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A-Z Recycling List

  • American Flags:  (drop boxes for old flags) Ace Hardware, 1901 W Wilson, Batavia, 630-879-1330. VFW on 645 S River (Rt.25), Batavia, 630-879-9630. SCARCE, www.scarceecoed.org, 630-545-9710.
  • Ammunition and Gunpowder:  Riverside Spo​rts, 26 N. Bennett (Rt.25), Geneva, 630-232-7047 – call for hours
  • Appliances:  For small household appliances like vacuums, toasters, microwaves; and for large household appliances/white goods like washing machines, dryers, dishwashers; and for any Freon-containing appliances like refrigerators, and air-conditioners – call your waste hauler for costs to place at the curb.
  • Batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, 9V):  Please see the Batteries page.
  • Batteries (auto):  Lead-acid batteries from autos, boats, sump pumps, may be taken to any store that sells them, as they are required to take the batteries they replace. There may be a small fee. Also see the Batteries page.
  • Bicycles:  See http://www.workingbikes.org or email marie@workingbikes.org call 312-421-5048 for drop-offs in your area.
  • Books:  See info on the monthly Kane County Book and Electronics Collection Event.
  • Building Supplies: Habitat for Humanity ReStores in Aurora and Elgin. See the Building Material Reuse page for locations & contacts.
  • Carbon Monoxide (CO):  detectors can be disposed of in the regular trash.
  • Cardboard: Cardboard, paper, and acceptable containers can be recycled in your single-stream recycling containers. See the Recycling Guidelines page.
  • Carpet, Carpet padding: For information on carpet recycling in Kane County please see the box on page two of this Residential Carpet Recycling information sheet.  A full list of Carpet Recycling Drop-off locations in Illinois can be seen here: 
  • Full list of Carpet Recycling Drop-off locations in Illinois.
  • Cars: Contact nonprofit Wheels For Wishes online or at 1-877-351-9474 (WISH). They tow away, auction off, and recycle old cars free of charge. Proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish Illinois.
  • ​​Car seats: Gurnee Police Station, 100 N. O'Plaine Rd, Gurnee, IL 60031; 847-599-7050.OR Falcon Waste and Recycling​, 2 Kennedy Dr, Harvard, IL 60033; 815-334-8689, collected 1st & 3rd Saturdays from 9-11am, $2 fee per car seat. OR BabyEarth RENEW​ Mail-in Recycling Program, 1-888-868-2897, 21 Cypress Blvd, Ste. 1120, Round Rock, TX 78665. 
  • CDs, DVDs, Audio & Video Tapes, Floppy discs, CD cases, Cartridges:  Unfortunately there is not a recycling program for these items currently and so they may go in the trash. Please check back in the future as things may change.
  • Cell phones:  Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave., 630-879-1393. SCARCE, www.scarceecoed.org, 630-545-9710. See this Infographic​ for more options.
  • Chemicals, cleaners, fertilizers, pesticides:  See the Household Hazardous Waste page.
  • Christmas Lights: See the Electronics page.
  • Christmas Trees: See the Christmas Tree page.​
  • Clothing:  See the Textile Recycling page.
  • Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFLs):  Drop-boxes at most hardware stores. Deliver used CFLs in a resealable plastic bag. Also see the Fluorescent Lights page.
  • Computers and computer equipment:  See the Electronics page.
  • Confidential Document Shredding: See the confidential document page.
  • Construction & Demolition Debris:  See ​the complete list of locations on the C&D Recycling document.
  • Containers:  Acceptable containers like cans, bottles, tubs, jugs & jars can be recycled in your single-stream recycling containers. See the Recycling Guidelines page.
  • Cooking Oil:  See the Household Hazardous Waste drop-off for recycling. Or check out this list​ of permanent drop off locations. Or call Hopkins Grease Company at 847-458-1010for information on times for drop-off at 9150 Pyott Road, Lake In The Hills, IL 60156. Or freeze it and put it in the trash on trash day (for landfill disposal).
  • Corks:  Wholefoods and Target, some locations. Also see www.recork.org to find restaurants with drop boxes.
  • Couches:   Furniture that is reusable can be taken to ReStore in Elgin. See the Building Material Reuse page for address. Also Thrift stores. You can also try listing it on Craigslist. Last resort would be to call your waste hauler to have it hauled to the landfill.
