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:
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!
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
- 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.
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.
It shall be the responsibility of every homeowner, his agent or occupant, where vegetable and food matter are prepared, served or produced to maintain in good order and repair suitable containers for use as receptacles for domestic garbage and other refuse.
HOW DO I ESTABLISH GARBAGE SERVICE?
If you are new to the Village, establishing your garbage service is as easy as picking up the phone and calling Waste Management at (800) 796-9696. Waste Management bills residents directly and sends out refuse and recycling bills on a quarterly basis.
WHAT ARE MY GARBAGE & RECYCLING COLLECTION DAYS?
To view a map of garbage and recycling collection days, please click here. Waste Management does not pick up on the following holidays: New Years Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. If your collection falls on one of those holidays, your garbage and recycling while be picked up the following day. Any subsequent collection days will also move forward one day.
WHAT SIZE AND TYPE OF CONTAINER CAN I USE?
Suitable containers for single-family/single-family attached dwellings shall be made of metal or plastic, not exceeding thirty (30) gallon capacity each, and sold commercially for the specific purpose of garbage and refuse disposal. The container shall have a close fitting top or be capable of being tightly closed by tying the top. Sixty (60) or ninety (90) gallon refuse containers may be rented on a monthly basis from Waste Management at 1(800) 796-9696.
WHAT ABOUT MULTI-UNIT DWELLING COMPLEXES?
Suitable containers for multi-family dwellings shall be made of metal or plastic with a capacity of thirty (30) gallons or more, designed for the specific purpose of garbage and refuse disposal. The licensed waste hauler shall be responsible for supplying and maintaining the container(s) to all multi-family complexes. The container shall have a close fitting lid, and shall be kept closed at all times when garbage or refuse is present.
HOW IS GARBAGE PLACED OUT FOR PICK UP?
Garbage, refuse or recycling containers and lawn waste must be placed out for pick up by 7:00 a.m. on the day of pick up, regardless of the time the area is normally serviced. Please keep in mind that road construction, equipment availability or other factors may require service times to vary without notice, so it is important to place containers out on time, rather than relying on normal service routines.
Containers may not be placed out for pick up on any parkway, street, or public way for the purpose of being emptied, until the hour of six o’clock (6:00) pm on the day prior to pick up. All containers shall be removed by seven o’clock (7:00) pm on the scheduled day of pick up. Garbage or refuse must be stored and placed out for pick up so that it cannot be blown about or scattered by the wind, or be an attractant to insects, rodents or animals
CAN I DISPOSE OF MY GARBAGE MYSELF?
All persons owning or occupying real estate within the residential areas of the Village shall dispose of garbage and refuse through the municipal waste system. The franchised waste hauler shall collect all system waste. The Village establishes all charges and rates for solid waste disposal and recycling. Residents may not dispose of their garbage and refuse on their own.
On days other than collection days, all garbage, refuse and recycling containers shall be kept in the garage or in a reasonable location within the side or rear yard of any property. No container(s) shall be stored or maintained within the front yard area of any property at any time.
Yard Waste Collection
Yard waste is picked up each year from April 1 to December 15. Yard waste collection takes place the same day as the homeowner's garbage collection date.
Yard waste includes leaves, brush, grass clippings, garden waste, and tree and brush trimmings. Under the Village collection program, yard waste must be placed in 30-gallon biodegradable "yard waste type" paper bag, unlined 30-gallon rigid metal or plastic garbage can, or in the 90-gallon wheeled containers available through Waste Management.
Plastic bags may not be used for any yard waste, and will not be picked up by Waste Management
Yard Waste Stickers Are Required
Each homeowner participating in the program will be required to purchase a sticker(s). Each sticker costs $2.50, which covers the cost of pick up and disposal of the yard waste, and they come in packs of 10. Residents shall affix one (1) sticker on each 30-gallon container (paper bag, metal/plastic trashcan) weighing no more than 45 lbs, or three (3) stickers on the 90-gallon wheeled container available through Waste Management. Residents must face the sticker on the street side of the container(s) for proper pick up.
