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A-Z Recycling and Re​use List

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Aerosol Products: ​Flat Can Recycling works with Kane County to recycle aerosol products including paint (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 cost per can to recycle - price differs depending on location​.

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: Bikes can be delivered year-round to the following Working Bikes drop-off sites for refurbishment and reuse. Batavia Bicycle Commission (info@bikingbatavia.org​) takes bikes, repairs and donates to community members (or Working Bikes). Main Street Bikes (39 East Main St., Carpentersville; 847-783-0362) collects bikes for the DT Boys & Girls Club to refurbish and reuse bikes. Please call in advance to make sure they are taking bikes at this time. ​And please label the bikes "DONATION" before you drop off.

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.

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: ​Target & Walmart sometimes run drop-off events, call your local store for details.​ Or they can be disposed of​ in the garbage.​

CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, cassettes, floppy discs, printer cartridges and media cases​: Unfortunately there are ​next to no local recycling programs for these items currently and they can​ go in the trash if a mail in program is not right for you. However, 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​. 

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: 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 847-458-1010, 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: Wholefoods and Target, some locations. ​Also see recork.org to find restaurants with drop boxes.

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.

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.​

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​.

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.

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!

Hazardous Waste: See the Household Hazardous Waste page.

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

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

Holiday Lights: See the Electronics page.

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: 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 your mower 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.

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

Light Bulbs (incandescent): Old light bulbs are not recyclable and can go in your regular trash.

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 for free as part of the deal.

If beyond use, Verlo Mattress locations will take mattresses for recycling, for a minimal fee. Call for details: C​rystal Lake 815-455-2570; ​Lake Geneva 262-249-0420; McHenry 815-578-8375. 

If it is reusable, the Chicago Furniture Bank will take it for donation, or you can list it on Craigslist or freecycle.  As a last resort, you can also ​contact your waste hauler to schedule and for costs to have it picked up and landfilled​.

Also see these online Mattress Disposal Guides from Myslumberyard.com, ​Sleep.org​Tuck.com,​ RestRightMattress.com and HealthySleepy.com​. ​

Medical eq​ui​pment:Project C.U.R.E. in Woodridge take medical supplies for sorting and redistribution in areas of need. Contact Operations Director, Daniel Pyne at​ 312-813-8873.

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

See this local article​ on donation.

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: See the Electronics​ page for drop-off locations. Also you can recycle them at he Crusher, 651 W Washington St, West Chicago, IL 60185, 630-231-6888, OR St. Charles Scrap, 3N780 Powis Rd., West Chicago, IL 60185, 800-697-2727. OR you can leave it at the curb for landfill, call your waste hauler for costs. Despite what they may tell you, they CAN take microwaves, as they are NOT one of the 17 electronic items banned from landfills. But of course recycling is always the better option!

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: Some shipping and packing stores may reuse clean, bagged and unmixed foam peanuts. Call your local shipping store. Or contact the Peanut Hotline www.epspackaging.org, 800-828-2214.

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: See the Electronics page.

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

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

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

Printer Cartr​idges (ink and toner): Many manufacturers and retailers run take-back programs for empty printer cartridges. 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: 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.

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

Software: See the Electronics page.

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.​

Spray Cans/Aerosol Products: ​Flat Can Recycling works with Kane County to recycle aerosol products including paint (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 cost to recycle: $0.75 - $1.00 per can depending on location​.

Also see HHW page.

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. If dropping a large load please call for an appointment. 
Chicago Logistic Service, 1333 Davis Road, Elgin, IL 60123, 847-429-1926. Accepts: block foam #6, clean food containers, packing peanuts & bubblewrap.

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.

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 the Electronics page. ​

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