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​Aerosol Products: Empty and depressurized aerosol cans that contained non-hazardous products like food or non-flammable personal care products can be put in curbside recycling bins. To depressurize the can, keep holding the trigger for a while even after all product is dispensed until all propellant is released and no more hissing sound can be heard. 

Additionally, Kane County works with Flat Can Recycling to recycle almost all aerosol cans, whether part-full or empty, at Kane County Recycling Centers. See Accepted Materials​ list.  Flat Can also has drop-off locations throughout the Chicago area, including the Ace Hardware in Geneva at 617 W State Street. There is a $1 per can cost to recycle through Flat Can to cover disassembly and transport.

See our Aerosol Cans page to learn more about recycling these items.

Also see HHW page.​​​

Air Conditioners: The Crusher, 651 W Washington St, West Chicago, IL 60185, 630-231-6888.​

American Flags: (drop boxes for old flags) Kane County Government Center Veteran's Office in Building A, 719 S. Batavia Ave., Geneva, 630-208-3841. Ace Hardware, 1901 W Wilson, Batavia, 630-879-1330. VFW at​ 645 S River (Rt.25), Batavia, 630-879-9630. ​VFW at 117 S First Street, West Dundee, 847-428-9006. SCARCE, www.scarce.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, blenders, fans, coffee makers, and microwaves can be brought to Kane County Recycling Centers

​Certain large household appliances/white goods that do not contain Freon (washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, ovens) are accepted at our Batavia and Aurora centers.  For any Freon-containing appliances like refrigerators, freezers, and air-conditioners – call your waste hauler for costs to place at the curb. Also, many of these items can be taken to The Crusher in West Chicago, 630-231-6888.

Bakeware (metal, coated & uncoated): ​Do not put in curbside cart. Reusable items can be donated to a thrift store. Unusable items​​ ​can be recycled at Kane County Recyc​ling Centers​ (Aurora drop off or Batavia Center) or at a scrap metal recycler.

Ballasts (from fluorescent bulb fixtures): Elgin Recycling, 847-741-4100. Also, please see the Fluorescent Lights page.

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: There are a few programs that accept year-round bicycle donations for refurbishment and support of charitable causes. 

In the tri-cities, Bikes for Batavia​, part of the Batavia Biking Com​mission, repairs donated bicycles and supplies them to community members in need. For info, email bikesforbatavia@gmail.com. 

In Aurora, ​All Spoked Up bike shop located at 14 W. Downer Place, Suite 12​, collects bicycles for Working Bikes, a Chicago non-profit. Call 630-801-9005 for information about donating a bike. See a map of other Working Bike drop-off sites here

Up north, Main Street Bikes at 39 East Main St. in Carpentersville works with the Dundee Boys & Girls Club to refurbish and reuse donated bikes. Please call 847-783-0362 to schedule a donation. ​

Bicycle Tires and Inner Tubes: Prairie Path Cycles, 160 W. Wilson St., Batavia, has a program for tires and tubes. There is a fee of $2 per tire and $0.25 per inner tube. Call 630-406-9749 for hours and info.​​

Books: Books can be brought to Kane County Recycling Centers​. Also see betterworldbooks.com​ for local parking lot drop-boxes. SCARCE​ also takes books. 

Bubble Wrap: Some shipping and packing stores will reuse clean bubble wrap with no tape on it. Call your local store for details. Bubble wrap, bubble mailers, and air cushions can be recycled with Plastic Bags and Films.

Building Supplies: Habitat for Humanity ReStores in Aurora and Elgin. See the Building Material Reuse page for locations & contacts.

Butane Lighters: Lighters can't be recycled due to the fuel residues. If you have a lighter you don't want, make sure it is completely empty of fuel (hold down trigger/igniter until all hissing stops), then throw out in normal trash. ​NOTE: if you use a lighter frequently, you can reduce waste by buying a refillable lighter. 

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. If you have bulk, you can bring flattened boxes to the Kane County Recycling Centers.

Carpet, Carpet padding: currently no recycling options. Landfill trash.

Cars (whole): ​Breast Cancer Car Donations​ provides funding for prevention, screening and diagnosis, treatment and/or cure of breast cancer.
Kars4Kids supports educational and social welfare programs for children. Also accepts real estate donations, boats, RV’s, and motorcycles. Will tow for free within 48 hours. 
Kids Car Donations​ funds raised by auctioning cars go towards programs and services for challenged teens and children.​
Veteran Car Donations​ accepts both working and non-working vehicles to provide assistance to veterans and their families.
Wheels For Wishes 1-877-351-WISH (9474). They tow away, auction off, and recycle old cars free of charge. Proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish Illinois. 
​Also Goodwill Car Donation​.

