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Additional Recycling Program Links

 

Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb (CFL) Recycling 

(Public Works Currently Accepting Items for Recycling)
Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs) have been in the media spotlight lately focusing on their environmental benefits. They do however contain mercury vapor, which makes disposing of the bulbs a concern.

In response to this issue the Village in cooperation with the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) offers a free recycling program to Mount Prospect residents. Residents can bring their CFLs and four foot fluorescent to the Public Works department during normal business hours (Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) for recycling. CFLs should be brought to Public Works unbroken and in a zip lock bag for proper recycling.

This program is for residentially generated CFLs and is not for commercial or industrial businesses. Please do not bring incandescent bulbs in for recycling. Incandescent bulbs are not hazardous and can be disposed of with your regular solid waste.

For more information on the program, please visit the Village website or contact the Public Works Department at (847) 870-5640.

Medication/Sharps Recycling Program (Public Works Currently Accepting Items for Recycling)
This program is for residents that live one of SWANCC’s 23 member communities. No prescription drugs or sharps from businesses, schools or hospitals will be accepted. IDs will be checked for verification of residency.   Residents can bring medications and sharps for disposal to the Public Works Department during normal business hours (Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.).

General tips:
Prescription drugs that are more than a year old should be disposed of properly.
Turn in non-prescription medicines without an expiration date that are more than six months old.
Keep Pharmaceuticals in their original containers with labels to identify contents.
Sharps need to be placed in a rigid container with a sealed lid. A new sharps container will be provided.
Acceptable Items:
Unused/Expired prescription medications
Prescription cough syrup
Prescription ear drops and eye drops
Expired over the counter medications
Residential sharps

Unacceptable Items:
Pharmaceutical Controlled Substances
Institutional or business waste
Non-prescription liquids
Household Chemical Waste


At-Home Computer Pickup Program
The At Home Computer Pickup Program provides SWANCC-area residents with a convenient recycling option for old electronics and computers.

For $25.00 you can recycle 6 items. Additional items are $5 each with a maximum of 15. Cell phones and calculators are accepted at no cost and do not count toward your item total, however we do need to know how many you will be recycling.

Simply schedule a pickup and place your items by your front door on the assigned pickup day. It’s that easy!

Download At Home Computer Pickup brochure

To be eligible to participate you must:

Live in a SWANCC member community
Have street level access to front door (no condos, apartments)
All materials in SWANCC’s program will be dismantled domestically and recycled by an ISO 14001 and 9001 certified contractor. Due to these recycling efforts, natural resources and energy are conserved, materials are recovered or disposed of in a safe manner as well as landfill space saving.

Electronic Recycling Drop-off Program

Electronic Recycling Drop-Off opens Wednesday, April 9, 2014.  The drop-off will be open every Wednesday between the hours of 10am - 12pm begining April 9 and running through the last Wednesday in October.

In September 2009, Illinois became the 16th state to adopt an electronics recycling law known as the Electronics Products Recycling and Reuse Act (SB2313). This legislation bans certain electronic items, mainly computers and televisions, from Illinois landfills starting in January 2012. 

To assist residents with collecting old electronics and to ensure environmentally safe recycling of these materials, the Village, in partnership with the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) and Supply-Chain Services, Inc. (SSI), has established an Electronics Recycling Drop-off site at the Mount Prospect Public Works Facility. 

Not all electronic items will be accepted. Please review the Electronics Recycling Acceptable Items list to see if your electronics item will be accepted.  If you do not find your electronic listed as an acceptable item please consult the SWANCC Green Pages alternative recycling options for your electronic item.

Beginning, Wednesday, April 9, Village and SWANCC member community residents can drop-off electronics at the Mount Prospect Public Works Facility. Items for recycling will only be accepted on Wednesdays between the hours of 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. starting April 9. Items brought to the Public Works Facility outside of designated hours will not be collected.

Drop off location: 1700 W. Central Rd.

Dates: Starts  Wednesday  April 9  and runs through the last Wednesday in October. The drop-off is only open on Wednesdays between the hours of 10am and 12pm.

In addition to the Mount Prospect location SWANCC sponsors several other Weekly Drop-off Locations. The locations listed below are open to all Mount Prospect residents. Collection locations will be closed on national holidays.

NEW! Glenview Transfer Station
1151 N River Road
Across from the Maryville Academy
Saturdays: 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Hoffman Estates 
Village Hall
1900 Hassel Road
Mondays: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Winnetka
Public Works
1390 Willow Road
Tuesdays: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Thursdays: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Holiday Light and Extension Cord Recycling Program  (Currently Accepting holiday lights through February 28, 2014)

Did you purchase a new set of Holiday lights this year, and don’t know what to do with your old lights? Do you have a set of Holiday lights or 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 is accepting unused and non-working Holiday string lights and extension cords. The materials in the string lights and extension cords will be reclaimed and reprocessed into new products. Most importantly they will be kept out of the landfill.

Residents can drop off their unwanted Holiday string lights and extension cords at the Public Works Department located at 1700 West Central Road between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday - Friday. The program begins November 4, 2013 with a tentative end date of February 28, 2014. Call 847. 870.5640 for more information.

The Village cannot accept garland, live greens, wreaths, or other non-recyclable materials.

Battery Recycling

The Village with the sponsorship of the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County is pleased to offer a new battery recycling program.  The purpose of the program is to provide a convenient method for recycling of household alkaline and rechargeable batteries and prevent disposal in landfills.  The program is provided at no cost to the resident, Village or SWANCC.

Who is allowed to participate?  The program is open to all Mount Prospect residents and SWANCC community residents.

What type of batteries will be accepted?  The program is only designed to accept household alkaline batteries (AAA, AA, C, D, 9V and button cells ) and rechargeable batteries (NiCad, NiMh, lithium ion, and lithium polymer)

We will not accept Nickel Iron, Mercury, Silver Oxide, or Lead Acid batteries.  These battery types would include car, marine, sump pump.

What type of Preparation is needed?  For all rechargeable batteries (Lithium, NiMh, and NiCad), residents must cover the contact points of each rechargeable battery with masking tape or place each rechargeable battery in an individual self-locking plastic bag so that the contact points on batteries do not touch each other during collection or transportation, which can cause a fire hazard.  Batteries that are not prepared properly will not be accepted.  This is not necessary with household or alkaline batteries.

Where do I drop off my batteries?  Batteries can be brought to the Public Works department (1700 West Central Road) Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

All questions should be directed to the Public Works department.  We can be reached at (847) 870-5640 or publicworksdept@mountprospect.org

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Last updated: 3/26/2014 11:49:00 AM