Stickers are available for purchase at the Village Municipal Complex and at a number of retail outlets. The following stores sell yard waste stickers:
- Jewel Food Store (20 W. Biesterfield Rd)
- Ace Hardware (821 Nerge Rd) - May Charge Convenience Fee
Small Branch Pick-Up
If you have any brush or tree trimmings, cut them up and bind them into bundles of no more than four (4) feet in length, two (2) feet in diameter and weighing no more than fifty (50) pounds per bundle. Tree trimmings and branches cannot be wider than three and a half (3.5) inches in diameter. Please do not bind the bundle with wire or nylon cord.
No sticker is required for brush or tree trimmings as long as they are prepared properly.
Spring Large Branch Pick-up Program
The Village appreciates our resident’s efforts to maintain their property and recognize that disposing of tree debris from Spring cleanup may be difficult. The Department of Public Works conducts a Large Branch Collection Program to assist residents for one week during the Spring.
For more information on this program and the upcoming dates, please click here.
Large Appliance (White Goods) Pick Up
In July of 1994, the State of Illinois banned the disposal of large appliances (white goods) from all state landfills. These appliances contain chlorofluorocarbon refrigerant gases (Freon), insulating foam, PCBs and/or mercury (in switches) which can harm the environment if placed in a landfill. In addition, they also contain numerous metals and a steel shell which can also be recycled.
State law prohibits the disposal of appliances in landfills. A separate truck will collect appliances on your regularly scheduled pick day.
Please call Waste Management at (800) 796-9696 to schedule a pick-up at $40.00 per item.
The following items are accepted:
Washer Freezer Dishwasher
Stove Dehumidifier Air conditioner
Furnace Hot water heater
Please note: Appliance pickup services do charge a fee to dispose of old/unwanted large appliances.
Many appliance dealers will also take away your old appliance for free or for a nominal charge.
Waste Management, the Village residential refuse collector, provides a bulk item collection service to dispose of discarded materials which are too large to be handled by their regular refuse collection equipment.
Residents disposing of bulk items must notify Waste Management by phone at 1 (800) 796-9696 to request a bulk item pickup.
Residents must place all bulk items at the curbside for proper collection on their regular refuse collection day. There is no cost to the resident for this service. Collection is limited to one (1) bulk item, or one (1) cubic yard, whichever is larger. Waste Management may charge residents for any bulk items that exceed the limits set forth by the Village.
Bulk items are any item including, but not limited to:
Carpeting (10 rolls, rolls not to exceed 4 feet in length)
Bedding (mattresses, box springs, frames)
Lawn care equipment(gasoline or oil must be emptied)
Snowblowers (gasoline or oil must be emptied)
Furniture (sofas, loveseats, chairs, bookcases, shelving units, pianos, organs, desks, lawn chairs)
Kitchen cabinets (disassembled)
Toilets (separate tank from seat)sinks
Old garbage cans
If disposing of boards or planks, items must have nails removed and be tied into bundles weighing less than 50 pounds and less than 3 feet in length.
The Following Items Are Not Included in the Bulk Item Pick-Up Program:
Electronic items are not included as bulk items. Visit the Computer/Electronic Recycling page for more information.
White goods (large appliances) are not included in the bulk items pickup service. Visit the Appliance Pick-Up page for more information.
WHAT IS COMPOSTING?
Composting is a naturally occurring process that breaks down plant waste such as leaves, grass, and non-woody plant material into useful compost or humus.
WHAT IS MULCHING?
If you have small amounts of yard waste you can incorporate this directly into the soil. This is called mulching. Bury yard waste (grass and/or leaves) at least six (6) to eight (8) inches below the soil surface. Avoid mulching with grass that has been chemically treated with pesticides or herbicides. These may harm your plants or you directly by being taken up in vegetables. A large amount of yard waste calls for the creation of a compost pile.
WHAT IS A COMPOST PILE?
First, what a compost pile is not! A compost pile is not a pile of leaves, grass and other vegetable material piled on the ground in the corner of your property and left to rot. Proper maintenance of a compost pile is required to prevent the harborage for rodents and other wild animals, and to prevent a smelly and unsightly nuisance to you and your neighbors.
