Waste Disposal 
Landfill Trash
What items are banned from going in Illinois landfills:
Auto Batteries
Landscape Waste
Lightbulbs - fluorescent & high intensity
Medical waste
Used Motor Oil

Check with your local community or county for information about disposing of these items properly (see county links below)
What items should NOT go in our landfills:
Electronics - including computers &
   computer-related items, TVs,
   video games, telephones
Household batteries
Household hazardous waste
Medications - do NOT flush down toilets
Medical waste

Check with your local community or county for information about disposing of these items properly
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
Ways to reduce waste
The importance of waste management
The importance of waste management
Visit our Recycling Page for more information
Recycling Bin
There are various ways to deal with garbage, but any traditional practices aren’t as beneficial as we once thought they were. Waste accumulates in landfills and produces methane. Waste in an incinerator it produces dioxin (another harmful greenhouse gas).

The pattern of buying, throwing away and buying again is not only wasteful; it also causes depletion of our natural resources. This is a dangerous spiral that results in threats to biodiversity, deforestation, pollution, and other environmental problems in the Fox River watershed. Through waste reduction, and recycling, we can shrink our environmental footprint.

Here are some easy things you can do to help!
Buy durable products instead of those that are disposable or cheaply made. They last longer.
Repair/restore used items before replacing them.
Buy items you can re-use.  Use china or enamel crockery rather than plastic or paper plates and bowls. Use real cutlery rather than plastic. Pack school lunches in reusable containers with lids.
Buy concentrated products to reduce packaging. Examples are concentrated fruit juice, laundry detergent, fabric softener and window cleaner. Use an electric shaver or a higher quality razor with replaceable blades. Use plug-in appliances instead of those that operate on batteries. Buy items you can recycle locally through curbside collection or recycling centers.
Buy beverages in returnable or recyclable containers. Learn more about recycling options in your community. List all the things you can recycle through your city's curbside program or your local recycling center. Then list the things in your trash that are non-recyclable. Next time you go shopping, look for recyclable substitutes.
Avoid excess packaging when choosing product brands. Buy products in bulk, but only buy an amount you will use: larger sizes reduce the amount of packaging, but smaller sizes reduce leftover waste.
Pass unwanted items on to friends and family. Or sell unwanted items or offer them to someone else for free. Several good websites now exist that allow you to do this. You may also donate unwanted items to a local charity or place of worship.
Make really good use of your waste compost bin or get one. Keep a small container by the sink to put waste items for the compost bin straight in (coffee cans are good for this).
Reduce toxic waste by purchasing paints, pesticides and other hazardous materials only in the quantities needed, or by sharing leftovers.
NEVER dump waste down the street sewer drains!

No Dumpinga

Volunteer and scout groups have stenciled this warning on drains all over the watershed. If you would have a group that would like to do this project in your neighborhood or community, please contact
The Conservation Foundation
Waste Disposal Chart
A Citizen's Guide to Preserving the Fox River
in Illinois