Car/auto components: This article​ describes a number of local options for recycling and safe disposal of a number of auto components, including oil and oil filters and auto glass.

Car seats: ​New in 2022, there's a local, year-round option for recycling car seats! You can drop child car seats or boosters off at Municipal Marking Distributers/Flat Can Recycling at 17 Galligan Road in Gilberts, M-F, 7am - 4pm. Flat Can will also be collecting car seats at our October 8 Recycling Event. Please note, there is a $20 fee for recycling a car seat with Flat Can to offset the cost of disassembly and routing the many different material types for proper recycling​.

Target & Walmart also occasionally host free drop-off events, call your local store for details.​ We will post these event dates on our homepage as we learn about them.

Car seats can legally be disposed of​ in the garbage though may require an extra sticker - check with your hauler.​

CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, cassettes, floppy discs and their cases​: These are items where reuse is better than recycling. Large thrift stores such as Goodwill and Salvation Army accept commercially recorded CDs, DVDs and VHS tapes in their original packaging and in playable condition for resale. 

There are mail-in options for recycling.​ ​The company GreenDisk offers a fairly affordable self-pack and self-mail option for small volumes of material (~25lbs and under) and will accept all forms of media and cases. Both GreenDisk and TerraCycle​ offer pre-paid collection box options for larger volumes of material​. ​

Cell phones: Batavia Public Library, 10 Batavia Ave., 630-879-1393. SCARCE, www.scarce.org, 630-545-9710. See this Infographic​ for more options.

Chemicals, cleaners, fertilizers, pesticides: See the Household Hazardous Waste page.

Christmas Lights: Accepted at Kane County Recycling Centers.

Christmas Trees: See the Christmas Tree page.

Cigarette Filters: ​Cigarette filters are made of several materials and are not recyclable in normal streams. However, TerraCycle does offer recycling of cigarette filters and other components. Please, whatever you do, don't throw butts on the ground; they contain plastic components that take a long time to decompose and often end up washed into storm drains, streams and rivers. Please dispose of filters in a designated "butt stop" or in the trash.

Cigarette Lighters: See Butane Lighters above.

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: Accepted at Kane County Recycling Centers​. See the Electronics page for info on data safety. There is a fee to recycle computer monitors and televisions, which covers the cost of staffing the sites (and is the only fee allowable under state law). The fee is $25 for screens under 21" measured diagonally and $35 for 21" and over. The fee is irrespective of technology type (rear projection, LCD, plasma, etc.) The fee is not applied to​ screen-attached devices like tablets or laptops.

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 847-458-1010, for 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: Peaceful Parlour, 212 S. Third St., Geneva accepts natural corks for recycling through ReCork. Synthetic cork i​s not accepted. There is a small fee to cover shipping - please call for pricing (630) 232-6300.

Couches: Couches and other upholstered furniture in very good condition can be taken to a Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Aurora or Elgin. See the Building Material Reuse page for addresses. Thrift stores may also take these items. You can also try listing them on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace​​. Last resort would be to call your waste hauler to have it hauled to the landfill.

CPAP Machines: ​Machines in good working order under 5 years in age can be donated for re-use. Project C.U.R.E.​, with a drop-off location in Woodridge, accepts them. Additionally, the American Sleep Apnea Association accepts donations by mail. 

Digital machines that cannot be donated can be recycled through our recycling centers.​

Crayons: SCARCE, www.scarce.org, 630-545-9710. Or Crazy Crayons mail-in program,
https://www.crazycrayons.com/​

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.

DVDs: see CDs above.

Electronics: ​Many consumer electronics must be recycled by law! See the Electronics page for more info.​ The vast majority of electronics can be brought to Kane County Recycling Centers

Eye glasses: Batavia Public Library, 630-879-1393. SCARCE, www.scarce.org, 630-545-9710. Lions Club Drop Boxes, www.lionsclubs.org, 630-571-5466.

Fabrics​ & Fabric Scraps: See the Textile Recycling page.

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.

Flags: see American Flags above.​

Fluorescent tube lights: Geneva Ace Hardware (617 W State St, Geneva, 630-208-6600) will take them for free as part of a County program. Also see the Fluorescent Lights page. Kane County recycles 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.

Food Scraps: See Organics Drop-offs​ or Backyard Compost Bins​.