Some basic requirements must be followed to ensure your compost pile does not become a nuisance, but healthy and odor free.
Elk Grove Village only allows grass, leaves, non-woody plant material, and chipped wood in compost piles.
The depositing of garbage, food waste, pet waste, meat scraps, fat or grease or materials that may attract animals or pests to a compost pile or which may produce obnoxious odors is strictly prohibited.
A compost pile must be contained in some type of enclosure. Simple compost containers can be constructed of galvanized wire fencing or snow fence, boards, bricks, or cement blocks. It is critical that compost structures have adequate openings to allow sufficient air flow. A compost pile should be at least three (3) to five (5) feet high. You may also purchase a commercially constructed container.
Compost piles shall not be more than five (5) feet in height, and not have a maximum ground or base area of more than one hundred (100) square feet.
Compostable material must be placed in such a way that the material will not become windblown.
Compost piles shall only be permitted in rear yards, except that portion of the rear yard wherein a drainage easement exists, and in no case shall a compost pile be located in any front or side yard.
ANYONE CAN COMPOST IF YOU FOLLOW THE PROPER PROCEDURES.
REMEMBER A HEALTHY COMPOST PILE IS PEST AND ODOR FREE.
WHERE CAN I RECYCLE CFLs?
To assist you in that effort the Village is providing a CFL recycling program to provide an environmentally safe way to dispose of your CFls. Just bring your spent CFL(s) to the Community Development Department, located in Village Hall during normal business hours. CFLs must be placed in a sealed plastic bag before dropping them off for recycling. Residents are limited to dropping off a total of 12 CFLs per visit.
Village Hall, 901 Wellington Ave
Community Development Counter
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
CFLs FROM COMMERCIAL OR INDUSTRIAL BUSINESSES CANNOT BE ACCEPTED.
WHAT ABOUT TWO (2) FOOT OR FOUR (4) FOOT FLUORESCENT LIGHTS?
The Village only accepts compact fluorescent bulbs. Please do not bring two or four foot fluorescent lights to the Village for recycling. As a member of SWANCC, Village residents can bring these lights to any SWANCC member community that accepts these bulbs. Visit www.swancc.org for disposal locations in the area.
WHAT ARE COMPACT FLUORESCENT LIGHTS (CFLs)?
A CFL is an energy saving, long life fluorescent bulb that fits into a standard light bulb socket. CFLs produce about the same amount of light as a standard (incandescent) light bulb, but use 2/3 less energy and last 10 times longer. Each CFL can save at least $25.00 in energy costs over the use of a standard bulb. CFLs produce 70% less heat than a standard bulb and are cool to the touch.
WHY IS RECYCLING CFLs IMPORTANT?
Each CFL contains a small amount of mercury sealed within the glass tubing. A CFL contains an average of five (5) milligrams mercury, roughly equivalent to the tip of a ball point pen (a mercury thermometer contains 100 x that amount). Mercury poses a potential health risk, and therefore should be recycled.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF A CFL BREAKS?
Because there is such a small amount of mercury in a CFL, there is no immediate health risk if a bulb breaks and it is cleaned up properly. If a CFL should break simply wet a paper towel, wipe up the breakage, put the contents in a sealed bag and throw away in the garbage. Do not vacuum up broken pieces, and open windows to ventilate if possible.
Be careful when removing the CFL from its packaging, or when installing/replacing one. Always screw or unscrew the bulb by its base and never forcefully twist the CFL into a light socket by its tubes.
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics an estimated 16.6 million Americans were victims of identity theft in 2012. The Federal Trade Commission recommends that all personal documents be shredded before throwing them in the trash.
The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) provides seasonal Document Destruction Events from May through October, hosted by member communities. These events are free and limited to Village residents and residents of other SWANCC communities. A complete schedule of document destruction events can be found on the SWANCC website.
Elk Grove Village hosts one Document Destruction and Electronics Recycling event annually in June, and the details on this event can be found on the Village website calendar.
E-Waste Drop-off Program
Starting January 1, 2012, the State of Illinois began enforcing the recycling law known as the Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act. The law bans certain electronic items, such as computers and televisions, from Illinois landfills. Elk Grove Village residents will no longer be able to place certain unwanted or unused electronics out at the curb for disposal after that date.
