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“Our Environment, Our Future, Recycle”

Recycle Bin Image“There is only so much room available for solid waste disposal, and because landfills are so tightly packed, it takes a great deal of time for material to decompose. The easiest way to reduce solid waste is to reduce your consumption of daily products. Be cautious of what you buy, and whether anything you are going to put in a trash can really belong there.” www.Earth911.com

The Village of Glendale Heights through a partnership with Republic Services offers residents of single-family households Solid Waste & Recycling Services. Should you have any questions about your disposal services, please contact Republic Services at 847.981.0091.


RECYCLING – Reduce Waste; Recycle It

Through a Refuse and Recycling Service Agreement with the Village of Glendale Heights and Republic Services, residents are offered a convenient method of collecting and placing their recycling items at the curbside for pick-up services.  A wheeled, 65 Lb., Recycling Carts/Tote, (smaller sizes are available upon request from the Hauler) will be included as part of the residents’ services.

What items are collected by Republic Services for recycling? Click here for a listing of accepted paper, plastic, metal and glass items. There is no need to separate the items; they may all go in to the same container. New technology available on the recycling trucks allows for it to separates the paper from other recyclables. All recyclable materials should be rinsed free of food with caps and or lids removed. Do not place recyclable materials in plastic bags. Flatten all corrugated cardboard boxes, paperboard and wet strength carrier stock and remove any non-paper packaging material or packing peanuts.

Should you have any questions regarding recycling requirements and services, please call Republic Services Customer Service Line 847.981.0091.

You may find recycling facts at www.illinoisrecycles.org/facts.html.

Other Items Collected for Recycling by Republic Services


Yard waste is collected from April 1 to November 30 during regular or holiday collection services at the curbside by Republic Services.

Yard waste consists of grass clippings, twigs, leaves, plant materials, brush, etc. Residents are reminded not to rake leaves in the street. Leaves can accumulate over the sewer drains preventing proper water drainage.

Yard waste may be placed in waterproof 33-gallon containers with handles and tight fitting covers weighing no more than 60 lbs. when full. Yard waste may also be placed in 33-gallon Kraft paper yard waste bags available from local retailers. If a container or can is used, it must be clearly marked “For Yard Waste Only.” Plastic Bags may NOT be used for yard waste.

Brush must be bundled with biodegradable rope or twine and not be longer than 4 feet in length. The largest branch must be no more than 4 inches in diameter and each bundle must weigh no more than 60 lbs. Do NOT use wire or plastic to bind or bundle brush. Sod is NOT considered yard waste; it is garbage/refuse.


Please call Republic Services 1.847.981.0091 to make pick-up arrangements for appliances and furniture from the curbside. Some stoves and refrigerators are extremely bulky or overweight and may contain CFC gases, capacitors, and other components that are hazardous to the environment. These items will need to be picked-up through Special Collections; fee applies.


Construction and demolition debris which will not fit in a container, and is of excessive weight or amount will not be collected. Please make prearrangements (at least one day before a scheduled pick up) with Republic Services 1.847.981.0091 for a special pick up; fee applies.

For additional information on Republic Services, call:

Republic Services
2101 S. Busse Road
Mount Prospect, IL 60056

Recyclable Items Not Collected at the Curbside

Cellular Phones

Do you have a cellular phone that is no longer used or wanted? Don’t throw it in the trash; recycle it by donating it to a charitable organization.

Debbie McKenzie, Community Outreach Specialist for the Village of Glendale Heights is looking for your unwanted cell phones and their necessary accessories to donate to seniors and other individuals residing in Glendale Heights to have for emergency purposes.

RX imageExpired or Unused Medications

The residents of Glendale Heights can now dispose of expired or unused medications by dropping them off in a permanent drop box at the Glendale Heights Police Department, 300 Civic Center Plaza. Look for the large white metal drop box labeled RxBOX in the lower level Police Department Lobby.

The permanent RxBOX drop box is available to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There is no charge to residents to drop off your medications. The Village’s RxBOX program, aptly named “Reduce the Risk,” is intended to help reduce the potential for misuse of medications. The program helps to reduce safety concerns that may occur with accidental ingestion of medication by children in a household and is one way to help address the growing issue of prescription drug abuse by teens.

This new program is also intended to reduce pharmaceutical threats to our water supplies or waterways after disposal.

Click here to download a pdf press release regarding the RxBox.

Electronic Equipment

Do you have useless, non-working electronic equipment cluttering your living space at your home or office and not sure where to dispose them?

Please click here for more information.

Other Recycling Locations Nearby:

Bloomingdale Township- 123 N. Rosedale, (the annex bldg) Bloomingdale on the first Saturday of every month from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm (except holiday weekends). For more information, click here to download a pdf flyer.
SIM’S (West Chicago) - www.us.simsrecycling.com

VISIT the following Resource Websites to Search for more locations

DuPage County - www.dupageco.org
SCARCE - www.scarceecoed.org
Earth 911- www.earth911.org

Battery Recycling

Don’t throw out used batteries in the trash; recycle it! Did you know that……batteries contain potentially hazardous elements and metals such as zinc, nickel-cadmium, nickel metal hydride, and lithium that cause unnecessary heavy metal contamination to the planet?