Freezers​​: ​Many municipal waste contracts include disposal of white goods, including fridges and freezers. Call your waste hauler for pricing and details. Most metal scrappers require that refrigerants be removed by a trained technician prior to drop-off. However, Elgin Recycling will accept in-tact fridges and freezers for a $35 per item refrigerant reclamation fee.  

Furniture, appliances and home improvement materials: Consider donating any furniture, appliances or home improvement materials in very good condition to Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Aurora or Elgin. See the Building Material Reuse page for addresses. Thrift stores may also take these items. You can also try listing these items on Craig's​ List or Facebook Marketplace​. 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.

Gas and other liquid fuel containers (empty): Let the containers sit with the lids off for at least 3 days so that vapors dissipate. Place the empty, aired out containers in household trash. Do not put in curbside recycling due to contamination concerns.​

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. Also you could call a local nursing home and see if they need them. ​Please d​o not put in your curbside recycling cart!

Hard hats: Flat Can Recycling/Municipal Marking Distributors now accept old and damaged hard hats for recycling at no charge. Drop of M-F, 7am - 4pm at 17 Galligan Rd., Gilberts, 60136.

Hazardous Waste: See the Household Hazardous Waste page.

Hearing aids: Batavia Public Library, 630-879-1393.

Helium tanks: ​Any helium tank marked as refillable should be returned to the original vendor. Tanks marked as non-refillable can be recycled as scrap metal at the Fabyan and Aurora Kane County Recycling Centers (or at private metal ​​scrapping facilities) IF AND ONLY IF they are prepared carefully following the steps demonstrated in this video​

Holiday Lights: Accepted at Kane County Recycling Centers.

Inhalers (medical): At the time of writing (October 2022), Walgreens is the only pharmacy chain that accepts inhalers through it's free store take-back kiosks​​. The County's Batavia and Aurora Recycling C​enters also accept inhalers as aerosol items for a fee of $1 each. Inhalers can also be disposed of through household hazardous waste programs.

Jewel (CD) cases: See CDs above.

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: Electric mowers (battery or plug-in) are accepted at Kane County Recycling Centers. Gas mowers are also accepted at the Batavia and Aurora sites but must be drained of all gasoline and other fluids. These fluids must be disposed of as household hazardous waste. Most metal scrappers will also take gas powered mowers, but again, they must be drained of fuel.

LED Bulbs: LED light bulbs may be recycled at Geneva Ace Hardware (617 W. State St. 630-208-6600)​.

Light Bulbs (incandescent and halogen): these light bulbs are not recyclable and are​ non-hazardous, so they can go in your regular trash.

Lighter Fluid: ​Lighter fluid (butane) is a household hazardous waste. It can be disposed of through a HHW program​. Empty and part-full pressurized butane containers can also be recycled at our Fabyan and Aurora recycling centers, and at Flat Can Recycling​ at 17 Galligan Rd., Gilberts for a fee of $1 per can.

Lighters: See Butane Lighters above.

Magazines: Reuse - SCARCE, www.scarce.org, 630-545-9710. Recycling - Can go in curbside bins. Large quantities can be brought to Kane County Recycling Centers

Mailers and Shipping Supplies: Mailer envelopes that are all one material (i.e. all paper or all plastic) can be recycled. Paper mailers can go into curbside bins. Plastic envelopes, bubble mailers, and air cushions can be recycled with Plastic Bags (but NOT in curbside bins). Mailers of mixed materials (paper outside with bubble wrap inside) cannot be recycled and should be avoided.

Mattresses: Always ask the store where you buy your new mattress if they will take your old one and recycle it when the new one is delivered.

If a mattress is reusable, the Chicago Furniture Bank will take it as a donation. This non-profit organization collects furniture and provides it to Chicagoans in need at no cost to recipients. They have a pick up service for a scalable monetary donation depending on the amount of material being collected.  

If beyond use, Verlo Mattress locations will take mattresses for recycling as part of their long-standing recycling program. Call for details: West Dundee 847-846-8800; C​rystal Lake 815-455-2570; ​Naperville 630-961-9191.

There are also new online companies that provide online quotes and schedule mattress recycling. Bedr World will pick up and recycle mattresses, box springs, bed frames, bunk beds, futons, hospital beds, soft bedding and related accessories. Mattress Disposal Plus takes a similar suite of items.

As a last resort, call your waste hauler to enquire about disposal of your mattress through bulk item trash pick-up.​

Medical eq​ui​pment:​ Project C.U.R.E. in Woodridge take medical supplies for sorting and redistribution in areas of need. Email procure@projectcure.org or contact Operations Director, Daniel Pyne at​ 312-813-8873 with questions.