To assist residents of member communities the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) has developed an environmentally safe way to dispose of unwanted or unused electronic items. Click here to find out more about the SWANCC electronics recycling drop-off program, including a list of accepted materials, on the SWANCC website.
NOTICE: As of January 1, 2019, the following electronics are no longer accepted at SWANCC drop-off locations or one day events: answering machines, household appliances (such as toasters, blenders, coffee makers, lamps, vacuum cleaners, etc.), microwaves, shredders and stereo equipment. Any working electronics can be donated for reuse. Microwaves can also be taken to metal scrap yards, such as Elgin Recycling, which offers multiple locations for scrap metal recycling. All other broken electronics that are not accepted by SWANCC can be thrown away in the garbage.
Residents can find information on locations that accept electronics for recycling (some in Elk Grove Village!) using the map of electronics recycling locations available on the SWANCC website. You can see a preview of the map below.
Locations marked in GREEN accept televisions (fees may apply). Locations marked with a GREEN RECYCLING SYMBOL are SWANCC drop-off locations and all accepted items are free of charge to residents of Elk Grove Village.
Additionally, SWANCC hosts a number of one-day electronics recycling events during the spring and summer, including one in Elk Grove Village each June. A full schedule of one-day events can be found on the SWANCC website. Once it is scheduled, the date for the Elk Grove Village event will be posted on the Village Calendar.
For further information please contact the Village Manager's Office at (847 357-4006) or SWANCC at swancc.org.
Holiday Light Recycling
Did you purchase a new set of holiday LED lights this year and don’t know what to do with your old lights? Do you have a set of holiday lights or an extension cord that you can’t get to work? Don’t throw them in the garbage. You can recycle them free of charge.
The Village accepts unused and non-working Holiday string lights and extension cords as part of the SWANCC Holiday Lights Recycling Program. SWANCC and participating communities have partnered with Elgin Recycling Inc. to recycle the lights and cords. The strands are separated and baled and sent to be chopped or shredded and sold as a commodity to foundries and mills in the United States. Most importantly they will be kept out of the landfill!
Residents can drop off their unwanted holiday string lights and extension cords on the first floor of the Elk Grove Village Municipal Complex beginning November 1 through March 31:
Community Development Counter
Elk Grove Village Municipal Complex, 1st Floor
901 Wellington Ave.
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
November 1 - March 31
Call (847) 357-4220 for more information. The Village cannot accept garland, live greens, wreaths, or other non-recyclable materials.
Household hazardous waste (HHW) items are materials purchased for cleaning or maintaining a home, such as aerosol cans, household cleaners and pesticides.
There are only a few disposal sites for HHW in the State of Illinois. The closest location for Elk Grove Village Residents is in the City of Naperville, which is only open on Saturdays and Sundays, excluding holidays. No material may be dropped off at any other time.
Naperville HHW Collection
156 Fort HIll Drive, next to the Public Works Service Center
Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., excluding holidays
For a complete list of accepted items at this disposal site, please click here to visit the City of Naperville website.
For a list of other HHW disposal sites, please click here to visit the Illinois EPA website.
HOW CAN I DISPOSE OF PHARMACEUTICAL DRUGS AND SHARPS?
Elk Grove Village residents are able to drop-off expired and unwanted pharmaceuticals, medications and needles (sharps) for disposal in an environmentally–safe and secure manner. Materials may be brought to the Fire Administration counter in the lower level of the Elk Grove Village Municipal Complex, 901 Wellington Avenue.
Village Hall, 901 Wellington
Fire Administration Counter
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
WHAT MATERIALS ARE ACCEPTED?
Prescription medications, over the counter medications and sharps are collected in the program. Liquid medications and pharmaceutical controlled substances are not accepted in this program.
WHAT ARE PHARMACEUTICAL CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES?
The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) classifies certain pharmaceuticals as controlled substances. Such drugs generally include narcotics, stimulants, depressants, hallucinogens, anabolic steroids, and cannabis.
