:
Plastic Bags
Take back grocery, produce, newspaper, and dry cleaning bags (remove receipts) to any Dominick’s, Jewel, or Wal-Mart store. 100 billion plastic grocery bags are used in the U.S. each year, or about 333 per person. Only about 4% are currently recycled.
Used Clothing and Textiles
Call your favorite charity or look for one of the metal collection boxes from “U’SAgain” located around the County. Call (800) 604-9533 for the location nearest you. Recycle worn-out and torn clothing too.
Scrap Metal, such as pipes, gutters, swing sets, etc. – take it to a metal recycling center (look in the phone book under “Recycling Centers”)
Household items
Usable dishes, small appliances, lamps, other home furnishings – look in your yellow pages under Resale Stores. Goodwill Industries has donation centers on Randall Road in Batavia, Carpentersville, and South Elgin
In Kane County:
Dart Container Corp.
310 Evergreen Drive, North Aurora
Anytime (bins by main entrance)
• Foam packing blocks
• Food containers
  (cups, plates, fast-food boxes)
NO: straws, cups lids, paper
      or packing peanuts
For more info call: (630) 896-4631
Compact Fluorescent Bulbs
Each of the new bulbs contains a small amount of mercury. The small, new-style bulbs may be taken to any Ace Hardware or the lighting dept. of any Home Depot store for recycling.

The old-style fluorescent tubes contains more mercury than the new types and should be handled through a Hazardous Waste program.
Recycling has many benefits. A major one for our Fox watershed is to help reduce the need for additional landfills.

Many communities in the Fox watershed have recycling programs. Though you need to check with your own community to make sure, most common items that can be put out for curbside programs include:
• Newspaper and inserts
• Magazines, catalogs, and phone books
• Office, computer, notebook, and gift wrap paper
  (no metal clips, spirals, binders, foil)
• Junk mail and envelopes (no plastic cards foil or tyvek envelopes)
• Chipboard - cereal, cake, shoe, gift, tissue boxes
• Cardboard boxes. Must be flattened and cut to 3’ x 3’
• Brown paper grocery bags
• Paperback books (no hardcover books)
• Juice cartons and boxes
Aluminum Cans
• Please empty and rinse
• Aluminum foil, pie plates, trays (must be cleaned)
Steel/Tin Cans
• Soup, fruit, beans, tuna cans and lids -- Please empty and rinse
• Metal paint cans and lids - Must be empty and dry
• Empty aerosol cans
• Small cookie tins
• Clear, brown, green -- Please empty and rinse. Labels are OK

NO window glass, dinnerware, ceramics, mirrors, light bulbs
Plastics -- look for code on bottom of container
• #1 PET bottles and boxes
   (water and soda bottles, some fruit boxes)
• #2 HDPE bottles (milk, juice, laundry detergent)
• #3 PVC bottles (health and beauty products, cleaners)
• #4 LDPE containers (margarine tubs, vegetable oil, 6-pack rings)
• #5 PP containers (yogurt, syrup, ketchup, etc.)
• #7 Other -- Narrow neck containers only
• Plastic buckets, such as kitty litter containers
  (5 gallon max. size, no metal handles)
Plastics NOT accepted
• Bags (should be returned to stores)
• Film (no plastic wraps, sandwich bags, tarps)
• Containers for motor oil, pesticides or chemicals
• #6 plastic – Styrofoam, polystyrene
  (packing peanuts, blocks, meat trays, egg cartons)
Visit our
Waste Disposal Page
for more information
A Citizen's Guide to Preserving the Fox River
in Illinois