Organizations like hospitals can donate medical equipment through Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach at mission-outreach.org 

See also this local article​ on donation.

Medications: See the Household Hazardous Waste page, or the Medication page.

Mercury Thermostats: See the Household Hazardous Waste page.

Metal: See the Scrap Metal Recycling list.

Microwaves: Accepted at Kane County Recycling Centers.​ They can also usually be recycled through any metal scrapper. Microwaves can also been thrown away as household trash - call your waste hauler for costs. 

Motor Oil: See the Motor Oil page.

Mower: See Lawn Mower above​​.

Musical Instruments: Reuse - SCARCE, www.scarce.org, 630-545-9710.

Needles: See the Sharps/Syringes/Needles page. 

Office, art and craft supplies:
SCARCE, www.scarce.org, 630-545-9710.

Oil: See the Motor Oil page or Cooking Oil above.

Oxygen tanks: Full or empty: The Crusher, 651 W Washington St, West Chicago, IL 60185, 630-231-6888.

Packing peanuts: Bagged packing peanuts are accepted for recycling at Chicago Logistics Service, *new location* 701 Wesemann Drive, West Dundee. Drop off between 9am and 4pm at door 109 behind the building at the loading dock.

Additionally, some shipping and packing stores may reuse clean, bagged and unmixed foam peanuts. Call your local shipping store to ask. 

Paint: Oil-based paint is HHW, see the Household Hazardous Waste page. Latex paint is not hazardous, see the Paint page. 

Pallets: See the C&D list​ for options.​​​

Paper: Paper, cardboard, and acceptable containers can be recycled in your single-stream recycling containers. See the Recycling Guidelines page. If you have bulk, you can bring it to Kane County Recycling Centers.

Pharmaceuticals: See the Pharmaceutical page.

Phones: Both land-line and cell phone equipment are accepted at Kane County Recycling Centers.

Phone books: Place in household recycling. To opt out, see the Junk mail page.

Photographs: No recycling options known. Place in household trash​.

Pill bottles: ​Before recycling, think of whether you can reuse to store beads, paperclips, or other small things. The religious charitable organization Matthew 25: Ministries​ of Ohio has a mail-in program for reuse and recycling of empty, clean pill bottles. Larger empty pill bottles (more than 1" diameter) can go in curbside recycling with lids and labels on, though you may wish to black out your personal info on prescription labels. If reuse or mail-in options don't work, small pill bottles (1" or less diameter) can go out in the trash.

Plastic grocery bags and plastic film: See the Plastic Bag page.

Prescriptions: See the Medication page.

Printer Cartr​idges (ink and toner): ​When you buy ink or toner, check the packaging; some manufacturers provide a pre-paid shipping label to ship the empty item back. If you lose the label or it didn't come with one, check the manufacturer website - you might be able to print one for free. Additionally many big office supply stores like Staples and Office Depot accept ink and toner cartridges for recycling, though they may ask you to sign up for a free reward​s program in order to track your recycling (there is usually a monthly quantity limit). 

​Additionally, the company GreenDisk offers a fairly affordable self-pack and self-mail option for small volumes of material (~25lbs and under). Both GreenDisk and TerraCycle​ offer pre-paid collection box options for larger volumes of material​.​

Propane gas tanks: ​​Small camp-sized propane cylinders are accepted at the Kane County Recycling Centers for $3.50 per item. ​30-gallon sized tanks, full or empty are accepted at The Crusher (free of charge), 651 W Washington St, West Chicago, IL 60185, 630-231-6888​. Otherwise, propane tanks should be disposed of as Household Hazardous Waste.

Railroad Ties: See Lakeshore Recycling on the C&D Recycling document.​

Record Albums (vinyl): For reuse as a craft item, call SCARCE, www.scarce.org, 630-545-9710​.​ Otherwise they can be thrown in the trash; no known recycling program for these. Cardboard covers can be recycled.

Refrigerators (inc. mini-fridges, wine chillers, etc.): ​Many municipal waste contracts include disposal of white goods, including fridges and freezers. Call your waste hauler for pricing and details. Mo​st metal scrappers require that refrigerants be removed by a trained technician prior to drop-off. However, Elgin Recycling will accept in-tact fridges and freezers for a $35 per item refrigerant reclamation fee. 

Refrigerator Water Filters: See water filters, below

Scrap Metal: See the Scrap Metal Recycling list.

Sharps: See the Sharps/Syringes/Needles page.