HOW SHOULD THE MATERIALS BE HANDLED?
All materials dropped off must be labeled to identify contents. Do not remove labels from containers. Names and addresses can be crossed out with an indelible marker to protect privacy, but the contents must be identified. If a container is not labeled, please identify the contents on the container.
Sharps (needles/syringes) must be placed in a sealed rigid container. The Village can provide you with 1 qt. sharps containers. Residents may also use containers such as a laundry detergent bottle or coffee can with the lid taped and sealed. Additionally, any container must be placed in a zip lock bag.
WHY CAN’T I JUST FLUSH PRESCRIPTION DRUGS DOWN THE TOILET OR SINK?
Flushed medications can get into our lakes, rivers, and streams. Research has found substantial quantities of antibiotics, and steroidal hormones in the nation’s rivers, lakes and wells. These drugs can affect fish and other wildlife living in these water bodies.
Antibiotics and pharmaceuticals have also been found in public water supplies. Waste water treatment plants and water filtration plants are not able to remove these chemicals and they can wind up in public drinking water supplies.
WHY CAN’T I JUST THROW NEEDLES IN THE TRASH?
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, each year, 8 million people use more than 3 billion needles, syringes, and lancets (sharps) for home health care. Some sharp users throw their used sharps in the trash or flush them down the toilet. Loose used sharps mixed in with other trash can injure sanitation workers during garbage pickup, or workers at sorting, recycling or landfill facilities. Sharps also get lodged in equipment requiring removal by hand increasing the risk of being stuck. Children, adults and pets are at risk from sharps that are disposed of in public or private settings.
THIS PROGRAM IS FOR RESIDENT-GENERATED WASTE ONLY. MEDICATIONS OR PHARMACEUTICALS GENERATED FROM PROFESSIONAL HEALTH CARE BUSINESSES, SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS, OR OTHER BUSINESSES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
Should you have additional questions, please contact the Fire Department at (847) 357-4245.
Human exposure to mercury can result in adverse health effects. Mercury exposure has been linked to nervous system, kidney and liver damage. It can impair childhood development in young children. Pets and animals can also be affected by mercury exposure.
WHY ARE MERCURY THERMOMETERS A PROBLEM?
Mercury thermometers are easily broken, creating a possible risk of exposure to mercury vapors in your home. Throwing them into the garbage can cause contamination of the environment.
HOW MUCH MERCURY IS IN A MERCURY THERMOMETER?
A mercury thermometer contains about one (1) gram of mercury. It might not appear like a lot, but it is enough to contaminate all the fish in a lake with a surface area of twenty (20) acres.
CAN MERCURY THERMOMETERS STILL BE PURCHASED?
The sale, distribution, or manufacture of mercury thermometers has been prohibited in the State of Illinois since July 1, 2004.
ARE THERE SAFER ALTERNATIVES?
There are a number of accurate and safe alternatives to mercury thermometers out on the market today.
WHAT IS THE MERCURY THERMOMETER EXCHANGE PROGRAM?
Residents may bring in their unwanted unbroken mercury thermometers to the Village for proper disposal. The Village will also take thermostats and wall switches.
ALL ITEMS MUST BE BROUGHT IN A SEALED PLASTIC BAG.
All mercury thermometers will be exchanged for a new, mercury free thermometer at no cost.
WHERE DO I BRING THE MERCURY THERMOMETERS?
Bring your thermometers, thermostats, and wall switches to the Community Development counter located on the first floor of the Village Municipal Complex during normal business hours.
WHAT DO I DO IF I BREAK A MERCURY THERMOMETER IN MY HOME?
Go to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, www.epa.state.il.us or to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, www.epa.gov. for information on how to handle a mercury spill in your home.
PLEASE DO NOT BRING, LIQUID MERCURY OR CHEMICAL COMPOUNDS, METERS OR ANY OTHER KIND OF WASTE. NO BUSINESS-GENERATED WASTE WILL BE ACCEPTED.
When deciding on where your rain barrel should be located please note that Village Ordinance does not allow rain barrels to be located in the front yard of any property. Rain barrels may only be located in the side or rear yards of residential properties.
