Changes in Recycling Industry Mean Changes in How We Recycle at Home
Recycling has become a way of life for many Americans. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, more than 34% of garbage is recycled. However, recycling as we know it is at a critical crossroads. The current recycling model is no longer sustainable or viable. Read More
What does this mean for you?
Shifts in the waste management industry are resulting in a complete overhaul in recycling methods and collection that are hitting close to home. Republic Services will continue to collect recycling however, immediate actions will change how and what is recycled through the curbside collection service.
The biggest issue affecting consumer recycling today is contamination. Things like plastic bags, organic matter (food, liquid and yard waste), rubber hoses, wires and low-grade plastics can contaminate recycling and cause recyclable items to be landfilled.
Curbside recycling materials that are contaminated with items that cannot be processed or have not been properly cleaned cause havoc at recycling facilities by increasing sorting time, causing damage to recycling equipment and decreasing the value of commodities. It has become necessary to shift the recycling model to make recycling sustainable.
The main thing residents can do to help are:
- Sort smarter – learn what can and cannot be recycled
- Do not place food waste in recycling containers – including pizza boxes!
- Do not use plastic bags for recyclables
- Make sure items are empty, clean and dry
In the coming months, Republic Services’ route drivers will be checking the contents of recycling carts prior to collection. Any contamination will result in a tag with instructions. Residents will be required to remove all contaminated recycling prior to being serviced on their next collection day.
For more information, contact the Public Works Department at 847-870-5640.
- 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.
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.
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 recycling directory for a complete list of 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 (Drop off available all year)
1151 N River Road
Across from the Maryville Academy
Saturdays: 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
1900 Hassel Road
Mondays: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
1390 Willow Road
Thursdays: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
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.
Unused/Expired prescription medications
Prescription cough syrup
Prescription ear drops and eye drops
Expired over the counter medications
Pharmaceutical Controlled Substances
Institutional or business waste
Household Chemical Waste
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.
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). When residents bring their unwanted plastic materials to Trex drop-off locations, not only are they helping to keep thousands of pounds of waste out of landfills, they are also helping Trex create beautiful and environmentally responsible outdoor products.
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.
The following materials will be accepted at both drop-off locations:
- newspaper sleeves
- bread bags
- product wrap
- cereal liners
- food storage bags
- ice bags
- pellet bags
- produce bags
- dry cleaning bags
- plastic grocery bags
- case overwrap
- air pillows used in packaging
- salt bags
All material brought to the drop-off locations must be clean and dry.
Locations and Hours of Operation for Collection Sites:
Public Works Facility
1700 W. Central Rd
Mount Prospect, IL 60056
50 S. Emerson St
Mount Prospect, IL 60056
For more information, contact the Public Works Department at 847-870-5640.
Starting the week of January 15th, 2018 residents of Mount Prospect will have a convenient curbside collection program that will help reduce harmful environmental impact of textile waste. The Village of Mount Prospect is partnering with Simple Recycling to offer residents an effective and innovative way to choose recycling over throwing away. Simple Recycling exists to provide communities with a scalable and convenient solution to help dramatically reduce the harmful impact of textile waste. The free textile collection service aims to forge long-lasting benefits for the environment, people and communities alike.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 85% of all clothing ends up in the landfill with only 15% being donated. Proactive efforts to recycle clothing, shoes, and accessories today can have the same impact as removing millions of cars from the nation's roads. In addition, when recycled or reused, these items help reduce greenhouse gasses more than recycling glass, plastics, and yard trimmings.
Adam Winfield, President for Simple Recycling says: “We focus on convenience and simplicity. Our goal is to offer residents the simplest way to let your clothing be loved again.”
For those residents that traditionally donate clothing to charities, the Village and Simple Recycling encourages them to continue to do so.
How Do I Participate
How Do I Request Bags
To kick start the program Simple Recycling mailed bags to all single family homes. When you set your bags at the curb for collection the driver will leave replacement bags behind. If you need additional bags you have the following options.
- Stop by the Public Works Department and pickup bags. Public Works is located at 1700 W. Central Rd. We are open Monday through Friday 7:30am - 5:00pm.
- Request bags from Simple Recycling online http://simplerecycling.com/bag-request/
What Items Can be Collected
For more detailed information regarding textile recycling, please visit the village’s website or contact the Public Works Department at 847-870-5640.
Mount Prospect residents can now access Recycle Coach, free of charge, from their desktop computers, mobile devices, or through digital assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Home. This free platform makes it easy and provides the following:
- Garbage and Recycling Schedule
- Receive weekly reminders for garbage and recycling collections
- Boost your recycling knowledge
- Detailed information on where and how to recycle thousands of items.
For further inquiries regarding your garbage, recycling schedule or questions if your address is not currently listed under the collection schedule, please email.