Shingles (Roofing): See ​the complete list of locations on the C&D Recycling​ document.

Shoes: Paired shoes (in wearable or unwearable condition) can be brought to the Kane County Recycling Centers

Shredded paper: See Document Shredding​ page.

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.
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

Solar panels:  This is a fairly new field of recycling so there are not yet a ​lot of options, see Sept. 2019 article. You can contact Dynamic Lifecycle Innovations, in Wisconsin for more information; 877-781-4030.​

Sports/performance nutrition product wrappers: ​Folks who have ever trained for a marathon or who take long bike rides are likely familiar with the various gels, bars and chews that are used to help athletes stay at the top of their game. Prairie Path Cycles now has a free drop off program for empty wrappers. Drop off at 160 W. Wilson St., Batavia or call 630-406-9749 for hours and info.

Spray Cans/Aerosol Products: ​​Empty and depressurized aerosol cans that contained non-hazardous products like food or non-flammable personal care products can be put in curbside recycling bins. To depressurize the can, keep holding the trigger for a while even after all product is dispensed until all propellant is released and no more hissing sound can be heard. 

Additionally, Kane County works with Flat Can Recycling​ to recycle almost all aerosol cans, whether part-full or empty, at Kane County Recycling Centers. See Accepted Materials​ list.  Flat Can also has drop-off locations throughout the Chicago area, including the Ace Hardware in Geneva at 617 W State Street. There is a $1 per can cost to recycle through Flat Can to cover disassembly and transport.

See our Aerosol Cans page to learn more about recycling these items.

Styrofoam, polystyrene, styrene:

Dart Container Corp​, 310 Evergreen Dr., North Aurora, 630-896-4631. Recycle Drop-Off is open 24/7. A​ccepts: block foam #6, clean food containers. NO straws, cup lids, paper, or packing peanuts. 
Chicago Logistic Service, *new location* 701 Wesemann Drive, West Dundee, 847-429-1926. Drop off point is open 9am - 4pm and is through door 109 behind the building at the loading dock. Accepts: block foam #6, clean food containers, packing peanuts & bubble ​​​wrap.​
Flat​ ​Can Recycling/Municipal Marking Distributors, 17 Galligan Rd., Gilberts, 60136, M-F, 7am - 4pm. A​ccepts: block foam #6, clean food containers. NO straws, cup lids, paper, or 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: All types of televisions are accepted at Kane County Recycling Centers. There is a fee to recycle televisions and computer monitors, which covers the cost of staffing the sites (and is the only fee allowable under state law). The fee is $25 for screens under 21" measured diagonally and $35 for 21" and over. The fee is irrespective of technology type (rear projection, LCD, plasma, etc.)

Textiles: See the Textile Recycling page.

Thermostats: Drop bins located at: Ace Hardware stores in Elgin (215 N Spring) and Geneva (617 W State Street).

Tires: See the Tire page.

Toilets: If under 5 years old and reusable, can be donated to Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Aurora or Elgin (See the Building Material Reuse page for addresses). 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.

Trophies: DeKalb Iron & Metal, 900 Oak St. DeKalb, IL 60115, 815-758-2458. ​​​M-F 8-4, Sat 8-11:30. Also see here​.

TVs: See Televisions, above.

Video (VHS) Tapes,​ Cassettes and their cases: See CDs above.​​

Walkers & ​Wheelchairs: See http://www.workingbikes.org or call 312-421-5048 for drop-offs in your area.

Water Filters: ​There generally are not local recycling programs for the carbon-material water filters used in refrigerators and water pitchers. Try contacting the manufacturer of the appliance and/or filter or searching their website for recycling options. RecycleWaterFilters.com has a relatively affordable​ pre-paid self-pack-and-mail program for filters of any brand. These items should not go into curbside recycling bins whole. If disassembled with carbon material, screws and gaskets removed, the plastic casing can be placed in curbside​ bins.

Windows: If new, complete w/ unbroken, insulated glass (or under 5 years), can be donated to Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Aurora or Elgin (See the Building Material Reuse page for addresses)​. 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:
Drop-off: SCARCE, www.scarce.org, 630-545-9710​
​Pick-up (for 50 lbs. or more)​: B.W. Recycling, Inc., 877-217-7020, http://www.xrayfilmsrecycling.com/pick-up-rates/Chicago-Illinois.htm.

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.








Other resources:

Search earth911.com to find where to recycle nearly anything!

Also see this great new list on how-to-recycle-anything: personalcreations.com​

Use www.craigslist.org or www.freecycle.org to list unwanted items or to find great deals on used items​​​​