Additional Recycling Programs

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Plastic Bag Drop-Off

The Village of Mount Prospect is partnering with Trex Company to offer its residents two locations for plastic bag collection drop-off - the Public Works Facility (1700 W. Central Road), and Village Hall (50 S. Emerson Street). This recycling option is especially important since these materials ARE NOT ACCEPTED in the Village’s curbside recycling program. Plastic bags contaminate your recycling, and if placed in your recycling bin, the entire contents of the bin will be routed to the landfill rather than being recycled. Read More

Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb (CFL) 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 (limit of 12 4' fluorescent tubes per visit)  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

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

Electronic Recycling Drop-off Program

Electronic Recycling Drop-Off opens Wednesday, April 3, 2019.  The drop-off will be open every Wednesday between the hours of 10am - 12pm beginning April 3 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) , has established an Electronics Recycling Drop-off site at the Mount Prospect Public Works Facility. 

Not all electronic items will be accepted. Residents are limited to 7 items each week. Please review the Acceptable Electronic Material 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, the first Wednesday in April, 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.. Items brought to the Public Works Facility outside of designated hours will not be collected.

Drop off location: 1700 W. Central Rd.

Dates: Starts  the first Wednesday in April  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.

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.

Public Works
1390 Willow Road
Thursdays: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Holiday Light and Extension Cord Recycling Program  (collected all year)

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. 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.

Mercury Containing Thermometer / Thermostat/ Wall Switch Recycling

The Village of Mount Prospect Public Works Department and the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County is proud to offer residents a recycling program for mercury-containing thermometers, thermostats and wall switches.   

Mercury poses health and environmental risks. Mercury-containing products should be recycled whenever possible. Old thermometers contain up to 700 milligrams of mercury, 140 times more than a CFL. 

Residents may bring their mercury thermometers, thermostats and wall switches to Mount Prospect Public Works Department.

Where do I drop off my items?  Mercury containing thermometers, thermostats, wall switches 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

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