The Village of Glendale Heights collects batteries at the Sports Hub and Civic Center Plaza counters. You may also check out Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation’s website at www.RBRC.com for the closest recycling drop off locations. RBRC lists Radio Shack, Ace Hardware, Target, Office Depot, Sears, Home Depot, Lowes, Best Buy, Circuit City, Cingular Wireless, US Cellular, Verizon, Sam’s Club, Office Max and other retail stores. You may also visit www.earth911.com.

Fluorescent Lamp Recycling

Did you know that… the CFL bulb uses a fraction of the electricity used by incandescent light bulbs. CFLs are becoming a household name for many reasons, including the attention given to them by Congress. Due to the their inefficient use of energy, incandescent bulbs will be banned by Congress, starting in 2012, with a complete phase out by 2014; even existing halogen bulbs will now make Congress’ new mandate to make all bulbs 70 percent more efficient by 2020.

Because the CFL bulbs contain mercury they must be disposed of properly. You may drop off your used CFL bulbs for recycling at the following locations:

Home Depot and IKEA stores or visit www.earth911.org for more recycling locations.

Latex Paint Management

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has determined that latex paint is not toxic and therefore, is no longer accepted at household hazardous waste collection events or the regional household hazardous waste disposal facility. Below are some helpful reuse and recycling tips to manage your next paint job.

  • When painting a room, buy what you need, not just what is on sale
  • Save left over paint in a glass jar that leaves almost no air space, so the paint will be good for touch ups
  • Then, label the jar for which room the paint was used or keep in the room itself then the paint will be the correct paint for the room
  • Do not store paint in the garage - once frozen it is not reusable
  • Republic Services will accept paint during curbside collections if it is properly prepared. Residents must mix in sand, dirt, kitty litter or oil dry to soak up the paint, until the substance has turned into a dry paste. The can(s) should, then, be placed next to the cart/toter (with the tops off). This allows the driver to verify that the material has been prepared properly. Once the driver confirms that the material is suitable for disposal, it will be placed in the carts. Failure to adhere to this protocol poses a safety hazard to the driver and to the community it serves.
  • Some Ace Hardware stores are accepting paint for reuse---for a fee.
  • See DuPage County’s Latex Paint Recycling Program for reuse/recycle facilities.

Oil Based Paint, Paint Thinners, Stain and Varnish Finishes are Toxic.

Through a program funded by the IEPA (Illinois Environmental Protection Agency), Illinois residents may drop-off unwanted oil based paint at the Regional Household Hazardous Waste Facility, located at 1979 Brookdale Rd. Naperville (Near I-88 Highway 59). This is a drive through, drop-off facility open Sat/Sun 9-2pm; except on Holidays. For more information, visit http://www.naperville.il.us/hhw.aspx or call 630.420.4190 or visit the ILEPA website at www.epa.state.il.us/land/hazardous-waste/household-haz-waste/hhw-disposal.html#Paint.

Find a Local Recycling Center

If you have a recyclable item that is not collected by your waste/recycling service provider and would like to improve our environment by recycling, you may take your recyclable items to a recycling center on your own.

The Illinois Environment Protection Agency does not directly permit recycling centers. To find recycling locations, IEPA offers the following tips:



Did You Know That?


  • Recycled paper saves 60 percent energy versus virgin paper.
  • Recycled paper generates 95 percent less air pollution: each ton saves 60 pounds of air pollution.
  • Recycling one ton of paper saves 17 trees and 7,000 gallons of water.
  • Every year, enough paper is thrown away to make a 12-foot wall from New York to California.
  • Production of recycled paper uses 80 percent less water, 65 percent less energy and produces 95 percent less air pollution than virgin paper production.
  • If offices throughout the country increased the rate of two-sided photocopying from the 1991 figure of 20 percent to 60 percent, they could save the equivalent of about 15 million trees.


  • Plastic milk containers are now only half the weight that they were in 1960.
  • If we recycled every plastic bottle we used, we would keep two billion tons of plastic out of landfills.
  • According to the U.S. EPA, recycling a pound of PET saves approximately 12,000 BTUs.
  • We use enough plastic wrap to wrap all of Texas every year.


  • Recycled aluminum saves 95 percent energy versus virgin aluminum; recycling of one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hour.
  • Recycled aluminum reduces pollution by 95 percent.
  • Four pounds of bauxite are saved for every pound of aluminum recycled.
  • Enough aluminum is thrown away to rebuild our commercial air fleet four times every year.


  • Recycled glass saves 50 percent energy versus virgin glass.
  • Recycling of one glass container saves enough energy to light a 100-watt bulb for four hours.
  • Recycled glass generates 20 percent less air pollution and 50 percent less water pollution.
  • One ton of glass made from 50 percent recycled materials saves 250 pounds of mining waste.
  • Glass can be reused an infinite number of times; over 41 billion glass containers are made each year.
Village of Glendale Heights, 300 Civic Center Plaza, Glendale Heights, IL 60139
E-mail: greenteam@glendaleheights.org