The Village further requires that you maintain your rain barrel properly to prevent mosquito breeding. Your rain barrels must be equipped with a mosquito proof screen on the lid and inside the overflow hole to keep mosquitoes and other insects out. Keep your rain barrel lid sealed and keep rain barrels free of organic matter. If you suspect mosquitoes are inside your rain barrel, empty your barrels completely. By the next rain it will be filled again.
In the fall you will have to winterize your rain barrel. Ensure that your rain barrel is empty of any water. Keep your spigot open so water will not accumulate and freeze. Don’t forget to disconnect your diverter downspout and reconnect your original downspout. You can also turn your rain barrel upside down or bring it inside (your best option to prolong its life).
Remember to keep children away from rain barrels. Keep lids secure so children or pets cannot fall into the barrel. Locate the rain barrel on a stable surface. A full rain barrel may weigh 400-500 lbs. Make sure the rain barrel is not a tipping hazard for yourself or small children. Do not try to move a rain barrel when it is full. Water collected in rain barrels should not be used for drinking or cooking purposes.
The Village no longer subsidizes the cost of rain barrels. Rain barrels are available at Steiner Electric, 1250 Touhy Ave. in Elk Grove Village. Their phone number is (847) 228-0400. The cost per rain barrel is $85.00 + tax. Residents need to go to the “Will Call” counter to purchase and pick up their rain barrel(s). Steiner Electric’s hours are Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sat. from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. You must use cash or check to purchase a rain barrel. No debit/credit cards are accepted.
GUIDE TO HOUSEHOLD PAINT DISPOSAL: Latex or Oil-Based
Each year Elk Grove Village residents flush gallons of leftover or unwanted paint down their sinks and drains, and dump many more gallons into their trash cans. By doing this, residents can overwhelm water treatment plants and damage a landfill’s protective barriers. The resulting contamination fouls surface waters we all depend on for drinking, cooking, and recreation. The following are some simple ways residents may deal with leftover latex paint in an environmentally safe and friendly manner.
Oil-Based Paint ONLY (NO LATEX PAINT) can be dropped off for disposal at the follow location:
Fire Station #4 , 1971 Brookdale Road, Naperville, IL, (630) 420-4190
Saturday & Sunday, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM, except holiday weekends
There are also a number of paint and/or hardware stores in the area that will accept latex paint for recycling for a small fee. The cost varies at each store.
Paint stays in good condition for a long time. Latex paint will last for up to 10 years. As a general rule, paint that mixes smoothly when stirred can still be used. If latex paint has been frozen, brush it on a newspaper. If there are no lumps, it hasn’t been damaged and can be used. If you do save your paint for later, follow some easy tips to make paint last longer. Just cover the opening with plastic wrap, and make sure the lid fits securely so the paint doesn’t leak. Turn the paint can upside down to create a tight seal, and store in a cool dry location. Do not allow the paint to freeze.
Purchase only the paint that you need. Reducing the amount of paint you buy can significantly reduce the amount of waste paint generated. Always try to accurately calculate the amount of paint required before making a trip to the store. Most paint retailers are willing to help calculate the proper amount of paint needed for a particular project.
Use up excess paint. Consider applying additional coats of paint to existing projects until all remaining paint is used up. Small quantities of excessive paint can be saved and used for touch-up purposes or on other small projects.
Paint something else. It doesn’t have to need the paint. Brush paint on an old piece of cardboard, newspaper or some scrap lumber, than toss it in the trash. You can paint the inside of your garage or basement walls. Just about anywhere would probably work to use up that last bit of paint.
Donate excess paint to those who need it. Giving a friend or neighbor any leftover paint is a great way to reduce the amount of waste paint generated. Schools, community organizations, theatre groups, churches and other non-profit agencies may also be interested in using any excess paint.
