Weekly Recycling Pick-up

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The Basics

All eligible households receive one (1) 65-gallon recycling cart. However, all eligible households may choose to switch to a 95-gallon cart at no additional charge (effective September 1, 2013).  Materials should be placed in the cart for collection. Recyclables may be comingled inside the cart with no need to separate materials.

Acceptable Recycling Materials

Please be sure to rinse and clean all containers. Carts that are contaminated with refuse or contain improper materials will be tagged and not collected.

Acceptable materials include:


  • aluminum cans, trays and foil (trays and foil must be cleaned)
  • metal cans and tins (put lids inside cans)
  • aseptic packaging and gable top containers (milk and juice cartons)
  • glass bottles and jars (clear, brown, green); No window glass, auto glass, dinnerware or ceramics
  • PET soda, water and flavored beverage bottles (#1 clear and green plastic resin)
  • HDPE milk, water and juice jugs (#2 clear plastic resin)
  • HDPE detergent and fabric softener containers (#2 colored plastic resin)
  • PVC narrow neck containers only (#3 plastic resin); such as health and beauty products, household cleaners
  • LDPE grocery containers (#4 plastic resin); such as margarine tubs, frozen desert cups, six pack rings, etc.
  • PP grocery containers (#5 plastic resin); such as yogurt cups, and narrow neck syrup and ketchup bottles
  • #7 plastic resin narrow neck containers only
  • plastic buckets, such as kitty litter containers (5 gallon size maximum); no metal handles


  • newspaper, including inserts (remove plastic sleeves)
  • cardboard (no waxed cardboard)
  • Kraft (brown paper) bags
  • magazines, catalogs and telephone books
  • office, computer, notebook and gift wrap paper (no metal clips, spirals, binders)
  • chipboard (cereal, cake and food mix boxes, gift boxes, shoe boxes, etc.)
  • carrier stock (carrying cases for cans)
  • junk mail and envelopes (no plastic cards, stick-on labels or unused stamps)
  • paperback books (no hard cover books)


  1. All containers must be emptied and rinsed clean.
  2. No motor oil, insecticide, herbicide or hazardous chemical containers.
  3. No plastic bags – instead reuse or return to grocery or department stores.
  4. No plastic sheets or film (no plastic sheets, tarps or wrap).
  5. Expanded foam and clear polystyrene (Styrofoam) are NOT accepted (per joint advisory from the Illinois Recycling Association, Illinois Department of Commerce & Community Affairs, and Region 5 US Environmental Protection Agency).

What CAN’T be recycled

Common items NOT accepted for Recycling:

  • Containers for motor oil
  • pesticides or chemicals
  • pizza boxes
  • hangers
  • plastic bags
  • packing peanuts
  • plastic wrap
  • diapers
  • window glass

Motor oil & car batteries

Advanced Disposal Services also collects motor oil and car batteries if placed next to the recycling bin at curbside (not in bin).  Motor oil must be in a clear, clean plastic jug.

Car tires

Automobile tires can be recycled for a fee at local tire dealerships. The Environmental Protection Agency’s household hazard waste collection sites are in the Fall and Spring of the year and are posted on their web site at: www.epa.state.il.us.

[ See information of Village website HERE. ]