Guide to Recycling

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What to Recycle

It’s time to get back to the basics of good recycling. The fact is that some recycling actions make a bigger impact than others. Remember the essentials.  Increasing the amount of paper, cans, and bottles that go into the recycling cart and decreasing contamination can make a huge difference. 

 Waste Management's Recycle Often. Recycle Right, an educational campaign that focuses on bringing consumers and businesses back to recycling basics, promotes three basic tenets to better recycling:

recycling guidelines

For more information what to recycle, and other information on the Village waste and recycling collection program, please download the 2014 Elk Grove Village Waste and Recycling Collection Guide.  

The Department of Community Development also has free RECYCLING MAGNETS to help you know what to recycle. Pick one up next time you are at Village Hall!

Why Recycle?

The Village receives a per ton rebate for recyclables. Refuse, on the other hand, must be sent to a landfill at a cost of $60 per ton to Village residents. Tossing recyclables into the trash costs the Village, and you, in disposal costs and lost revenue. 

Recycling saves you money. By recycling you can help to:

  • Improve the environment
  • Preserve natural resources
  • Conserve landfill space
  • Avoid costly landfill disposal costs
  • Reduce global warming

Recycling In Elk Grove Village

Since 1988, Elk Grove Village has provided recycling service to the community. Elk Grove Village was one of the first communities in the state of Illinois to offer a curbside recycling program to its residents.

 Elk Grove Village provides all residents with the opportunity to recycle including:

  • Single-family homes
  • Condominiums
  • Apartment complexes
  • Multi-family homes

For single-family residences, recycling is collected on the same day as your garbage pickup. Residents of condominium and apartment complexes need to follow the rules established by the owner, complex association, or management company. 

In 2004, Elk Grove Village won the division 4 “cans for cash city recycling challenge” for the most aluminum cans recycled in a month sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. 

Recycling Carts

In 2003, the Village instituted the recycling cart program. The carts have a 64 or 35 gallon capacity. These carts have made it easier to place recyclables at the curb, protect the recyclables from wind and weather, increase the amount of materials that could be recycled, and eliminated the need to separate recyclable materials. The following guidelines describe how to properly handle the containers:

  • Break down or cut up any large cardboard boxes before placing them in your recycling cart.
  • Make sure the lid on your recycling cart is closed and opens towards the collection vehicle.
  • Place the cart at least three feet away from your garbage containers, and away from any overhanging trees, yard waste, and mail boxes.
  • Recycling containers must be at the curb no later than 7:00 AM the day of pick up, or no earlier than 6:00 PM the night before pickup.
  • The carts must be removed from the curb by 7:00 PM the day of pick up.
  • Except on garbage and recycling pick up day, recycling carts may not be stored anywhere in front of your home. They must be stored in the garage or in the side or rear yards.

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