Discard dried paint with the regular trash. While recycling or reuse is the preferred disposal method for waste latex paint there is another option. Latex paint (not oil–based) can be dried out and disposed of with your regular trash pick up. Place open cans containing small amounts of latex paint in a well ventilated secure area away from children and pets. Allow paint to dry thoroughly. For larger amounts of paint add equal amounts of kitty litter, sawdust, shredded paper, oil dry, or sand to absorb moisture and speed up the drying process. Place solidified paints (with the lids off) in your trash container. If possible empty the can, dry it out, and recycle it
If you are planning to move. Find a friend who can use up your leftover paint or have that neighbor dry out your latex paint for you. Bring the latex paint to your new home and dry it out there. Ask a friend or neighbor to bring it to a recycling location for you.
If you have any questions regarding the proper disposal or recycling of oil based/latex paint, or recycling or hazardous waste please call the Community Development at 357-4220.
Residents are discouraged from disposing plastic bags with regular refuse because they can clog sorting machinery or blow away before reaching the waste facility. Instead, plastic bags can be dropped off for recycling at many major grocery and some retail stores for recycling. Stores that collect plastic bags for recycling in Elk Grove include:
20 Biesterfield Rd
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
801 S Meacham Rd
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
The recycling bins are normally located near the front entrance of the store.
Disposing cooking oil and grease down the drain can stick to sewer piping and cause build-ups or even clogs. This practice can result in a costly fix for homeowners or the Village. Oils and grease also interfere with processes at wastewater treatment facilities.
Residents are encouraged to dispose their used cooking oil and grease at the following businesses. Please call for further details concerning time of operation and permissible materials.
A & J Sewer
1055 Courtesy Ln.
Wheeling, IL 60090
Grease trap services. Also accepts residential
cooking oil when dropped off at address above.
Naperville Household Hazardous Waste Facility
156 Fort Hill Drive
Naperville, IL 60540
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday
Accepts peanut oil. This facility accepts many
additional items for recycling. See site for details.
Used Motor Oil
On July 1, 1996 the State of Illinois banned motor oil from being disposed of in landfills within the State. The release of used motor oil, either intentional or otherwise, can have adverse affects on the environment. More than 200 million gallons of used motor oil is improperly disposed of on the ground, tossed in the trash, or poured down the storm sewer or household drain.
JUST ONE GALLON OF USED OIL IMPROPERLY DISPOSED OF CAN CONTAMINATE ONE MILLION GALLONS OF DRINKING WATER.
Used motor oil never wears out. It gets dirty and can be recycled, cleaned, and used again. Recycling used motor oil conserves a natural resource (oil). If all the oil that is improperly disposed of were properly managed or recycled, the United States could save millions of barrels of oil each year.
Recycling your used oil.
After draining the oil from your car’s crankcase, pour the oil into a clean, leak proof container with a screw-on top. Many household containers are suitable, including original motor oil containers. NEVER USE CONTAINERS THAT HELD HOUSEHOLD CHEMICALS, SUCH AS BLEACH. Make sure that the container has a secure lid so it cannot spill. Containers designed for carrying used motor oil; also may be purchased at automotive supply stores. If you don’t recycle your used oil immediately, never store it outside or in an area accessible to children or pets.
What to do with your used motor oil?
Your used motor oil can be recycled or disposed of in a variety of ways. You may bring oil to one of the three Illinois Environmental Protection Agency’s household hazardous waste permanent drop-off locations.
Naperville - Fire Station #4
1971 Brookdale Rd.
Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 2 pm
City of Chicago
1150 N. North Branch on Goose Island
Tuesday: 7 am to Noon, Thursday: 2 pm to 7 pm
First Saturday of every month: 8 am to 3 pm
(312) 744-7672 for more information
Rockford - Rock River Reclamation District
Saturday: 8 am to 4 pm, Sunday: Noon to 4pm
Also check with retail outlets, local service stations, or automotive maintenance businesses (lube centers, repair shops, or car dealerships). Never drop off used oil without calling ahead to check if those businesses accept waste oil.
NEVER MIX MOTOR OIL WITH OTHER WASTE AUTOMOTIVE PRODUCTS SUCH AS GASOLINE, ANTIFREEZE, WATER, OR SOLVENTS.
WASTE MANAGEMENT WILL NOT PICK UP USED MOTOR OIL DURING YOUR NORMAL WEEKLY GARBAGE AND RECYCLING PICK UP.