  • Crayons:  SCARCE, www.scarceecoed.org, 630-545-9710. Or Crazy Crayons mail-in program, http://crazycrayons.com/recycle_program.html​
  • Crutches: See http://www.workingbikes.org or call 312-421-5048 for drop-offs in your area. 
  • Dehumidifiers & Humidifiers:  The Crusher, 651 W Washington St, West Chicago, IL 60185, 630-231-6888. 
  • Document Shredding:  See the Confidential Document page.
  • Electronics:  See the Electronics page.
  • Eye glasses:  Batavia Public Library, 630-879-1393. SCARCE, www.scarceecoed.org, 630-545-9710. Lions Club Drop Boxes, www.lionsclubs.org, 630-571-5466.
  • Fire extinguishers:  If full or empty: See the Naperville Household Hazardous Waste drop-off page. If empty: Aurora TriState Fire Protection (630-978-0600) will take the old one if you are buying a new one.
  • Fluorescent tube lights:  See the Fluorescent Lights page. Kane County does recycle 4" fluorescent tubes (residential only, no businesses allowed) at the annual Extravaganza event​​
  • Foam:  See Styrofoam below for hard #6 block foam or food service foam. For sponge foam or cushion foam, such as bonded urethane and prime urethane found in carpet padding, and foam mattresses or cushions (must be uncovered, clean and dry), see the list of drop-offs under the heading "carpet cushions and supplies".
  • Furniture, and Household items:  ReStore in Elgin. See the Building Material Reuse page for address. Also Thrift stores. You can also try listing it on Craigs List. Last resort would be to call your waste hauler to have it hauled to the landfill.
  • Gardening plant pots, trays, tags: Drop-off at all Lowes Gardening Centers.
  • Gasoline:  See the Household Hazardous Waste page. 
  • Glass: Glass containers like bottles & jars can be recycled in your single-stream recycling containers. See the Recycling Guidelines page.​ Glass windows or other glass objects, if broken, are trash. Also see "Windows" below.
  • Hangers (clothes):  Many dry cleaners will take these, check with your local cleaner.
  • Hazardous Waste:  See the Household Hazardous Waste page.
  • Hearing aids:  Batavia Public Library, 630-879-1393.
  • Inkjet cartridges/ Toner cartridges:  Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave., 630-879-1393.  
  • Junk Mail:  Remove any plastic inserts & recycle the paper. See info on stopping junk mail on the Junk Mail page.
  • Landscape Waste:  See the Yard Waste page.
  • Latex Paint:  See the Paint page.
  • Lawn Mower:  Gas mowers are scrap metal. Empty the gas (to take to HHW) and take the mower to any of the scrap metal drop-offs. Or alternately, if you live in a neighborhood area, you can try setting it out at the curb on the night before trash day for a metal scrapper to take. It will get recycled that way - an underground recycling system for metal.
  • If, on the off chance it is still working or possibly repairable, you could put it at the curb at any time with a FREE sign on it and see if someone takes it.
  • Light Bulbs (incandescent):  Old light bulbs are not recyclable and can go in your regular trash.​
  • Magazines: Reuse -SCARCE, www.scarceecoed.org, 630-545-9710. Recycling - See the Recycling Guidelines page. Large quantities can also be brought to the monthly Book Recycling​ event.
  • Mattresses: Most thrift stores do not receive mattresses. If it is reusable, try listing it on Craigslist or freecycle. If beyond use, contact your waste hauler for curbside collection. Foam mattresses see Foam listing above.
  • Medications: See the Household Hazardous Waste page, or the Pharmaceutical page.
  • Mercury Thermostats: See the Household Hazardous Waste page. ​
  • Metal: See the​ Scrap Metal Recycling list.
  • Microwaves: The Crusher, 651 W Washington St, West Chicago, IL 60185, 630-231-6888. Or at the curb, call your waste hauler for costs. 
  • Motor Oil:  See the Motor Oil page.
  • Mower:  See Lawn Mower above​​.​
  • Needles:  See the Sharps/Syringes/Needles page.
  • Office, art and craft supplies:  SCARCE, www.scarceecoed.org, 630-545-9710.
  • Oil:  See the Motor Oil page or Cooking Oil above.
  • Packing peanuts:  Shipping and packing stores will reuse clean, bagged and unmixed foam peanuts. Call your local UPS store. Or contact the Peanut Hotline www.epspackaging.org, 800-828-2214.
  • Paint:  Oil paint is HHW, the Household Hazardous Waste page. Latex paint is not hazardous, see the Paint page.
  • Paper:  Paper, cardboard, and acceptable containers can be recycled in your single-stream recycling containers. See the Recycling Guidelines page.
  • Pharmaceuticals:  See the Pharmaceutical page.
  • Phones:  See the Electronics page.
  • Phone Books:  Place in household recycling. To opt out, see the Junk mail page.
  • Plastic grocery bags and plastic film:  See the Plastic Bag page.
  • Propane gas tanks:  Small camp sized propane cylinders and 30-gallon sized tanks, full or empty: The Crusher, 651 W Washington St, West Chicago, IL 60185, 630-231-6888.  30-gallon sized tanks only, full or empty: Naperville HHW (free), see the Household Hazardous Waste page. ​Note that Naperville will no longer accept small camp sized tanks.
  • Record Albums (vinyl): For reuse as a craft item, call SCARCE, www.scarceecoed.org, 630-545-9710​.​ Otherwise they can be thrown in the trash; no known recycling program for these. Cardboard covers can be recycled. 
  • Refrigerators / Large household Appliances:  Call your waste hauler for collection. ComEd has a takeback program for working refrigerators and freezers that are between 10 & 30 cubic feet inside volume, 888-806-2273. They pay you up to $50 and pick it up. Also refrigerators can be taken to The Crusher, 651 W Washington St, West Chicago, IL 60185, 630-231-6888.
  • Sharps: See the Sharps/Syringes/Needles page.
  • Shingles (Roofing): See ​the complete list of locations on the C&D Recycling​ document.​
  • Shoes:  USAgain recycles clothes and shoes. See www.usagain.com for a drop-box near you. Also see: www.shoe4africa.org.
  • Smoke detectors:  These are not banned from the landfill, so you are allowed to throw them into the regular trash. Or you can return used smoke alarms to the supplier - address is usually listed in the product warranty or user's manual. JMAC Supply can help you recycle your detector, www.jmac.com​ or 516-812-0917. 
  • Or use one of these mail in programs: 
  • Curie Environmental Services (NM), 505-888-9392
  • EZ on the Earth​ (IN), 855-327-8455
  • First Alert Corp (IL), 630-851-7330
  • Software:  See the Electronics page.
  • Styrofoam, polystyrene, styrene:  Dart Container Corp, 310 Evergreen Dr., North Aurora, 630-896-4631, www.dart.biz. Recycle Drop-Off is open 24/7. List of accepted items​: block foam #6, clean food containers. NO straws, cup lids, paper, or packing peanuts. If dropping a large load please call for an appointment. See above for Packing Peanuts.
  • Sump Pumps:  The Crusher, 651 W Washington St, West Chicago, IL 60185, 630-231-6888. For large loads, please make an appointment.
  • Syringes:  See the Sharps/Syringes/Needles page.​
  • Televisions: See the Electronics page.
  • Textiles:  See the Textile Recycling page.
  • Tires:  See the Tire page.
  • Toilets:  If under 5 years old and reusable, see ReStore page. If old or broken, please dispose of at the curb. Contact your Waste & Recycling Hauler for cost, and please separate the bowl and cistern so that it is in two pieces for pick-up.
  • TVs: See the Electronics page.​
  • Tyvek:  Recycle quantities of plastic mailer envelopes, banners, and signs​ at Tyvek Recycle. Contact Sheree Hardin 804-518-2905.
  • Walkers & Wheelchairs: See http://www.workingbikes.org or email marie@workingbikes.org call 312-421-5048 for drop-offs in your area.​​
  • Windows: If new, complete w/ unbroken, insulated glass (or under 5 years), see ReStore page. If old or broken, please dispose of at the curb. Contact your Waste & Recycling Hauler for cost, and please duct tape an X on both sides of glass for pick-up.
  • X-rays:  Pick-up: B.W. Recycling, Inc., 877-217-7020, http://www.xrayfilmsrecycling.com/pick-up-rates/Chicago-Illinois.htm.
  • Drop-off: Cardinal Recycling, 815-416-1499, www.cardinalrecycling.com/services.html.
  • Yard waste:  Collection programs are managed by towns and waste haulers. See section on Back Yard Composting on the Composting page and see the Yard Waste page for links to your city or village program.
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